March 1, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Eric Chiu claimed his first career Atlantic Coast Conference medal, taking third and setting the school record in the 100 fly as Day 3 wrapped up Friday night at the 2013 ACC Men’s Swimming Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Chiu earned All-ACC honors for his third-place finish, putting down a school record time of 47.03 and breaking the previous mark of 47.22 set by Travis Wagner in 2009. Sophomore Nico van Duijn finished fourth in the 100 fly, in a time of 47.07, which was also under the previous school record.
“I’m very proud of how Eric is swimming this week,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “He’s competing the way you’d expect a senior would. And Nico had two great swims today in the 100 fly and on the 400 medley relay.”
van Duijn helped the 400 medley relay to a sixth-place finish, as he put down a time of 42.95 to bring it home after sophomore Andrew Kosic kick-started it with a lifetime best 100 back time of 48.06. The relay, which also included Matthew Vaughan and Chiu, posted am NCAA `B’ cut of 3:12.78.
“This has been an extremely fast ACC meet top to bottom, and it’s great to see for the sport of swimming,” said Hart. “Our guys have been putting up lifetime bests and I’m very excited to see that. We have a chance tomorrow to pick up big points, Anton (Lagerqvist) has the chance to defend his 200 breast title, and we have a great opportunity to finish on a high note with three in the mile and swimmers in every other every event.”
In the 100 breast Friday, freshman Ricky Lehner set a personal-best time of 55.24 in Friday’s prelims, while Ryan Salmon was clocked in a lifetime best of 55.09 in the 100 breast during the finals to achieve an NCAA `B’ cut.
The last day of the championship starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the preliminaries of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly. The last night of finals, including the 1,650 free, start at 7 p.m.
Live coverage of the finals on Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com and on ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m. For more on the 2013 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at http://theacc.co/SwimDiveChamps.
Men – Team Rankings – Through Event 14 Virginia 528
Virginia Tech 400
North Carolina 374
Florida State 353
NC State 323.5
Georgia Tech 179.5
Boston College 93