ATLANTA, GA. – The University of North Carolina men’s swimming team broke two school records and tied another on the third day of the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the McAuley Aquatics Center on the campus of Georgia Tech Wednesday.
Henry Campbell broke his second school record of the meet, taking down the University mark in the 400-yard individual medley while Craig Emslie established a new school standard in the 100-yard breaststroke and Jorden Merrilees matched his own Carolina record in the 200-yard freestyle.
The Tar Heels are in seventh place after the third day of competition with 478 points, just 11 points behind sixth place Virginia and 36 points ahead of eighth-place Duke.
Here is an event-by-event summary of action by the Tar Heels on Wednesday.
400-Yard Individual Medley
Tar Heels Henry Campbell and Michael Meyer finished second and third in the event, both making the awards platform on Wednesday night. Campbell, who finished second in the 500-yard freestyle on Tuesday, earned his second silver medal of the competition as he broke Tyler Harris’ six-year-old school record in the event.
Campbell and Meyer qualified first and fourth in the event in the preliminaries. Both swam faster in the evening session. Campbell’s 3:42.25 in the preliminaries was more than four seconds faster than his previous career best mark of 3:46.99. He took more than a second more off that time in the evening, finishing second in a clocking of 3:40.88. That broke the school record time of 3:41.51 set by Tyler Harris which had stood since 2011.
Meyer, a senior transfer from Arizona, went 3:44.24 in the prelims to qualify fourth and he went more than two seconds faster in the “A” final to finish third in a time of 3:42.05. That time pushed him into third place all-time amongst performers at Carolina behind only Campbell and Harris. It was just shy of Meyer’s career best of 3:41.72 that he recorded while competing at Arizona. On Thursday, Meyer had placed fifth in the 200-yard individual medley.
Three Tar Heels set career best times in the event in the preliminaries. Brocato went 47.73 (previous was 48.31), Cusick clocked 47.85 (previous was 48.40) and Collier Cobb recorded a 48.65 (previous was 49.43).
Jorden Merrilees notched his second fourth-place finish of the Championships after also taking fourth in the 500-yard freestyle on Tuesday. After qualifying as the fifth seed, he moved up one spot in finals to take fourth while swimming a time of 1:34.18. That clocking tied his own school record set while leading off the 800-yard freestyle relay on Monday evening. In the preliminaries, J.T. Casey posted a career best time of 1:38.87 (previous was 1:39.15).
Craig Emslie swam the two fastest 100-yard breaststrokes in Tar Heel history and Michael McBryan twice lowered his own personal best times as they finished eighth and 13th, respectively, in the event.
Emslie, a South African native and transfer from Indian River State College (Florida), qualified sixth in the preliminaries while swimming a school record time 52.73. That broke the school record time of 53.24 set by Kurt Wohlrab in 2015. In the “A” finals, Emslie took eighth place in 53.19, the second fastest time ever swum in UNC history.
Michael McBryan, a junior, twice lowered his own personal best time while finishing 13th in both the prelims and finals. He went 53.96 in the morning (previous career best was 54.39) and he went 53.66 in the “B” final. He now ranks behind only Emslie and Wohlrab as the fastest performers in Tar Heel history in the 100 breast.
Austin Sellers went 54.78 in the prelims for a career best time, just missing the “C” final. His previous best time was 54.90. He is now ninth in UNC history in the event.
Patrick Cusick took almost a second off his previous career best time of 48.65 in the prelims, qualifying 18th in 47.80, a time which moved him into sixth place in Tar Heel history. He captured 21st place overall in the evening, going 48.08.
400-Yard Medley Relay
UNC’s medley relay finished in 10th place with a time of 3:11.14. The Tar Heel relay included Jorden Merrilees (47.62), Craig Emslie (52.65), Michael Meyer (46.84) and Greg Brocato (44.03). Merrilees’ leadoff split moved him into fifth place amongst the list of all-time performers at Carolina.
TEAM SCORES: 1. NC State 878.5; 2. Louisville 795.5; 3. Virginia Tech 690; 4. Notre Dame 637; 5. Florida State 590; 6. Virginia 489; 7. North Carolina 478; 8. Duke 442; 9. Pittsburgh 401; 10. Georgia Tech 380; 11. Boston College 130; 12. Miami 108.
The ACC Championships conclude on Thursday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Events on the final day include the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 10-meter platform diving and the 400-yard freestyle relay.