It was a weekend of records for North Carolina men’s swimming and diving in the ACC Men’s Championship.
Although UNC finished 10th with a total score of 388.5 points, several Tar Heels beat their own personal records for an optimistic turnout.
In 10 individual events, North Carolina swimmers combined for 25 new career records. There were nine UNC swimmers who made 14 finals appearances. All but two of those times were season-best performances.
The competition was highlighted by stellar preliminary performances from Valdas Abaliksta and Sterling Smith, leading the Tar Heels to two qualification A finals.
Thursday’s most notable swim was by sophomore Eli Coan, who clocked a lifetime-best 19.75 in the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries. His swim landed him fifth all-time in UNC history for the event.
In the consolation final, Coan swam a 19.85 that brought him to 16th overall for the 50-yard freestyle.
Coan’s swim rallied UNC into more record breakers on Friday, when Abaliksta and Smith led North Carolina in points with their Championship A final performances.
The sophomore Abaliskta already held the No. 3 spot all-time for UNC in the 100-yard breaststroke records coming into Friday’s swim, but he went on to beat his previous time.
In the preliminaries, Abaliskta swam a personal record of 53.03 and later conquered that time in the 100-yard breaststroke finals, when he swam another personal record time of 52.92. The performance landed him seventh overall on the day in the event.