GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference has honored seven individuals as recipients of the 2011 ACC Swimming and Diving annual awards, announced today by Commissioner John Swofford. Duke swept the diving awards for the second consecutive year as Nick McCrory was tabbed Men's Diver of the Year, and Abby Johnston was named Women's Diver of the Year.
The awards were determined by a vote of the league's head coaches. This year's winners achieved All-ACC honors with a first, second, or third-place individual performance or a first-place relay performance at the ACC championship, and earned All-America accolades by placing in the top eight (first-team) or top-16 (honorable mention) in either individual or relay events at the NCAA championships.
McCrory collected his second consecutive national championship in platform diving at the 2011 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championship. He scored 548.90 points in the final round, besting his own NCAA championship record of 530.45 from one year ago. The sophomore from Chapel Hill, N.C., rounded out his appearance in the national meet with fourth-place finishes in both the one- and three-meter diving events to collect second consecutive All-America honors. McCrory also won back-to-back men's one- and three-meter diving titles at the ACC Championship in February. His mark of 475.80 in the three-meter bested ACC championship, conference and Georgia Tech Aquatic Center records, while his score of 440.30 in the one-meter set a Georgia Tech Aquatic Center record. McCrory claimed both Men's Diver and Men's Freshman of the Year accolades last season, becoming Duke's first recipient of either award.
Johnston became Duke's first women's individual swimming and diving national champion, taking top honors in the three-meter dive with a score of 409.35 at the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship. She was the only diver to surpass 400 points on the three-meter springboard and received the highest points awarded on her first dive of the finals. Johnston also claimed All-America honors in one-meter diving for the third consecutive season, taking fifth place with a score of 324.30. The junior from Upper Arlington, Ohio, successfully defended her women's one- and three-meter diving titles at the ACC Championship in February, while besting her own league championship record in the one-meter with a score of 361.85. Her scores in the one-meter and three-meter (429.05) both set Georgia Tech Aquatic Center records. Johnston captured her second consecutive Women's Diver of the Year accolade after becoming Duke's first recipient of the award last season.
Complete List of Recipients:
Men's Swimmer of the Year: Matt McLean (Virginia)
Women's Swimmer of the Year: Lauren Perdue (Virginia)
Men's and Women's Coach of the Year: Mark Bernardino (Virginia)
Men's Diver of the Year: Nick McCrory (Duke)
Women's Diver of the Year: Abby Johnston (Duke)
Men's Freshman of the Year: Dan O'Connor (North Carolina)
Women's Freshman of the Year: Stephanie Peacock (North Carolina)
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