Kracke, DeVinny, Hancock Advance to ACC Swimming Finals

Feb. 22, 2003

Freshman Ashley Kracke posted the fourth-best time of the day in the 200-yard backstroke, setting a school record and achieving the NCAA “B” standard to lead the Georgia Tech women’s swimming team in Saturday’s preliminaries at the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Also advancing to finals for Tech were sophomore Cara DeVinny in the 200 breaststroke and sophomore Lisa Hancock in the 200 butterfly.

Kracke swam 2:00.22 in the 200 back, eclipsing the previous Tech record (2:02.45) by more than two seconds. She will swim in tonight’s final, while sophomore Anna Saum swam 2:03.29 to place 14th and reach the consolation final. Sophomores Michelle Maguire (2:05.00) and Katie Duffy (2:07.83) will swim in the bonus consolation final.

DeVinny posted a school record time of 2:18.70 to reach the finals of the 200 breast. Freshman Laura Heiser (2:24.80) reached the bonus consolation in the same event.

Hancock swam 2:02.34 to place eighth in the 200 fly, barely missing the school record of 2:02.22 but achieving the NCAA “B” standard. Freshman Meghan DeVinney (2:04.10) reached the consolation final, and sophomores Jill Vukmanic and Ashley Skala (2:09.03) made the bonus consolation final in the event.

Sophomore Moeko Wallis (52.50) and freshman Elizabeth Foster (52.97) reached the bonus consolation final in the 100 freestyle.

Freshman diver Laurissa Prystaj stands ninth after the preliminaries of the 3-meter diving.

Tech enters Saturday’s finals session in sixth place in the ACC standings.