CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, February 1. NORTH Carolina's men's and women's swimming and diving teams wrapped up their Atlantic Coast Conference dual meet seasons with a pair of wins over North Carolina State at Koury Natatorium. The Tar Heel men, ranked No. 14, defeated NC State 167-131, while the Tar Heel women, ranked No. 12, defeated the Wolfpack 172-116.
Carolina's Joe Kinderwater, a freshman from Lancaster, Pa., swam his way into the record books in the 1650-yard freestyle, winning the event in 15:05.42. That time was .45 of a second better than the 2008 NCAA Division I automatic qualifying time in the event. He also moved up into third place in Tar Heel history on the list of all-time performers, behind only current teammate Chip Peterson and Yuri Suguiyama. Kinderwater's time was his career best and currently ranks No. 8 nationally in Division I so far in the 2007-08 campaign.
North Carolina will wrap up its dual meet season against Johns Hopkins and Emory Saturday morning at 10 a.m. It will be the final home meet for 14 Tar Heel senior swimmer and divers – six women and eight men. Senior Day ceremonies will begin at 9:40 a.m.
The Tar Heel men are now 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. The Tar Heel women are 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC.
Carolina's 4-0 ACC finish on the men's side is the first time UNC has gone undefeated in ACC dual meets since 1997-98 when Carolina was 5-0.
For the women, seniors Kelsey Morrissy and Laura Filip and sophomore Alison Clemens all won two events each. On the men's side, seniors Robby Swendiman and Ryan Funderburk and freshmen Tyler Harris and Vinny Pryor each won two individual events.
Special thanks to North Carolina for contributing this report.