March 20, 2018
|Virginia at NCAA Championships|
|Date||Wed.- Sat., March. 21- 24, 2018|
|Time||Wednesday: Finals 7 p.m.
Thursday: Prelims 11 a.m. | Diving 1:15 p.m. | Finals 7 p.m.
Friday: Prelims 11 a.m. | Diving 1:15 p.m. | Finals 7 p.m.
Saturday: Prelims 11 a.m. | Diving 1 p.m. | Finals 7 p.m.
|Location||Minneapolis, Minn. | Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center|
Thursday: Prelims | Diving | Finals
Friday: Prelims | Diving | Finals
Saturday: Prelims | Diving | Finals
|Coverage||Live Results | Notes|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Meet Central|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s swimming and diving team will open competition at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday (March 21) at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Preliminary races will begin at 11 a.m. on all four days of competition, while the finals will begin at 7 p.m. All times are Eastern.
The final sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed on ESPN3. The remaining sessions will be broadcast on the NCAA Championships’ microsite at www.gophersports.com. Links to video streams and live results can be found at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers will send 15 student-athletes to the championship site. Ten swimmers, senior Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.), redshirt junior Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif.), juniors Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.), Bryce Keblish (Fairfield, Conn.) and Sam Magnan (Bethlehem, Pa.), sophomores Joe Clark (Worcester Park, Great Britain) and Ted Schubert (Ashland, Va.), and freshmen Keefer Barnum (Louisville, Ky.), Robby Giller (Wilton, Conn.) and Matthew Otto (Newark, Del.), will compete in individual events. Sophomore Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) qualified in all three diving events,
Additionally, junior Alex Albracht (Mission Hills, Kan.), sophomore Ryan Baker (Arlington, Va.) and freshmen Samuel Schilling (Excelsior, Minn.) and Cooper Wozencraft (Houston, Texas) will travel to the championship site as relay alternates. Virginia will compete in four of five relay competitions. The Cavaliers will participate in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay.
The Cavaliers are coming off a third-place finish at the ACC Championships. It was the program’s best finish since the 2013 season.
Heading into the meet, four Cavaliers rank in the top 20 in at least one event. Schubert ranks sixth in the 400-yard individual medley and 13th in the 200-yard butterfly. He will also compete in the 1650-yard freestyle. Casey enters with the 14th best performance in the 400-yard individual medley in addition to qualifying in the 1650-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke. Clark holds the 12th-fastest performance in the 100-yard backstroke, while Otto ranks 19th in the 200-yard breaststroke. Additionally, Clark will compete in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle. Otto will participate in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard individual medley.
Fong will make his third NCAA appearance, competing in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley, while both Keblish and Georgiadis will make their second appearance after swimming last season as members of Virginia relay teams. Keblish will participate in the 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard freestyle as Georgiadis will swim in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle.
Shelton qualified for his second NCAA Championships after advancing from the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform dive.
Barnum, Giller and Magnan will compete in their first NCAA championship.
NCAA Championship Schedule with Virginia’s probable entries
Wednesday, March 21
800 freestyle relay – Virginia
Thursday, March 22
200 freestyle relay
500 freestyle- Robby Giller, Sam Magnan
200 individual medley – Keefer Barnum, Zach Fong, Bryce Keblish
50 freestyle – Joe Clark, Luke Georgiadis
400 medley relay – Virginia
1-meter dive- Bryce Shelton
Friday, March 23
400 individual medley- Brendan Casey, Robby Giller, Matthew Otto, Ted Schubert
100 butterfly- Zach Fong, Bryce Keblish
200 freestyle – Luke Georgiadis, Sam Magnan
100 breaststroke- Keefer Barnum, Matthew Otto
100 backstroke- Joe Clark
200 medley relay- Virginia
3-meter -Bryce Shelton
Saturday, March 24
200 backstroke- Brendan Casey, Robby Giller
100 freestyle- Joe Clark, Luke Georgiadis, Bryce Keblish
200 breaststroke- Keefer Barnum, Matthew Otto
200 butterfly- Zach Fong, Ted Schubert
platform – Bryce Shelton
1650 freestyle – Brendan Casey, Sam Magnan, Ted Schubert
400 freestyle relay- Virginia