Doak Finch Wins 400 Individual Medley

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Feb. 27, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of North Carolina, bidding to win its sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference men's swimming and diving championship, held onto first place following the second day of action. The Tar Heels have 508.5 points through 13 of 20 events, giving them a 63.5 point lead over second-place Virginia (445 points) at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Florida State stands in third place with 365 points, followed by North Carolina State with 313 points. Maryland (250), Clemson (117.5), Georgia Tech (117.5) and Duke (99) round out the scoring.

North Carolina won three of the seven events contested on the day. The Tar Heels' Tucker Shade took first in the 100-yard butterfly for the third consecutive season, winning the event in a conference-record time of 47.09. Ted Brisson also set an ACC record, as he won the 100-yard backstroke for the second time in his career with a time of 48.10. The Tar Heels' other individual event champion was Eric Fehr, who won the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.69.

Virginia won only one event on the day, with Doak Finch taking first in the 400-yard individual medley. Finch, who also won the 200-yard individual medley on Thursday evening, swam a time of 3:51.27 to win the 400 I.M. The Cavaliers also had a victory in the 800-yard freestyle relay, as the team of Shamek Pietucha, Michael Renshaw, Austin Ramirez and Finch swam a time of 6:34.32 to snap North Carolina's string of eight consecutive victories in the event.

Although the Cavaliers did not win any other events, they had three second place finishes on the day to remain second in the overall standings. Pietucha came in second in the 100-yard butterfly (47.78), Ramirez placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.95) and Jason Webb was second in the 100-yard backstroke (48.52).

Florida State had a pair of event champions on the day, but was unable to improve on its third place showing. The Seminoles swept the top two spots in the 100-yard breaststroke, as Brendon Dedekind captured the title in the event for the second year in a row with a time of 54.48 and Brett Petersen finished second in a time of 54.77. Florida State also won the 200-yard medley relay, as the team of Stephen Parry, Petersen, Keam Ang and Dedekind swam an ACC-meet record time of 1:28.61.

The ACC Championship concludes tomorrow with preliminaries at 11:00 a.m., followed by finals at 7:00 p.m.

1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championship
University of Virginia Aquatic & Fitness Center
* Charlottesville, Va.

Results for Friday, February 27, 1998


200-Yard Medley Relay
 1, Florida State (Steve Perry, Brett Peterson, Keam Ang, Brendon Dedekind), 1:28.61!#. 
 2, North Carolina (Ted Brisson, Scott Troy, Tucker Shade, Chris Jennings), 1:28.84#. 
 3, Virginia (Jason Webb, Douglas Gallagher, Shamek Pietucha, Jared Felker), 1:30.07#. 
 4, North Carolina State (Branden Holloway, Phil Hardin, Chris Rendell, Greg Solt), 1:30.38#. 
 5, Maryland (Ryan Walker, Scott Grayson, Andrew Childs, Aaron Peterson), 1:30.78. 
 6, Clemson (Tim Collis, Alejandro Dubreuil, Razvan Petcu, Mike Pridemore), 1:30.88. 
 7, Georgia Tech (James Nozar, Theral Mackey, Sarki Einarsson, Jason Williams), 1:34.26. 
 8, Duke (David Tonini, Mark Rotblat, Marshall Preston, Brendan McGill), 1:34.82.

400-Yard Individual Medley
 1, Doak Finch, Virginia, 3:51.27#. 
 2, Tom Schmelzer, North Carolina, 3:55.48#. 
 3, Mark Seidman, North Carolina, 3:56.69. 
 4, Brian Hicks, Virginia, 3:57.20. 
 5, Casey Hughes, Virginia, 3:57.58. 
 6, Kevin Pchola, North Carolina State, 3:57.81. 
 7, Dave Slawinski, North Carolina, 3:59.04. 
 8, Richard Culberton, North Carolina State, 4:00.28. 
 9, Seth Laughlin, North Carolina, 3:59.74. 
10, Scot Budde, Maryland, 4:01.01. 
11, Park Willis, North Carolina, 4:02.20. 
12, David Weeks, North Carolina, 4:03.13. 
13, Bill Schultz, Florida State, 4:03.60. 
14, Wes Morrow, Clemson, 4:04.60. 
15, Brad Bowser, North Carolina State, 4:04.60. 
16, David Tonini, Duke, 4:06.56.

100-Yard Butterfly
 1, Tucker Shade, North Carolina, :47.09*!#. 
 2, Shamek Pietucha, Virginia, :47.78#. 
 3, Razvan Petcu, Clemson, :47.99#. 
 4, Steve Parry, Florida State, Florida State, :48.42#. 
 5, Aaron Peterson, Maryland, :48.45#. 
 6, Chris Jennings, North Carolina, :48.48#. 
 7, Keam Ang, Florida State, :48.89#. 
 8, Randy Thorpe, North Carolina, :49.29. 
 9, Jared Felker, Virginia, :49.13. 
10, Chris Rendell, North Carolina State, :49.76. 
11, John Dunham, Clemson, :50.19. 
12, James Nozar, Georgia Tech, :50.35. 
12, Matt Childs, Maryland, :50.35. 
14, Andrew Childs, Maryland, :50.37. 
15, Julian Daily, Florida State, :50.65. 
16, Sarkis Einarsson, Georgia Tech, :51.58.

