February 27, 2010
Men improve from last year, take fourth at ACCs
The H2Okies finished with 417.5 total points.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The H2Okies completed the final day of the four-day ACC championship meet on Saturday, concluding competition with a fourth-place finish, marking one spot better than their finish in 2009. The men posted season-best times in nearly every event.

Blake Trabuchi-Downey paced Tech with a ninth-place finish in the opening mile freestyle, posting a season-best, NCAA “B” qualifying time of 15:24.35. Philip LaRosa took 13th, while Bryan Uncur also added a top-20 finish in the 1650 free.

Tom Sheranek was then fabulous in the 200 backstroke, taking fourth in 1:45.01, a four second personal best for the freshman, after posting a top-10 finish in the 400 IM on Friday. Charlie Higgins followed with a ninth postition in 1:45.70. Both Sheranek and Higgins earned “B” qualifying times. Ryne Francis also added a 14th-place finish in the event.

Jonathan Huss led the H2Okies in the 100 breaststroke with an 11th-place finish in 2:00.66, just one second off of his school record time. Gregory Morgan and Richard Ulatowski competed in the 100 freestyle, posting respective 16th- and 20th-place finishes of 45.64 and 45.32.

The H2Okies saved much of their endurance for the 200 butterfly event, placing four finishers in the top 10 spots. Gregory Mahon, who had a stellar championship meet, took fourth with a “B” time of 1:45.32. Trabuchi-Downey earned a preliminary qualifying “B” time and a seventh-place finish, while Ryne Stewart and Matt Baumler took ninth and 10th, respectively, as Stewart reached the NCAA “B” cut.

In the final relay event of the championships, the 400 free relay, Tech raced to a sixth-place finish in 2:59.09, a “B” qualifying cut. They recorded season-best times in each relay event they competed in at championships.

The H2Okies finished the championships in fourth place with 417.5 points, bettering their finish from a year ago, when they took fifth. Virginia was crowned the champions with 806 total points, while North Carolina and Florida State rounded out the top-three.

Next up, the Tech divers will compete in the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships on March 12-14 in New Brunswick, N.J.

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