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COLLEGE PARK, Md. Sophomore Matt McLean broke his own conference record in the 500 freestyle Thursday as preliminaries began day two the 2009 ACC Championships in College Park, Md. The meet is being held at the Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium.

McLean had the best time in the prelims, finishing in 4:13.90, a new conference, school and meet record. The mark, an NCAA A time, bested his previous record of 4:14.10 set at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Classmate Taylor Smith also clocked an A time (4:15.19) and will be joined by John Snawerdt (4:17.68, B) and Darren Ankosko (4:18.27, B) in the finals tonight. Freshman David Karasek also finished with an NCAA B time of 4:24.09 and will compete in the consolation finals.

Four Cavaliers will also be swimming in the finals of the 200 individual medley. John Azar (1:45.32), the defending champion in the event, and Pat Mellors (1:46.54), the 2007 event winner and record holder, will both participate in the finals along with Pat Reams (1:46.16) and Tim Hayes (1:46.56). All of UVa’s times in the prelims with NCAA B standards. Tony Colella just missed a spot in the finials, posting the ninth-fastest time of the morning (1:47.18, B). He will swim in the consolation finals this evening.

Scot Robison clocked the fastest time of the morning in the 50 freestyle, finishing in 19.52, an NCAA B time and a Virginia record. Former Cavalier Luke Anderson was the previous record holder with a 19.58 in 2005. Robison will be the lone Cavalier swimming in the finals of the event this evening. Lee Roberston was .03 away from the finals; he finished ninth overall with an NCAA B time of 19.97. Robertson and Peter Geissinger (20.03) will compete in the consolation finals tonight.

ACC Select will provide live video streaming of the championships starting tonight at 5:15 p.m. There is no charge to watch the webcasts. ACC Select coverage will continue Friday at 5:15 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Live results from the championships are available by clicking here.

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