CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s swimming team concluded the first day (Feb. 26) of the ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in third place with 218 points.
NC State leads the meet with 243 points, while Florida State is in second place with 237 points.
The Cavaliers opened the meet with senior Joe Clark (Worcester Park, Great Britain), junior Keefer Barnum (Louisville, Ky.), freshman Max Edwards (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and freshman August Lamb (Charlottesville, Va.) recording a time of 1:24.98 in the 200-yard medley relay. The UVA relay placed fourth in the event to score 52 points for the Cavaliers. Virginia’s time in the event is tied for third in UVA history.
Virginia followed with a fifth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Senior Ryan Baker (Arlington, Va.), junior Samuel Schilling (Excelsior, Minn.), freshman Jack Wright (Wexford, Pa.) and freshman Jack Walker (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded a time of 6:16.68, the fourth-fastest 800 free relay time in UVA history.
Virginia will compete in day two of the ACC Championships on Thursday with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. Finals will start at 6 p.m. and will be streamed on ACCNX.
• Tonight’s team score included points from the men’s 3m dive.
• Both relays recorded a season-best time.
• In the time trials, sophomore Justin Grender (Cincinnati, Ohio) swam a time of 1:40.71 in the 200-yard backstroke. His time ranks third in UVA history.
• Junior Matthew Otto (Newark, Del.) recorded a season-best swim in a time trial for the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing the race with a time of 1:55.43.
Quote from Todd DeSorbo
“I’m happy with this start for the men,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “We are sitting with more points after day one than we had last year, so we are off to a good start. Our relays were solid with some great splits from some young guys, especially August Lamb with his anchor on the medley. We had a few guys swimming a little wild, maybe a little too amped up, but rather that than coming out too flat. I’m excited for the first full day tomorrow as we get cranking with three great events for us.”