Mark Bernardino stands alone.
On Saturday, he coached the U.Va. men’s swimming and diving team to its sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship, matching the streak that the women’s team set a week earlier. No ACC school has ever swept both titles in six consecutive years.
In so doing, Bernardino has reached some historic ground.
According to the U.Va. athletic media relations department, “With this title, Bernardino now has 27 ACC championships, passing Frank Comfort of North Carolina for most ACC swimming and diving championships. This is also Bernardino’s 16th men’s title, which passes Don Easterling of N.C. State for the most ACC men’s swimming and diving crowns. He also has 11 women’s titles, which is second-most in the conference.
“Bernardino, who is in his 35th year at Virginia as head coach, now sits in fourth place in ACC history for coaching titles in any sport, behind only track and field/cross country coaches Dennis Craddock (40 for UNC and Virginia), Rollie Geiger (40 for N.C. State) and Jim Kehoe (38 for Maryland).”
The women’s NCAA Championships will be contested March 21-23, while the men’s national meet is March 28-30. Both meets will be held in Indianapolis, Ind.
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