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February 24, 2010
Men sit in fourth after day one
H2Okies post NCAA "B" cuts in both relay events

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Virginia Tech H2Okies opened the 2010 ACC Championships with two NCAA “B” cuts in the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays on Wednesday evening at the Koury Natatorium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

In the first event of the championship, Stephen Hawkins, Jonathan Huss, Gregory Mahon and Richard Ulatowski posted a competitive finish in the 200 medley relay, placing fourth with an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:27.67. The H2Okies smothered their former season-best time of 1:30.96 and came within half a second of the school record. North Carolina took first in 1:26.63, a pool record, while Virginia and Florida State tied in second in 1:27.63.

Gregory Morgan, Chip Hughes, Blake Trabuchi-Downey and Bryan Uncur then coupled the H2Okies’ first performance with another “B” cut in the 800 freestyle relay. The men finished in seventh with a season-best time of 6:35.35.

After day one and just two events, the men sit in fourth with 54 points. North Carolina, Virginia and Florida State hold the top three spots, respectively.

The men will return for day two of competition tomorrow to compete in the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay. Prelims will begin at 11 am, followed by the finals at 7 pm. Live results will be available at http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-sd-championship.html.

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