13 First-Place Finishes Propel Jackets to Victorious Weekend

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On the opening day of the 2018-19 schedule, Georgia Tech swimming and diving took big ACC wins down in Tallahassee, Fla. against Florida State and Pittsburgh.

In the double duel, the men’s team (2-0) swept the day by defeating Pitt 188.0-111.0 before downing Florida State 158-141. The women’s team (1-1) split the day, defeating the Panthers 173.5-125.5, but falling 189.0-110.0 to the Seminoles.

“Saturday was a great meet all the way around,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “Everyone battled hard and fought the entire meet, which was great. Everyone brought great attitude today and they were out there really supporting each other throughout the day. It was really fun to be around. Now we’ll get back to work over Fall Break, continue to get better and get ready for the next meet.”

The Yellow Jackets will return to Atlanta as they host FGCU, SCAD, Miami and Notre Dame on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20 at the McAuley Aquatic Center. Friday’s action is slated to begin at 3 p.m., while Saturday will get underway at 11 a.m.

Men’s Highlights

The men’s team game out of the gates thundering, taking first place overall in the 200 medley relay. Rodrigo Correia, Caio Pumputis, Christian Ferraro and Daniel Lim kicked to a time of 1:29.37, taking home the 11 points for the Yellow Jackets.

Pumputis led all Yellow Jackets on the day with three individual first-place finishes. First, he turned in a time of 55.87 to top the finishers in the 100 breast, before also taking first place in the 200 breast later in the day with a time of 2:01.19. His third and final gold-medal finish came in the 200 IM where he took home first place by kicking to 1:48.82.

Also putting points on the board for Tech in the 100 breast was Jonathan Yang, who finished third overall with a time of 56.82. Joseph Portillo finished third in the 200 breast (2:04.23). Tanner Doan also finished in the top five for the Jackets with a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM at 1:52.96.

Freshman Kyle Barone impressed in his first collegiate meet of his career, finishing gold in the 100 back with a time of 49.10. Colt Williamson also captured points for GT in the event, finishing fourth (50.83).

Continuing the top weekend for Georgia Tech, Ferraro captured a first-place finish in the 200 fly, turning in an NCAA B time of 1:46.02, before also finishing first in the 100 fly (47.94 – less than half a second off an NCAA B time). Also finishing in the top five of the 200 fly was Tim Slanschek (fourth – 1:51.48) and Williamson (fifth – 1:52.44).

Correia also had a good meet individually, taking home first place in the 200 back (1:46.85), while also kicking to second place in the 200 free by recording a time of 1:38.80. Also in the 200 back’s top five were Barone (1:49.35) and Williamson (1:49.38), who finished third and fourth, respectively.

In the final relay event of the day, the 400 free relay, Georgia Tech once again came away victorious as the squad of Correia, Ferraro, Austin Daniel and Lim finished first with a time of 2:57.22.

Matt Casillas repped well for Tech diving in the 1-meter as he finished second overall with an NCAA standard score of 310.60. Also finishing in the top five in the 1-meter was Jacob Kreider (fifth), who recorded a score of 295.10. Casillas then finished third in the 3-meter, turning in another NCAA standard score of 328.25. Henry Carmen finished just two spots back with a score of 285.45.

Then in the 50 free, Corben Miles (20.52) and Lim (20.54) to finish third and fifth, respectively. Joonas Koski was then able to snag points for Tech, finishing fourth in the 1000 free with a time of 9:36.45. Koski (4:38.38), Wakeland (4:39.52) and Brennan Day (4:40.19) then took third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 500 free.

Freshman Lim finished in the top five of the 100 free in his first collegiate meet, taking fourth overall with a time of 45.36.

Women’s Highlights

Emily Ilgenfritz turned in a gold performance in the 1000 free as she impressed throughout the meet. Ilgenfritz finished first with a time of 10:08.39. She then also finished first in the 500 free as she turned in a time of 4:55.67.

The women continued to collect first-place honors when Iris Wang took to the 200 free and kicked to 1:49.73. Wang captured her second first-place finish later in the meet in the 100 free, taking home gold with a time of 50.42.

Camryn Hidalgo represented Tech well in diving, taking home second in the 3-meter with a total score of 295.25. In her first meet back from an injury last season, Hidalgo’s performance is good for an NCAA diving standard. She finished only behind 2018 NCAA qualifier Molly Carlson of FSU. In addition to Hidalgo, Carly Doi also finished fifth with a score of 264.55.

Hidalgo then turned in another NCAA standard score in the 1-meter, recording 287.90 points to finish second overall.

In the final relay of the day, the 400 free relay, the Jackets’ team of Wang, Celine Nugent, Sara Gilbert and Ilgenfritz finished second overall with a time of 3:25.75.

Allie Paschal also had a tremendous individual race on the day in the 200 back, kicking to a second-place finish and a time of 2:00.25 overall. Also taking second on the day was Kristen Hepler in the 200 breast (2:18.56). She finished just ahead of Julia Shuford (fourth – 2:20.28) and Florina Illie (fifth – 2:20.28).

The women’s team started relays by taking third place in the 200 medley relay. The Jackets’ team composed of Paschal, Nicole Williams, Laura Branton and Wang clocked a time of 1:43.00.

In the 100 breast, Tech took the third, fourth and fifth spots as Hepler (1:05.02), Ilie (1:05.02), and Nicole Williams (1:05.07) all snagged team points. Then in the 200 fly, Chloe Miller (2:05.25) and Lila Best (2:06.02) also put points on the board.

Gilbert was also able to take home points in a neck-and-neck battle in the 50 free, as she tied for fourth in the race with a time of 23.90 with Pitt’s Camryn Forbes. In the 100 fly, Miller also came in fourth, finishing with a 56.23 time.

Tech Tidbits

* In the men’s 200 fly, Christian Ferraro recorded an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:46.02 en route to a first-place finish.

* Sophomore Celine Nugent recorded a personal-record time in the women’s 50 free when she kicked to a 24.29.

* Senior Lila Best turned in a personal best in the women’s 100 fly when she recorded a time of 58.93.

* Sophomore Jonathan Vater turned in a personal best in the men’s 100 fly when he recorded a mark of 53.03.

* Camryn Hidalgo turned an NCAA standard score of 295.25 in the women’s 3-meter diving event in her first meet back from an injury last season.

* Hidalgo also turned in an NCAA standard score of 287.90 in the women’s 1-meter, finishing second overall.

* Matt Casillas recorded an NCAA standard 310.60 points to finish second in the men’s 1-meter diving event.

* Casillas also scored an NCAA standard total of 328.25 to finish third in the men’s 3-meter.

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