GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina's Tom Luchsinger took first place in the 200 butterfly at the 2013 ACC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship at the Greensboro Aquatics Center to lead the Tar Heels to a third place finish. Carolina has now finished among the top three at the ACC Championships in 59 out of 60 league championships.
Virginia finished with a winning score of 759.5 points. Virginia Tech came in second with 597 points, and North Carolina placed third with 549 points. Florida State (534), NC State (481), Georgia Tech (269.5), Duke (268), Boston College (120), and Miami (13) completed the field at the 2013 championship.
A total of 14 Carolina swimmers set personal bests in the final night of the championship meet.
"The evening was highlighted by our team's third place finish and Tom's swim in the 200 butterfly," said head coach Rich DeSelm. "I'm very proud of the guys for battling and figuring out a way to be among the top three. We're a young team with eight freshmen and I'm proud of the leadership this year from our captains Alex Gianino and Brett Nagle and senior Tom Luchsinger."
Luchsinger became the seventh male swimmer in ACC history to win the 200 butterfly three times in a career. Luchsinger set a new meet record with a time of 1:43.17, ahead of Virginia Tech's Morgan Latimer (1:43.85) and NC State's Christian McCurdy (1:44.56). Luchsinger's time was just .02 off the school record he set last year. He was joined in the championship final by Ben Colley who finished fourth with a career-best time of 1:44.63. Tyler Hill also had a personal best with a time of 1:47.72 to finish 13th.
"Tom swam a great race, going wire-to-wire to win the event and finish just off his lifetime best," said DeSelm. "He had a great all-around meet with two wins and a second-place finish."
The evening began with a sixth-place finish from Brett Nagle in the 1650-yard freestyle. Nagle clocked a career-best 15:06.60 to earn 13 points. Teammates Mitch DeForest (12th) and JT Stilley (14th) also scored for the Tar Heels in the event. DeForest posted a personal-best 15:23.23 and Stilley was timed at 15:35.55.
Four Tar Heels posted personal bests and three scored points in the 200 yard backstroke, led by a sixth-place finish from Patrick Myers who recorded a time of 1:43.66. Matt Kwatyra was 10th at 1:43.81 and Brad Dillion was 12th at 1:44.37. Nic Graesser had a career-best 1:44.43 to place 18th.
In the 100-yard freestyle, Logan Heck placed fifth with a career-best 43.24, which makes him the second-fastest swimmer in UNC history in that event. Kyle Ficker was 17th with a 44.30 and Sean Sullivan placed 19th at 44.76.
"Logan proved that he's a tough swimmer with his effort tonight both in the 100 freestyle and by leading us off in the relay in yet another career best for him," said DeSelm. "He was committed to the swim early and finished just outside the medals. Our team fed off the energy these guys gave us."
Kurth Wohlrab posted the fourth fastest time in UNC history in the 200-yard breaststroke at 1:57.90 to finish fourth. Teammate Alex Gianino was sixth with a personal-best of 1:57.99, followed by David Speese at 1:58.26.
"This group really catapulted us into third place," said DeSelm. "They've done a great job this year and it was good to see them swim so well at the ACC meet."
The evening concluded with the 400-yard freestyle relay. Heck gave the Tar Heels the early lead with a blistering time of 42.96, which would rank as the second-fastest time in UNC history in the 100-yard freestyle. Carolina finished third with an overall time of 2:54.88.