ATLANTA – Tenth-ranked Virginia used a solid closing performance at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center to claim its fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship. It was the 12th time in the last 13 years the Cavaliers have won the crown and is the 14th ACC title in the program’s history.
UVa scored 820 points. North Carolina was the runner up with 588 points and Florida State was third at 511.5 points.
The Cavaliers matched the UVa women’s team, which won its fourth consecutive ACC crown last week. The feat marks the first time since 1996 that one school swept both the ACC men’s and women’s swimming titles in four consecutive seasons. North Carolina’s programs did it between 1993 and 1996.
Matt McLean started the Cavaliers with a victory in the 1650 freestyle, turning in a NCAA ‘A’ time of 14:42.73. McLean also won the event in 2009. It was the 16th ACC title in his four-year career and his eighth individual title. He picked up a 17th award in the meet’s final race by anchoring the 400 freestyle relay to a win with an ACC record time of 2:51.26.
McLean was named the ACC Swimmer of the Meet. It was the third time in his career he has won the honor. He was the MVP at the 2008 and 2009 championships.
Taylor Smith finished third in the 1650 (15:03.97), Jon Daniec was fourth (15:04.67), Bradley Phillips was fifth (15:10.39) and John Snawerdt placed seventh (15:17.55).
UVa had three runner-up finishes in three other individual events. Scot Robison was second in the 100 freestyle at 42.71, Taylor Grey was the runner-up in the 200 breaststroke (1:56.61) and Matt Houser placed second in the 200 butterfly (1:44.68).
Matt Murray was the Cavaliers top finisher in the 200 backstroke, placing fifth at 1:45.02.
McLean, Robison, Geissinger and Tom Barrett led UVa to the 400 freestyle relay victory.
A total of eight UVa swimmers took home championship medals topped by three each for Robison and McLean. Both swimmers won 17 ACC titles during their careers.