When the Virginia Tech Hokies took down the Virginia Cavaliers a few weeks ago in a men’s swimming and diving meet, many people begun to thought that the Hokies might win the ACC title. The Hokies made the trip to Greensboro ranked 15th in the country and as one of the favorites entering the ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Hokies went to Greensboro with the aspirations of winning an ACC title and they will be returning to Blacksburg with a lot of new school records.
However, the Hokies will be returning with something bigger, an ACC Championship.
The H2Okies’ ACC Championship-winning weekend started out with a solid opening night as Virginia Tech set new records in the 200 Medley Rely and the 800 Freestyle Relay. Day 2 saw the Hokies continue to surge up the standings as the Hokies had freshman Jan Switkowski win the 500 freestyle in a school record time. Freshman Brandon Fiala would also break a school record in the 200 IM in what was a strong day overall for the Hokies to put them only 4 points behind NC State.
Friday would be the day that the Hokies would seize the lead and never give it up again with a strong third day. Freshman Robert Owen broke a school record in the 400 IM to give the Hokies a boost. The Virginia Tech 400 Medley Relay got third place and gave the Hokies some more momentum and a lot of points. Jan Switkowski would set another school record in the 200 freestyle though Switkowski finished fourth overall. Brandon Fiala would finish off the day by setting a school record in the 100 breaststroke as the Hokies took the lead over NC State by 8 points.
Today’s closing of the ACC Championships was supposed to have more drama but by the time the final event arrived, it was certain that the Hokies would win their first ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving title. Jake Ores would get third in the 1650 freestyle to give the Hokies a strong start to the evening. Collin Higgins would then get third and break a school record in the 200 backstroke to continue to help the Hokies build their lead. Harrison Cefalo would get third in the 200 breaststroke before Morgan Latimer set a school record and finished second in the 200 butterfly. The Hokies would then finish the ACC Championship on a very good note with third in the 400 freestyle relay. Congratulations to the H20kies on winning their first ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship.