Jan. 17, 2015
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech swimming & diving team celebrated Senior Day Saturday at the GT Aquatic Center as senior Andrew Kosic led the men past Duke, 200-88, while the women were edged by the Blue Devils.
The Yellow Jacket men, who were receiving votes in the latest CSCAA Top 25 poll, defeated the Blue Devils 200-88 and improved their dual meet record to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC. The women were downed by Duke 196-104 and slipped to 6-8 overall, 2-3 in the ACC.
Tech honored its 10 seniors before the before: Kate Brandus, Elliott Brockelbank, Andrew Chetcuti, Dylan Kase, Andrew Kosic, Kelsey Maloney, Catherine Richards, Mark Sarman, Nico van Duijn and Kate Woolbright.
Sophomore Maddie Paschal was impressive in winning the 100 back in a time of 57.04, and she followed that up later with a second-place finish in the 200 back (2:04.07). Her 100 back time was a season best, and her 200 back time was a career marker.
Shannon Lumbra was victorious on the 3-meter board, posting a score of 306.98, and she backed that up with a win on the 1-meter board (292.20).
Freshman Morgan Lyons finished second in the 50 free, posting a time of 24.15. The rookie also placed second in the 100 free with a time of 52.63.
On Senior Day, Catherine Richards won the 200 breast with a time of 2:21.31. She was followed in second place by Efrat Rotsztejn (2:21.71).
The 400 free relay of Chiara Ruiu, MaryKathryn Terry, Xanna Tracy and Erika Staskevicius finished the meet with a second-place finish in a time of 3:32.55.
The 400 medley relay of Brian Woodbury, Mark Sarman, Ben Southern and Youssef Hammoud got things started strong for Georgia Tech with a winning time of 3:18.74.
Kosic won three different individual events, taking the 50 free in 19.94, the 200 free in 1:39.36 and the 100 fly in 47.70. The 50 free and 100 fly times were each NCAA B-cuts.
The Yellow Jackets swept the top three spots in the 1,650 free, paced by sophomore Yuval Safra’s winning time of 15:39.51. The debut of rookie Moises Loschi was a success as the mid-year enrollee from Italy placed second in 15:42.39 with Elliott Brockelbank in third (15:56.51).
Safra, Loschi and Brockelbank also went 1-2-3 in the 500, with Safra clocking in at 4:31.92, Loschi in 4:34.98 and Brockelbank in 4:37.52.
Tech also swept the 100 back, led by Brian Woodbury’s time of 50.37. Robert Borowicz (50.47) and Youssef Hammoud (50.57).
Ben Southern took home the 200 fly, putting down a winning time of 1:49.76.
Hammoud led a sweep of the top three spots in the 100 free with his winning time of 45.86. He was followed by Chetcuti in second (46.08) and Harasz (46.55) in third.
Tech finished strong as its 400 free relays placed first and second. The relay of Kosic, Hammoud, Chetcuti and van Duijn were clocked in a winning time of 3:01.82, followed by Taylor Wilson, Mark Keaveney, Noah Harasz and Dan Cohan Solal in 3:05.44.
Quotes from head coach Courtney Shealy Hart
“It was a good meet getting back to racing after having been off for a little bit. Our women were missing some key people due to injury or illness, but they performed well. Hopefully we’ll have everyone back and ready to go in February. And our men had a great meet. They continue to race hard and continue to show that their hard work is paying off. It’s been fun to watch.”
“Obviously, it was emotional honoring our seniors before the meet, and it was great to see Kosic, Chetcuti and Catherine Richards all have strong meets today. She did a great job in the 200 breast. And I was happy to see Maddie Paschal have a season-best and a career-best in the backstroke.”
At Virginia Tech next Saturday to battle the Hokies, the University of Miami and UNC Wilmington.