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Feb. 26, 2015


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ATLANTA–The No. 25 Virginia men’s swimming and diving team finished action on the second day of the ACC Championships Thursday (Feb. 26) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Through the second day of swimming and including all three diving events, UVa is in fourth place with 342 points, behind Virginia Tech (558), North Carolina (503) and NC State (495). Louisville is fifth (338), followed by Florida State (320), Georgia Tech (274), Notre Dame (268), Duke (216), Pitt (193), Boston College (109) and Miami (105).

“On the whole we had some strong swims today with several personal best times,” UVa head coach Augie Busch said. “Several men made finals which is obviously critical, but from there it is equally important to improve upon those performances at night, and we could have done a better job of that. Our best events are still ahead of us and we have to come out in tomorrow’s prelim session and swim inspired. If we do that we will be in a great position moving forward into the meet’s final three sessions.”

The 200 free relay of seniors Jake Pearce (Tulsa, Okla.) and Charlie Rommel (East Amherst, N.Y.), freshman Nicholas Magana (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and sophomore Matt Lockman (Charlottesville, Va.) placed eighth in a time of 1:19.14.

In the 500 free, sophomore Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) finished eighth in the championship final in 4:23.61. Freshman Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif.) placed third in the 500 free consolation final (11th overall) in a time of 4:22.65.

Rommel finished sixth in the 50 free consolation final (14th overall) in a time of 19.94. He swam a time of 19.92 in prelims, which ranks fifth on UVa’s all-time top-10 list. Competing in the C final, Pearce placed 20th overall in 20.04, while Lockman was 22nd in 20.22 and Magana was 23rd in 22.24. Magana posted a 20.04 in prelims, which ranks 10th on UVa’s all-time top-10 list.

Freshman Henrik Pohlmann (Beavercreek, Ohio) won the C final (17th overall) of the 200 IM in a season-best time of 1:46.78.

The action continues Friday (Feb. 26) with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay. Prelims are set for a 10 a.m. start and finals are slated for a 6 p.m. start.

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