GREENSBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina men's swimming and diving team had a solid Thursday morning preliminaries at the 2013 ACC Championships, recording nine career best times. Altogether, four swimmers qualified for Friday night's championship finals and another six swimmers and two divers made the consolation finals.
All four UNC entries in the 500-yard freestyle relay achieved career best times Thursday. J.T. Stilley qualified sixth in 4:20.78 (4:21.03 previous best), Brett Nagle was seventh in 4:21.04 (4:21.64 previous best), Brad Dillon took ninth in 4:22.10 (4:25.10 previous best) and Mitch DeForest was 12th in 4:24.84 (previous best was 4:28.98). With their times, Stilley remains eighth on Carolina's all-time Top 10 performers list while Nagle moves into 10th place, slightly ahead of Joe Kinderwater.
In the 200-yard individual medley, two Tar Heels qualified for the championship finals and another two for the consolation final. Tom Luchsinger was third in 1:45.91, just off his career best, while Alex Gianino went more than two seconds under his previous career best in 1:46.14, eclipsing his previous mark of 1:48.47. Gianino moved past five Tar Heels Thursday morning into third place on the all-time performers list, passing Vinny Pryor, Chris Helin, Daniel Summerlin, Dominick Glavich and John Davis.
Patrick Myers qualified 12th in 1:47.83 (previous caerre best 1:51.51) as he took nearly four seconds off his personal best and Matt Kwatyra was 13th in 1:47.84. Tyler Hill placed 26th in 1:50.05. Both Kwatyra and Hill were just slightly off career bests. Myers is now eighth on the Top 10 performers list at UNC and Kwatyra is ninth.
In the 50-yard freestyle, freshman Logan Heck became only the third Tar Heel in history to go under 20 seconds as he qualified 10th in 19.96 (previous best 20.32). He trails only Steve Cebertowicz and Kyle Ficker on the performers list. Ficker qualified 16th to make the consolation final in 20.10. Three freshmen were also in the field with Sean Sullivan 20th in a career best 20.22 (previous 20.52), Nic Graesser 27th in 20.42 (previous 20.61) and Sam Lewis rounding out the field. Sullivan's time all vaulted him into the UNC Top 10 in the 10th spot.
In previously completed one-meter diving competition, two Tar Heels scored in the consolation finals. Jake Kinzbach was ninth with 316.25 points and Ozzie Moyer 16th with 294.65 points.