GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia men’s swimming team had two podium finishes on the final night and finished fourth overall with a score of 921 in the 2021 ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Virginia started the night with Justin Grender (Cincinnati, Ohio) swimming to a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Grender clocked in with a time of 1:40.63, the second-fastest time in school history. Sean Conway (Round Hill, Va.) finished fifth with a time of 1:42.52 and William Cole (Prospect, Ky.) won the B Final in a season-best time of 1:41.65.

The success continued into the 100-yard freestyle, with Matt Brownstead (Port Matilda, Pa.) making a huge surge on the final lap to win in UVA record time of 41.87. It was Brownstead’s second win of the week. August Lamb (Charlottesville, Va.) was 15th with a time of 43.18 in the B Final.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Noah Nichols (Midlothian, Va.) finished fifth in a time of 1:52.98, the second-fastest time in UVA history and just .07 off Keefer Barnum’s school record. Barnum (Louisville, Ky.) was sixth in 1:53.02. Casey Storch (Great Falls, Va.) finished 10th in a time of 1:54.28.

Josh Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) finished sixth with a time of 1:43.98 in the 200-yard butterfly to close out the individual events for the meet.

The Cavaliers closed out the night with a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Brownstead, Lamb, Grender and Sam Schilling (Excelsior, Minn.), respectively, finished with a time of 2:50.79.

Louisville won the 2021 ACC Championships (1181), with NC State finishing second (1179) and Virginia Tech third (1085).


Virginia diving will compete in the NCAA Zone Diving Championships March 8-10 in Morgantown, W.Va.