Virginia Places Eighth at ACC Championships
Feb. 28, 2015
ATLANTA–The No. 25 Virginia men’s swimming and diving team finished eighth at the ACC Championships Saturday (Feb. 28) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
The Cavaliers finished with 618 points, behind champion NC State (1,331), Louisville (1,178.5), Virginia Tech (1,123), North Carolina (1,062.5), Notre Dame (675), Georgia Tech (663.5) and Florida State (619). Duke was ninth with 435 points, followed by Pitt (369.5), Boston College (179) and Miami (105).
“It is disappointing to finish the meet the way we did,” UVa head coach Augie Busch said. “There were plenty of bright spots this weekend from our very young team, but to end it like we did this morning and tonight is a tough pill to swallow. We will remember this feeling and use it as motivation moving forward with these young men. I am very thankful for the support that our parents and fans gave us this week. Rest assured, we will work extremely hard to advance this program at both the conference and national levels.”
In the 1,650 free timed finals, freshman Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif.) finished fifth in a time of 15:05.09, while junior Rodney Fentress (Virginia Beach, Va.) and freshman Omer Tara (Istanbul, Turkey) placed 19th (15:21.54) and 24th (15:32.00), respectively.
Sophomore Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) touched sixth in the 200 back in 1:44.03. Freshman Henrik Pohlmann (Beavercreek, Ohio) won the bonus final (17th overall) in a time of 1:45.19, while senior Charlie Putnam (McLean, Va.) placed 23rd overall in 1:47.54.
In the 200 breast consolation final, junior Yannick Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland) came from behind to win and finish ninth overall in a time of 1:55.84. Fellow junior Eric Holden (Orange, Conn.) placed 20th overall in 1:59.74.
In the 100 free, Magana placed 18th overall in 44.15, which ranks eighth on UVa’s all-time top-10 list, while Lockman was 23rd in 44.67. Lockman’s prelim time of 44.18 ranks right behind Magana on UVa’s all-time list.
The meet was part of the Commonwealth Clash between Virginia and Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech earned a point in the competition with its win this weekend, Virginia holds a 7.5-5.5 lead overall.
The Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529 is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line. Fans are also encouraged to support their team through a fan-based point. The school that accumulates 11.5 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. Visit www.TheCommonwealthClash.com for more information and updated standings.