Feb. 24, 2016
Greensboro, N.C. – A third-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay highlighted the first day of competition for the UVA men’s swimming and diving team at the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
The Cavalier quartet of junior Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), sophomore Nick Magana (Scottsdale, Ariz.), freshman Bryce Keblish (Fairfield, Conn.) and sophomore Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.) swam a season-best time of 6:22.59 to earn the team its first trip to the podium during the four-day meet that runs through Saturday. It was UVA’s best time in the event since the 2013 ACC Championships.
Virginia opened the meet with an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The Cavaliers team of Quinn, senior Yannick Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland), freshman Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) and junior Matt Lockman (Charlottesville, Va.) turned in a time of 1:26.49, the third best in program history. Quinn started the meet on positive note by swimming his leg of the backstroke in a time of 21.86, which bettered his previous best time of 22.14.
“We got off to a strong start tonight,” said UVA coach Augie Busch. “It was great seeing the 800 swimmers step up and reach the podium. I feel like we’re ready to do well here this week and they do too. We’ll get some rest tonight and ready ourselves for the first full day of racing tomorrow. We’re looking forward to it.”
The meet continues Thursday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. in the 500-yard free, 200-yard IM, 50-yard free and 200-yard free relay.
After the first day of competition, Virginia is in third place with 146 points. Virginia Tech leads the field with 169 points followed by North Carolina with 149. The first-day results include one-meter diving results that took place last week.