March 26, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Junior Sam Morgan garnered All-America honors for the second consecutive season in the 1650-yard freestyle with a 14th-place finish, posting a time of 15:05.37 to lead Georgia Tech at the 2005 Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday night.
Morgan, a native of Gainesville, Ga., won his first ACC title back in February with a first-place finish in the mile and improved one spot at nationals, finishing 15th a season ago.
“Sam swam really well tonight,” said distance coach Stuart Wilson. “It was a really fast heat, with two or three Olympians in his heat. He got points on the board for Georgia Tech for the second straight season and became a two-time All-American. I’m sure he would’ve liked to do better, but he had a great season and we’re really proud of what he accomplished.”
Freshman Rob Miller completed his first NCAA meet with a 29th-place finish in the mile with a time of 15:20.18. The Alpharetta, Ga., native became just the second Tech male athlete to qualify for the national meet as a freshman (Sam Morgan-2003).
“Rob had a good first NCAA meet,” said Wilson. “He was three or four seconds off his lifetime-best time and gained a lot of experience from this meet. I don’t think he was intimidated at all out there and performed well for a freshman. He has a bright future at Georgia Tech.”
-GT SWIMMING & DIVING-