There were three races left in Saturday’s dual meet against the Navy Midshipmen. The North Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were each well on their way to securing 177-118 and 194-97 victories in the first meet of the new year when everything was brought to an abrupt halt.
A tornado warning had been issued and the meet would undergo a delay. Swimmers, coaches and fans were instructed to proceed to the locker rooms and lower level hallway where they would wait out the storm.
A weather delay was possibly the last thing anyone expected at the indoor event, and coach Rich DeSelm said he was caught off-guard.
“I looked outside once and it was kind of clear, and the next time I looked out the wind was blowing, the rain was going sideways and we were hunkered down underneath the gallery,” DeSelm said.
But even the weather couldn’t dampen the Tar Heels’ performance, as they finished in first place in all three of the remaining races.