February 25, 2012
The Virginia men’s swimming and diving team claimed its 15th ACC title Saturday at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. It was the fifth consecutive league title for the Cavaliers and the 13th in the last 14 years. The championship also marked the 25th won by the Virginia swimming and diving program, all under 34th-year head coach Mark Bernardino.
Virginia accumulated 626.5 points throughout the four-day meet to hold off host Virginia Tech (594.5) and North Carolina (564).
Heading into the final event of the championships, the 400 freestyle relay, Virginia maintained a 22-point lead with 594.5 points to Virginia Tech’s 572.5.
The 400 freestyle relay team of senior Peter Geissinger, junior Tom Barrett, senior David Karasek and sophomore Parker Camp teamed up for a third-place finish in 2:54.29, a NCAA ‘B’ time.
It was after the 200 backstroke race, event 17 of 21, where Virginia jumped the Hokies for first place and stayed there, though at the time it was a margin of only 5.5 points.