March 8, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 14 Virginia men’s swimming and diving team qualified five student-athletes for individual events at the 2017 NCAA Championships hosted March 22-25 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Cavaliers will be represented by senior Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), sophomore Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.), and freshmen Joe Clark (Worcester Park, Great Britain), Ted Schubert (Ashland, Va.) and John Whiteside (Fairfield, Conn.).
Virginia will also compete in four of the five relay events.
Fong is making his second appearance at the NCAA Championships after competing in the 2016 NCAA Championships in the 200-yard butterfly. Fong qualified for the 200 fly again as a sophomore this season.
The other four Cavaliers will all be making their NCAA Championships debut.
Schubert qualified for the 200-yard butterfly along with Fong, while Clark qualified for the 100-yard backstroke and Whiteside qualified for the 100-yard freestyle. Quinn qualified for the 400-yard individual medley.
Clark set the school record in the backstroke, taking the silver medal at the ACC Championships with a time of 45.63, while Whiteside took a silver medal in the 100-yard freestyle and turned in the program’s second-fastest time when he swam the opening leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 42.76.
A total of 270 participants (235 swimmers and 35 divers) will compete in the championships. Swimmers qualified for the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Divers will be determined by performances achieved at the Zone Diving meets March 6-11.
ESPN3.com will live stream finals sessions on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday’s evening session, Thursday’s sessions along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on www.ncaa.com and www.indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 5 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, April 5.
Virginia’s Individual Qualifiers
Joe Clark – Worcester Park, Great Britain
Zach Fong – Moorestown, N.J.
Austin Quinn – Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Ted Schubert – Ashland, Va.
John Whiteside – Fairfield, Conn.