For the North Carolina swimming and diving teams, it was a weekend focused on personal growth and fast times, rather than the usual team scores.
And for coach Rich DeSelm, the Carolina College Invitational offered his team a chance to let some of its less utilized swimmers “swim fast."
DeSelm said the tournament was started several years ago as a way for UNC, Duke and N.C. State’s swim teams to give swimmers who didn’t make each team's ACC championship roster a chance to swim in a “championship environment.”
Now the event has grown from a two-day to a three-day event and includes more area schools — including Virginia Tech, James Madison, Old Dominion, Towson, William & Mary and UNC-Wilmington.
“The ACC Championship has a squad size limit, so we can’t take everybody that is on the team,” DeSelm said. “But, these swimmers that don't make it work just as hard as the people who do make it … (the CCI) gives them a valuable and meaningful end of season swim.”