Feb. 22, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Thursday the Men’s Swimming and Diving team will battle in day one of competition at the ACC Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia. The men will look to improve on their fourth place finish from last year’s ACC Championships. The Seminoles finished with a sub-par record of 6-7 in dual meets, but finished 2-0 in ACC competition defeating the likes of Georgia Tech (136-105) and North Carolina State (165-151). Defending champions, the University of Virginia, will look to repeat after last year’s impressive 138-point victory over North Carolina. Virginia comes into this season leading the ACC with a 5-0 record and 8-1 overall.
Senior, co-captain Greg Main-Baillie who has had an incredible year, will lead the Seminoles in Virginia. He has accumulated 22 individual victories in a combination of events including the 100 and 200 Backstroke, the 50, 100, and 200 Freestyle, and the 200 Individual Medley. He also has been a big contributor for both the Freestyle and Medley relay teams. Main-Baillie holds the fastest times in the ACC in both the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke with times of 44.25 and 49.37, respectively. He is currently ranked second in the ACC in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 20.22. He was named ACC Swimmer of the Week back in October for his performance against Georgia Tech.
Devin Crock will also look to lead the Seminoles as well in Charlottesville in the 100 and 200 Butterfly. A Virginian native from Alexandria, Crock currently holds the fastest time in the ACC in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 48.40. He collected victories against such powerhouse schools as SMU, Arizona, Alabama, and LSU. His fastest time of 48.40 was achieved back in December when he finished first at the Georgia Invitational.
In diving, Josh Edelman looks to lead a young and talented diving team into ACC competition. He has placed first three times in the one-meter diving competition posting victories against Georgia Tech and Alabama. He has also collected three wins in the three-meter diving competition with victories against Alabama and NC State. Edelman’s highest point total of 485.50 this season was good for third place at the Georgia Invitational back in December.
The Seminoles will look to defend their title in the 200 Freestyle relay in day one of competition. The Seminoles have won this event the past six years in a row.
Four Seminoles will return home to compete in this year’s ACC Championships. Senior diver, Lou Dondero from Christiansburg, Justin Betts from Springfield, Devin Crock, and Jeff Boatright from Waynesboro will look to make a strong showing in front of their home town crowd this weekend.
Competition begins on Thursday, February 22 and will conclude on Saturday, February 24. Thursday’s preliminary action begins at 11 a.m. with the finals at 7 p.m. Thursday’s schedule of events include: the 200 Freestyle Relay, 500 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Freestyle, One-meter Diving, and 400 Medley Relay.