Wednesday's college roundup
UNC swimmers roll
GREENSBORO — The North Carolina men’s swimming team broke three school records on the opening day of the ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.
Both UNC relays that competed Wednesday night earned “A” cuts for the NCAA Championships next month in Indianapolis.
The Tar Heels broke school records in the 200-yard medley relay and 800 freestyle relay, while junior J.T. Stilley’s leadoff leg on the latter relay set a school mark in the 200-yard freestyle that had stood for 23 years.
The Tar Heels started the night with a school record performance in the 200-yard medley relay and a bronze medal finish in the event. The time of 1:26.19 also beat the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:26.38.
The 800-yard freestyle relay not only beat the school record, it also easily went under the NCAA “A” qualifying time in the event.
Florida State leads the event with 70 points, followed by Virginia with 68, UNC and Virginia Tech 66, Georgia Tech 54, Boston College 48, N.C. State 30 and Duke 24.
Tar Heels pound St. John’s
CHAPEL HILL — No. 1 North Carolina (7-0) slugged out a season-high 17 hits and drew 11 walks en route to an 18-5 win over visiting St. John’s (1-7) on Wednesday.
The Tar Heels used a pair of big innings in the ball game as Carolina pushed nine runs across in the secnd inning and seven more in the sixth.
The nine-run inning was the highest scoring inning for the Tar Heels since March 15, 2011, when they scored nine runs in the eighth inning of an 11-2 win over Princeton.
The Tar Heels hit the 18-run mark for the second time in the last three years on Wednesday, after posting an 18-4 win over Stony Brook in 2011.
UNC sweeps Wake in women’s tennis
WINSTON-SALEM — No. 1 North Carolina opened the ACC season with a 7-0 sweep of Wake Forest on Wednesday afternoon at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
The Tar Heels got straight-set singles wins from Caroline Price, Kate Vialle, Ashley Dai, Tessa Lyons, Zoe De Bruycker and Whitney Kay to improve to 10-1 on the year.
UNC MEN FALL — No. 37 North Carolina suffered a 4-1 defeat to seventh-ranked Ohio State at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on Wednesday in men’s tennis action.
With the loss, the Tar Heels drop to 7-3 on the season while Ohio State improves to 13-2.
UNC’s Blanchard announces retirement
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina senior associate director of athletics John Blanchard is retiring effective the end of this month after 25 years at UNC in student services and academic support to open his own consulting business.
Blanchard has been the director of student-athlete services since July 2002. He helped to create the unit within the department of athletics upon returning to Chapel Hill after a stint at the University of Minnesota. Student services includes career planning, life skills, community service, the Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy and programs that enhance the overall student experience and welfare.
“I have been privileged to work for three of the most outstanding directors of athletics — John Swofford, Dick Baddour and Bubba Cunningham,” Blanchard said. “The coaches and staff with whom I have worked all these years are incomparable. The thousands of students I have served have fueled my passion for education and student development, challenged me and taught me. They have a special place in my heart.”
Source: NCAA found $170K in Shapiro benefits
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The NCAA is alleging that former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro was responsible for providing about $170,000 in impermissible benefits to Hurricanes athletes, recruits, coaches and others between 2002 and 2010.
Shapiro allegedly spent more than half that amount — at least $90,000 — in an effort to get NFL players Vince Wilfork and Antrel Rolle to sign with a sports agency he was involved with, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because neither Miami nor the NCAA has publicly released the allegations.
Also included in the allegations: That Shapiro spent at least another $56,000 on “meals, entertainment, clothing, jewelry, travel, lodging and cash” on football players, recruits and others. The NCAA alleged that Shapiro spent that on 72 then-players, three recruits and 12 “friends and family members” of those either on the team or being recruited by the school.