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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s swimming team qualified five student-athletes for the 2012 NCAA Championships, set for March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.

Seniors Peter Geissinger and David Karasek, juniors Tom Barrett and Brady Fox and sophomore Park Camp have each been selected to participate in the NCAA Championships.

“This meet continues to be the most challenging in the world short of the Olympic Games and World Championships,” Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said. “This year proved no different based on qualifying. We are extremely pleased to be represented by five outstanding men who will have the opportunity to race in multiple individual and relay events.”

All five Virginia relays have also qualified for the NCAA Championships. UVa’s 800 freestyle relay team of Geissinger, Barrett, Camp and Karasek won the event at the ACC Championships last month and earned an automatic berth into the national meet with a time of 6:18.35.

“Our goals will be a little more modest compared to the last three seasons when we were a top-10 team,” Bernardino continued. “We are bringing a smaller group than we are accustomed to over the past several years. This is a young team; one that is in the learning stages.”

Geissinger and Karasek will be appearing at the NCAA Championships for the fourth time. Barrett returns for a second time, while Camp and Fox will make their NCAA debuts.

The highest finish in school history for UVa was an eighth-place showing last season.

Virginia’s 2012 NCAA Qualifiers
Tom Barrett, Jr.

800 freestyle relay

Parker Camp, So.
800 freestyle relay

Brady Fox, Jr.
200 backstroke

Peter Geissinger, Sr.
100 butterfly
100 freestyle
200 freestyle
800 freestyle relay

David Karasek, Sr.
200 individual medley
200 freestyle
800 freestyle relay

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