ATLANTA, GA. – The Virginia Tech men’s swimmers completed the final day of competition this evening in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. After four days of the swimming, the H2Okies finished out the weekend just three points shy of third place, scoring a total of 508.5. Virginia continued to dominate the competition, leading second-place North Carolina by 232 points, with a total of 820. UNC took second with 588, followed by Florida State in third (511.5).
The final day of competition kicked off with the 1650 free. Blake Trabuchi-Downey, Alex Lutterbein and Philip LaRosa all scored points for the H2Okies, finishing in 11th (15:30.99), 13th (15:35.90) and 14th (15:36.47), respectively. Virginia’s Matt McLean picked up another title, winning the distance race in an “A” cut time of 14:42.73.
Zach McGinnis earned a big fourth-place finish for the H2Okies in the next event, the 200 backstroke, swimming a “B” cut time of 1:44.86. Clemson’s Chris Dart won the race in 1:43.77. Tech did not have any swimmers in the finals of the next event, the 100 freestyle, which was won by Steve Cebertowicz of North Carolina (42.51).
Nevin Cook and Emmett Dignan combined for 11 points in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in 11th (1:59.89) and 12th (2:01.06), respectively. Florida State’s Rob Holderness took home the gold in 1:55.34.
The H2Okies had an outstanding showing in the 200 butterfly, with five top-eight finishes, to pick up 69 big points and move past Florida State into third place with 443.5 points (compared to FSU’s 426.5). Greg Mahon became the first Tech male to earn All-ACC, finishing third with a “B” cut time of 1:45.31. Nick Tremols took fourth in 1:45.85, followed by Trey Stewart in fifth (1:45.90). Matt Baumler followed him in sixth (1:45.96) and Trabuchi-Downey finished eighth in 1:49.35.
Logan Shinholser’s gold medal on the platform diving event factored in next, but Florida State placed second and third to move within five points of Tech heading into the final event of the night, the 400 freestyle relay. Looking to reclaim their third-place status, the Seminoles finished fourth in the relay with a time of 2:54.71 while Tech finished eighth in 2:58.85, allowing Florida State to overtake the H2Okies by just three points.
The 2010-2011 season continues on March 11-13, as Tech sends its divers to Annapolis, Md., for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy.
Men’s ACC Final Team Standings:
1. University of Virginia 820
2. University of North Carolina 588
3. Florida State University 511.5
4. Virginia Tech 508.5
5. Duke University 353
6. Clemson University 331
7. Georgia Tech 247
8. North Carolina State 197
9. Maryland 181
10. Boston College 70
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