GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia men’s swimming team began competition with a third-place finish and UVA record in the 200-yard medley relay at the 2021 ACC Championship on Wednesday afternoon at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
“Excited for the start our men had tonight breaking our program record in the first event of the night,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “Our goal is to continuously get better and score more points year to year. Both our relays tonight finished higher than last year so we are off to a great start. Looking forward to getting deeper into this meet and watching the fight our men bring.”
The first day featured the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay.
UVA started the competition with a podium finish, placing third in the 200-yard medley relay. William Cole (Prospect, Ky.) led off the group with backstroke, followed by Keefer Barnum (Louisville, Ky.) swimming the breaststroke leg, Max Edwards (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was third with butterfly and Matt Brownstead (Port Matilda, Pa.) anchored the freestyle leg. Brownstead swam the fastest anchor leg of the meet as the team clocked a school-record time of 1:23.86.
In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the group of Jack Wright (Wexford, Pa.), Sam Schilling (Excelsior, Minn.), Sean Conway (Round Hill, Va.) and Justin Grender (Cincinnati, Ohio), respectively, finished fourth in a time of 6:17.89.
After the first two relays and the inclusion of the 3-meter diving scores, UVA is 10th with 106 points. North Carolina leads (304), Virginia Tech is second (249), Louisville is third (238) Miami fourth (207) and Florida State rounds out the top five (205).
Virginia will be back in action on Thursday, with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Both sessions will be streamed live on ACCNX.