February 17, 2016
Hokie women conclude day one at ACC Championships
Men's diving also competed in the 3-meter event
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ACC Championships (Women's)
Virginia Tech

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Virginia Tech women’s team and the men’s divers concluded day one of the 2016 ACC Championships on Wednesday night.

The day held preliminaries and finals of just three events for the women and the preliminaries and finals of the men’s 3-meter diving.

“It was a solid start for us. Jessica Hespeler beating the time of the school's 200 freestyle record within the relay was excellent. We are excited about tomorrow. The men’s divers were also great and I’m really proud of the brothers Silva,” head coach Ned Skinner said.

The 800 free relay from Virginia Tech finished fifth and earned 50 team points. The relay was made up of Jessica Hespeler, Fiona Donnelly, Sydney Pesetti and Gabrielle Bishop. Hespeler swam an impressive 1:45.15 on her 200-yard leg of the 800 free relay. The current Virginia Tech record in women’s 200 free event is 1:45.25. The 200 Medley A relay from Virginia Tech came in eighth place with a finals time of 1:38.54 and earned 44 points. Ashlynn Peters scored a 265.65 in the 1-meter preliminaries for the Hokies to finish 18th and pick up seven points.

After three events in the women’s meet, Miami is in first place with 155 points followed by North Carolina (154), Louisville with (146.5), NC State (142), Virginia (140), Notre Dame (138), Duke (118), Virginia Tech (101), Pitt (99) Florida State (95), Georgia Tech (85.5), Boston College (60) and Clemson (28).

In the men’s 3-meter diving event, Mauro Castro-Silva finished fourth for the Hokies with a finals score of 364.70. His brother Eduardo Castro-Silva finished in seventh place with a finals score of 317.50. Ben Schiesl came in ninth with a preliminaries score of 339.2 while Logan Stevens came in 13th after a preliminaries score of 325.10. The divers earned the men’s team a total of 83 points.

"The men's divers probably had their best start ever. It was big for Mauro Castro-Silva finishing fourth, newcomer Eduardo Castro-Silva finishing seventh, Ben Schiesl finishing ninth, Logan Stevens getting 13th and Jack Gigliotti also scoring. All five male divers scored and adds up to more than than the other competing men's diving programs," head diving coach Ron Piemonte said.

Tomorrow’s events include the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay and the men’s 1-meter.

"Ashlynn Peters started out scoring some points in the 1-meter, and I'm looking forward to both the men and women scoring some more points in the upcoming events," Piemonte said.

The Hokies will be back in the pool tomorrow at 10 a.m. for preliminaries and again with finals starting at 6 p.m. including coverage from ESPN3.

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