GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia men’s swimming team is currently fourth overall in the standings after three days at the 2021 ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
UVA has 629 points heading into the final day of competition on Saturday. Louisville leads the meet (783), Virginia Tech is second (767), NC State is third (732) and North Carolina fifth (545).
“How about them breaststrokers,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “Great night for Keefer, Noah, and Matt all posting huge lifetime bests, with Noah smashing the UVA record taking second. The rest of the guys fought hard with plenty of lifetime bests today. We are a young swim this year with two-thirds of our team first or second-years and they are learning quick. Looking forward to tomorrow as Saturday is traditionally our teams strongest day.”
Max Edwards (Winston-Salem, N.C.) won the C Final to finish 17th overall in the 100-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 46.29. Matt Brownstead (Port Matilda, Pa.) was 19th in 46.88 and Konnar Klinksiek (San Antonio, Texas) finished 23rd in 47.35, both season-best swims.
UVA had two in the A Final of the 400-yard individual medley. Casey Storch (Great Falls, Va.) just missed the podium, placing fourth in a time of 3:44.31, marking his best swim of the season in that event. Sean Conway (Round Hill, Va.) was eighth with a season-best time in 3:45.70. Daniel Gyenis (Herndon, Va.) finished 14th with a time of 3:51.34, cutting three seconds off his best time of the year.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Jack Wright (Wexford, Pa.) was the top finisher for the Cavaliers, placing sixth in a season-best time of 1:34.18. Sam Schilling (Excelsior, Minn.) was 12th in 1:35.89 and Jack Walker (Charlotte, N.C.) finished 14th in a season-best, 1:36.23.
Noah Nichols (Midlothian, Va.) swam his way on to the podium in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing second in a school record and NCAA A qualifying time of 51.36. Keefer Barnum (Louisville, Ky.) finished fifth in 51.76, a career-best swim, and Matthew Otto (Newark, Del.) was 11th in 52.59, also a career-best time.
Justin Grender (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished seventh in the 100-yard backstroke with a career-best time of 46.76. Edwards finished 16th with a time of 47.43 and William Cole (Prospect, Ky.) won the C Final to finish 17th with a career-best time of 46.45.
The night ended with the 400-yard medley relay. Cole led off with the backstroke, Nichols swam breaststroke, Edwards swam butterfly and Brownstead anchored with the freestyle, to combine for a season-best time of 3:06.88 and finish fourth.
The 2021 ACC Championship concludes on Saturday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m., with the 1,650-yard freestyle beginning at 3:50 p.m. Both sessions will be streamed on ACCNX.