Divers head to Atlanta for ACC championships
Observer Sports Staff | Tuesday, February 17, 2015
After finishing their regular season with a convincing victory over Cleveland State 226-66, the Irish prepare for the ACC championships which start this week in Atlanta. Hosted by Georgia Tech, the diving championships begin Wednesday, in Georgia while the swimming championships a week later on Feb. 25.
At the ACC diving championships, the Irish will look for a strong performance from sophomore Joe Coumos. Coumos had a school record-breaking performance against Cleveland State on Feb. 7, when after notching a score of 361.35 in the 1-meter dive he set a new school record in the 3-meter dive, posting a score of 409.27. The previous record was set in 2011, when Eric Lex compiled a score of 405.15.
After his strong performance last weekend, Coumos was awarded the ACC Diver of the Week award for the third time in his career; he notched to honor twice in his freshman year. It also marked the first time this season that an Irish men’s swimmer or diver has taken home one of the conference’s weekly honors.
Coumos will not be traveling alone, as he is also bringing sophomore James Lichtenstein, senior Michael Kreft and senior Nick Nemetz with him to Georgia for the event. Against Cleveland State, Lichtenstein finished second in the 3-meter with a score of 371.25, and Nemetz finished third with a tally of 364.95.
The swimmers will take to the pool a week later as they will look to continue their momentum from the win over Cleveland State that saw the Irish win 14 of the 16 events.
The Irish divers get underway at the ACC championships tomorrow in Atlanta at Georgia Tech Aquatic Center with the meet running through Saturday.