2020 ACC MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- When: Wednesday, February 26th to Saturday, February 29th Prelims 10:00 am | Finals 6:00 pm (1650 prelims Saturday at 4:00 pm)
- Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: North Carolina State University (NC State) (29x, 5th-straight) (results)
- Streaming: ACC Network
- Championship Central: Here
- Detailed Timeline: Here
- Psych Sheets: Here
- Live Results
- Saturday Finals Heat Sheets
Reported by Robert Gibbs.
200 IM – FINALS
- ACC championship record – 1:41.24, Andreas Vazaois (NC State), 2017
- ACC record – 1:39.35, Andreas Vazaois (NC State), 2019
- 2019 champion – Caio Pumputis (Georgia Tech), 1:41.28
- Ted Schubert (Virginia) – 1:43.09
- Caio Pumputis (Georgia Tech) – 1:43.13
- Erge Gezmis (NC State) – 1:43.19
Five men looked it be in it coming off of the final wall, and sure enough, the top five men in this race all touched within 0.16s of each, an unusually tight margin for a 200.
Virginia senior Ted Schubert got his hand on the wall first, touching in 1:43.09 for a new lifetime best by four-tenths of a second. Schubert was actually in the lead at the halfway point after a 25.25 backstroke leg, then fell behind on the breast leg, before storming home with a 24.80 free leg.
Defending champion Caio Pumputis of Georgia Tech was just behind at 1:43.13. Last year Pumputis won in 1:41.28, but it looks like he might be a little more focused on NCAAs or the upcoming Brazilian Olympic Trials. NC State’s Erge Gezmis took 3rd in 1:43.19; Gezmis has now shaved five seconds off his lifetime best in this event today.
Louisville teammates Evgenii Somov (who had the fastest time this morning) and Daniel Sos took 4th and 5th in 1:43.24 and 1:43.27. All of the top five should be well under the NCAA qualifying time in this event; it took 1:43.82 last year.
400 IM – FINALS
- ACC record: 3:38.00 – Gal Nevo (Georgia Tech), 2009
- ACC meet record: 3:38.43 – Robert Owen (Virginia Tech), 2017
- 2019 champion: Brendan Casey (Virginia), 3:39.93
- Ted Schubert (Virginia) – 3:40.01
- Jack Hoagland (Notre Dame) – 3:40.73
- Casey Storch (Virginia) – 3:44.02
UVA senior completed the IM sweep by hanging to win the 400 IM tonight in 3:40.01. Schubert went out in 48,73, and hit the halfway mark at 1:44.17, three seconds ahead of the field. Notre Dame freshman Jack Hoagland began creeping up on Schubert on the breaststroke leg, and then outsplit Schubert 24.90 on the 26.21 as Schubert began visibly tightening up. But Schubert had just enough to left in the tank to outlast Hoagland, who touched 2nd in 3:40.73, whose knocked six seconds off his lifetime best since November, and almost nine seconds this season. Schubert’s time currently ranks #2 in the nation this season.
The Cavaliers also got a 3rd place finish from Casey Storch (3:44.02) and an 8th place finish from freshman Sean Conway (3:46.39). Last year, Storch finished 5th in 3:43.87, while Schubert took 6th in 3:43.89.
Pitt’s Samy Helmbacher (3:44.96) and Eben Vorster (3:46.24) finished 4th and 7th, respectively. Helmbacher was a couple seconds off his time from last year, when he finished 3rd in 3:43.15. Virginia Tech’s Filippo Del Maso finished 4th in 3:45.75, and NC State’s Eric Knowles took 6th in 3:46.01. Knowles was last year’s runner-up with a time of 3:42.09.
200 FLY – FINALS
- ACC record: 1:38.57 – Andreas Vazaois (NC State), 2019
ACC meet record: 1:40.51 – Nick Albiero (Louisville), 2020
- 2019 champion: Nick Albiero (Louisville), 1:40.70
- Nick Albiero (Louisville) – 1:38.65
- Blake Manoff (Virginia Tech) – 1:40.48
- Antani Ivanov (Virginia Tech) – 1:41.01
Nick Albiero came within a tenth of a second of the overall conference record, blasting a 1:38.65 that moves him up to #1 in the nation this season. That’s Albiero 2nd-straight victory in this event, completes the fly sweep this week, and breaks his own conference meet record from this morning.
UVA’s Ted Schubert, who swept the IMs over the last two days, touched 4th here with a 1:41.34. That’s a new personal best for him by 0.01s; he took 6th in this event last year.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
- NC State – 1250
- Virginia – 1089
- Louisville – 1066.5
- Virginia Tech – 898
- Florida State – 812.5
- Notre Dame – 803.5
- North Carolina – 630.5
- Pitt – 520
- Georgia Tech – 506
- Duke – 421
- Miami – 197
- Boston College – 134