Swimming And Diving To Face Virginia Tech And UNC-Wilmington Saturday

Jan. 23, 2009

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech swimming & diving teams are off to Blacksburg, Va., for a meet on Saturday against Virginia Tech and UNC-Wilmington. The meet at the War Memorial Pool gets underway at Noon and this will be the final regular season ACC meet.

Tech is fresh off a split at NC State last weekend. Both meets came down to the final relay and the men won 124-118 while the women fell 127-114. The men’s team is now 5-1 overall and 2-1 in ACC competition, good for a third-place tie. The women, meanwhile, are 4-5 and 0-4.

The Tech men are 4-3 all-time against the Hokies, while the women are 0-4. The men are 1-5 all-time against UNC-Wilmington and this will be the first time the women’s squads have competed in the pool.

“Both the men and the women will have a challenging test against Virginia Tech and UNC-Wilmington,” said head coach Stu Wilson. “The women’s team will have to step up and push them to their limits. I expect some great races out of them. The men’s meet will be a toss up as we match up pretty evenly with Virginia Tech. It will be exciting as we look forward to competing this weekend.”

Last week against the Wolfpack, the men’s 400-medley relay team, consisting of Ilia Ayzenshtock, Mickey Malul, Travis Wagner and Garrett Robberson, edged out N.C. State with a time of 3:22.60. Their time was 1.96 quicker than the Wolfpack’s pace. Robberson was the anchorman and his split of 54.68 outpaced N.C. State’s Conor Brennen to the wall for the win. The women’s race was just as tight, however, the Pack’s 3:51.85 was too fast in the end.

Robberson also won the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.02. Junior Gal Nevo had a strong day of his own, as he won the 400 IM (3:59.71) and the 200 fly (1:51.77) while finishing fifth in the 200 breastroke (2:08.94).

Sophomore Travis Wagner finished second in the 200 free, but posted a personal-best mark of 1:40.87 in the race. For the women, junior Agatha Kwasnik won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.41 and the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.39. Junior Hannah Krimm led all divers on the day, winning both the one meter and three meter with scores of 282.98 and 323.40, respectively.

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