Prelims: Day Four at Men's ACCs
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – The No. 15 Virginia men’s swimming team continued competition Saturday at the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships with preliminaries in the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly. Timed finals of the 1650 freestyle are also scheduled leading up to the final session of the meet, which begins at 7 p.m.
The Cavaliers placed three swimmers in the final of the first two events of the morning, the 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle.
Junior Brady Fox and sophomore Parker Camp posted the two fastest times of the morning in the 200 backstroke. Fox became only the second person in Virginia history to go 1:42 after he finished in 1:42.80. That time trails only school record holder Luke Wagner, who went 1:42.67 in 2001. Camp touched in 1:43.50 and junior Matt Murray was able to sneak into the final with the eighth-fastest time, 1:45.37. All three UVa marks were NCAA ‘B’ standards.
Senior captain Peter Geissinger led a trio of Cavaliers into the final of the 100 freestyle. He tallied the second-best time of the morning, touching in 43.11. Senior David Karasek (43.58) and junior Tom Barrett (43.77) also earned their way into the final. All three Virginia times were also ‘B’ marks.
Sophomore Taylor Grey will participate in the final of the 200 breaststroke this evening after he clocked a ‘B’ time of 1:58.85 in the preliminaries. Additionally, juniors Tom Casey (2:00.98) and Nick Montes de Oca (2:01.56) will swim in the consolation final.
Junior Matt Houser was second-fastest out of the prelims in the 200 butterfly with a NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:45.48. He will be joined in the championship final by freshman David Ingraham, who touched in 1:46.28, also a ‘B’ mark. Sophomore Nathan Hart just missed a finals berth with a mark of 1:46.89 to finish ninth overall. He will swim tonight in the consolation final.
Just 18.5 points separate the top-3 teams at the ACC Championships heading into the final session. Virginia is the current leader with 406 points for a slim lead over North Carolina (394) and host Virginia Tech (387.5) with six swimming events remaining.
Finals begin at 7 p.m. and will be available via a live webcast. Diving points from the platform event will be added and the 400 freestyle relay will also be contested this evening.