Virginia men place fourth at ACC championship
This weekend marked the end of a six-year ACC Championship win streak dating back to 2008 for the No. 22 Virginia men’s swimming and diving team.
No. 18 Virginia Tech was crowned ACC Champions with 1,264 points, while No. 20 North Carolina State placed second and No. 13 North Carolina finished third with 1,226 and 995 points, respectively. The Cavaliers placed fourth, scoring 972 points.
Despite the disappointing finish, Virginia drew several positives from the meet, including breaking three school records and earning several medals.
The 200-yard medley relay record fell on the first day of competition, with the team of senior Jack Murfee, sophomore Yannick Kaeser, and juniors David Ingraham and Charlie Rommel notching a time of 1:24.98. The time was good for fourth in the competition and an automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Championships.
Virginia’s 800-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay teams, along with Ingraham in the 400-yard individual medley, all earned NCAA automatic qualifying times.
At preliminary qualifying Friday, junior Kyle Dudzinski broke Virginia’s school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 46.06.
Virginia won its first individual event Saturday on the fourth and final day of competition when senior Brad Phillips won the 1,650-yard freestyle. Sophomore Luke Papendick broke his own school record in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:40.99, earning Virginia’s second individual event win. Kaeser earned silver medals in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday and the 200-yard breaststroke Saturday.
The Virginia men’s divers will next compete in the NCAA Zone Championships March 10-12. The rest of the swimmers will wait to compete again until the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which run March 27-29.
-compiled by Robert Elder