Jackets Open ACC Swimming & Diving Championship This Week

Feb. 18, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Georgia Tech swimming & diving teams are set for the 2014 ACC Championship, which begins Wednesday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. The championship runs through Saturday.

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The men’s and women’s diving will be contested along with women’s swimming this week, with the men’s swimming championship set for the following week in Greensboro.

“We’re obviously very excited to get the championships underway,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “Our focus the past three weeks was confidence and letting go of fear. I hope that the work we’ve put in over the last month will pay off for our team this week in Greensboro. The ACC is such a strong swimming & diving conference and these next two weeks should be fun.”

Senior Hailey White enters the championship ranked 14th in the 200 free (1:49.18), and is among the meet’s top 30 in the 500 free (4:55.86) and top 40 in the 100 free (51.75). Sophomore Chiara Ruiu is ranked in the ACC’s top 25 in both the 100 free (50.74) and 200 free (1:50.21), while classmate Carly Sweeney is top 40 in the 200 back (2:04.04) and 100 back (56.78).

Tech will be represented by five women’s divers – Sarah Roethel, Ashley Hardy, Madison Young, Shannon Lumbra and Andrea Demick and men’s diver Bradley Homza and Omar Eteiba.

The action begins Wednesday night with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. A live video stream of event finals will be available on theACC.com on Thursday through Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., with Dean Linke handling play-by-play and Frank Comfort adding analysis.

One change of note in this year’s championship is the addition of the scoring of all 24 competitors competing in a swimming final. In previous years, only the top 16 competitors received points that counted toward their team’s total.

There is no charge for admission to the 2014 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships. Parking is available for $8 or for $15 for a session pass.

All championship information, including a full event schedule and live results, can be found at the official championship website, http://theacc.co/SwimDiveChamps. Fans can also get updates by following along on Twitter, @ACCSwimDive.

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