Virginia's 800 Freestyle Relay Finishes Fourth at NCAA Championships
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s 800 freestyle relay team earned All-America honors for the 13th consecutive year with a fourth-place finish late Friday as the NCAA Championships continued from Federal Way, Wash. The meet, which concludes Saturday, is being held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
Senior Peter Geissinger, senior David Karasek, sophomore Parker Camp and junior Tom Barrett touched in 6:20.97 to finish fourth in the 800 freestyle relay. The Cavaliers have scored points in the event at every championship since 2000 and have finished among the top-8 for the past five years.
The Cavaliers jumped to 15th place with 50 points in the team standings.
Karasek also collected All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the 200 freestyle. He set a lifetime best with a 1:34.42 in the preliminaries, a mark that ranks third all-time in Virginia history. At night, Karasek touched in 1:35.10.
Geissinger was named an honorable mention All-American with his 15th-place finish in the 200 freestyle. His best swim of the day was a 1:35.30, also during preliminaries. He went 1:35.97 at night in the consolation final and also split a 1:35.97 leading off the 800 freestyle relay.
Camp, swimming in his first NCAA Championships, was 21st overall in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:36.02. Sophomore Brady Fox was 30th in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 48.19. He is also making his national meet debut.
On the boards, senior Briggy Imbriglia placed 30th on the 3-meter with a score of 298.60.
Virginia’s 200 medley relay team of Camp, Karasek, Geissinger and Barrett posted a season-best time of 1:27.46 in the preliminaries for 14th overall, but was disqualified during the consolation final.
Day three of the NCAA Championships continues Saturday with the 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 1650 freestyle, platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern) with finals commencing at 7 p.m. Pacific (10 p.m. Eastern). Links to live webcasts and live results are available on VirginiaSports.com.
|2012 NCAA Men’s Championships|
|Team Standings (through event 14)|
|8. Southern California||119|