200-Yard Freestyle
 1, Eric Fehr, North Carolina, 1:38.69#. 
 2, Austin Ramirez, Virginia, 1:38.95#. 
 3, Trevor Runberg, North Carolina, 1:39.41. 
 4, Ed Abele, North Carolina, 1:39.48. 
 5, Matt McVittie, Florida State, 1:39.51. 
 6, Michael Renshaw, Virginia, 1:39.81. 
 7, Mike Chorba, North Carolina, 1:40.21. 
 8, James Blitzer, Virginia, 1:40.66. 
 9, Randy Tyner, North Carolina State, 1:41.60. 
10, Darren Millin, Florida State, 1:41.70. 
11, Greg Courtois, Maryland, 1:41.72. 
12, Ryan McGeary, Virginia, 1:41.75. 
13, Daniel Baicy, Virginia, 1:41.97. 
14, Phil Maher, Maryland, 1:42.21. 
15, Turner Graves, Virginia, 1:43.18. 
16, David Slye, Maryland, 1:43.44. 

100-Yard Breaststroke
 1, Brandon Dedekind, Florida State, :54.48&. 
 2, Brett Peterson, Florida State, :54.77#. 
 3, Scott Grayson, Maryland, :54.78#. 
 4, Phil Hardin, North Carolina State, :56.05#. 
 5, Douglas Gallagher, Virgina, :56.09#. 
 6, Scott Troy, North Carolina, :56.10#. 
 7, Jason Ward, Maryland, :56.18#. 
 8, John Williamson, Maryland, :56.19#. 
 9, Brad Kline, North Carolina, :56.43. 
10, Austin Oldham, North Carolina State, :56.87. 
11, Jarod Proto, North Carolina State, :56.91. 
12, Dan Hoeller, Clemson, :57.51. 
13, Theral Mackey, Georgia Tech, :57.56. 
14, Alejandro Dubreuil, Clemson, :57.68. 
15, Mark Rotblat, Duke, :57.77. 
16, James Henley, :57.91. 

100-Yard Backstroke
 1, Ted Brisson, North Carolina, :48.10*!#. 
 2, Jason Webb, Virginia, :48.52#. 
 3, Shamek Peitucha, Virginia, :48.84#. 
 4, Braden Holloway, North Carolina State, :50.05. 
 5, Chris Jennings, North Carolina, :50.15. 
 6, Tim Collis, Clemson, :50.16. 
 7, Graeme Leiser, Virginia, :50.52. 
 8, Adam Porter, Clemson, :50.99. 
 9, Greg Main-Bailue, Florida State, :50.37. 
10, Andrew Childs, Maryland, :50.43. 
11, Ryan Walker, Maryland, :50.71. 
12, Jay Wolberg, Maryland, :51.33. 
13, Kevin Flanagan, Florida State, :51.53. 
14, Kerwin Deese, :51.54. 
15, P.J. Olson, Clemson, :51.89. 
16, Rob Etheridge, Clemson, :52.34.

800-Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Virginia (Shamek Peitucha, Michael Renshaw, Austin Renshaw, Doak Finch), 6:34.32#. 
 2, North Carolina (Tom Schmelzer, Trevor Runberg, Ed Abele, Eric Fehr), 6:35.29#. 
 3, Florida State (Julio Santos, Matt McVittie, Brendon Dedekind, Steve Parry), 6:43.93. 
 4, Clemson (William York, John Dunham, Rob Etheridge, Drew Gessert), 6:47.67. 
 5, North Carolina State (Randy Tyner, Richard Culberson, Ragan Williams, B. Intharapichai), 6:48.15. 
 6, Maryland, (Scot Budde, Greg Courtois, Phil Maher, Ryan Brannan), 6:48.44. 
 7, Duke (Chris Wise, Matt Lynch, Marshall Preston, Brendan McGill), 6:54.56. 
 8, Georgia Tech (Jason Williams, Mark Schilling, Alex Biegel, Ed Brinkman), 7:02.49.

Team Scores
 1, North Carolina, 508.5. 
 2, Virginia, 445.0. 
 3, Florida State, 365.0. 
 4, North Carolina State, 313.0. 
 5, Maryland, 250.0. 
 6, Clemson, 218.0. 
 7, Georgia Tech, 117.5. 
 8, Duke, 99.0.

* Atlantic Coast Conference Record
! Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Meet Record 
# NCAA Division I Consideration Qualification Standard 
& NCAA Division I Automatic Qualification Standard