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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 15 Virginia men’s swimming team continued competition Thursday at the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships with preliminaries in the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle. Virginia had six swimmers earn spots in championship finals and five more that will come back in consolation finals.

“The long and short of it is, it’s a long meet,” Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said. “We’ve haven’t done ourselves any favors going into the third session. We have up precious eighth place spots. We were ninth in two races and that is one place we never want to be. We have to come back tonight and hang onto those ninth places for dear life and hope we can move up in a couple of other places.”

Sophomore Jan Daniec is the top seed out of the morning in the 500 freestyle after clocking a NCAA ‘B’ time of 4:20.38 during the preliminaries. He will be joined in the championship final by teammates Parker Camp (4:22.25, ‘B’) and Nathan Vredeveld (4:23.96, ‘B’). Sophomore Bradley Phillips finished in a time of 4:24.68 to place ninth and miss a chance at the championship heat; he will instead swim in the consolation final.

Two more Cavaliers earned spots in the championship final of the 200 individual medley. Senior David Karasek’s 1:45.41 was the second-fastest out of the morning and junior Matt Houser clocked a time of 1:45.73, the third-best. Sophomore Taylor Grey (1:47.86) and freshman David Ingraham (1:47.89) were ninth and 10th, respectively, and will compete in the consolation final, as will junior Nick Montes de Oca, who was 16th (1:48.92). All five of those times were NCAA ‘B’ standards. Additionally, sophomore Nathan Hart placed 20th in the morning with a time of 1:49.59.

Senior captain Peter Geissinger swam his way into the championship final of the 50 freestyle, touching in 17.79. Junior Tom Barrett will participate in the consolation race after he clocked a time of 20.06. Both times were NCAA ‘B’ standards.

Finals begin at 7 p.m. and will be available via a live webcast. Points from men’s 3-meter diving will be added in to the team scores tonight and the 200 freestyle relay will also be contested.

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