Nov. 6, 2007
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s (1-3, 0-2 ACC) and women’s (4-3, 0-2) swimming and diving teams are set to host Georgia on Wednesday at 4:00 PM at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The Georgia women’s team is ranked fifth in the nation while the men’s squad comes in at No. 8.
“This will be a real good challenge for us,” Tech head coach Stu Wilson said. “Both of Georgia’s teams come in nationally-ranked. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle and his entire staff. I swam for him and we are honored to have him in our building. I look forward to a good meet and for our team to continue building on the momentum from the past few meets.”
The meet will feature 13 events: 400-yard medley, 1000-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, one-meter dive, 200-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 500-yard freestyle, three-meter dive, 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Wilson was a letterwinner at Georgia from 1984-88 and reached the SEC finals in the 200- and 500-free in each of his last three years. He was a NCAA qualifier in the 400-yard free relay and held the school record in the 200-free at one time. Assistant coach Courtney Shealy Hart was a five-time national champion, 26-time All-American and 2000 NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year for the Lady Bulldogs from 1997-2000.
Tech is coming off a split in a dual meet with Western Kentucky last Saturday. The women won 135.5-107.5, but the men dropped a tough 126-117 on the final event of the day. Agatha Kwasnik broke the school record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.09 as part of the first-place finishing 400yd freestyle relay team to lead the Tech women over the Hilltoppers. Divers Hannah Krimm and Stephanie England finished one and two in both the one- and three-meter diving events as the Jackets pulled off 10-first place finishes on the day. Krimm registered 269.24 points in the one-meter event and 294.15 points on the three-meter springboard.
Elizabeth Stowe picked up two victories on the day, winning both the 500yd free (4:59.00) and the 1000yd free (10:14.33) for Tech. Also earning two victories was sophomore Jing Li, who won the 200yd IM in a time of 2:08.38 and touched the wall first in the 100yd free with a time of 52.64.
The Tech men ended up dropping a 126-117 decision to Western Kentucky after the tough final relay event which came down to the final exchange of the 4x100yd freestyle relay with Western Kentucky touching the wall at 3:03.98 to the Jackets 3:04.31.
The Yellow Jackets were led by junior Mickey Malul, who earned a victory in the 200yd breast with a time of 2:07.20. Malul also anchored the 200yd medley relay team to a first-place finish with a time of 1:30.84.
The Jackets took first and second place in both the one- and three-meter diving events. Senior Evan Stowers swept the two events with a score of 322.80 on the one-meter board and registering a 340.87 on the three-meter board. Senior Peter Doblar came in second with scores of 278.92 in the one-meter event and 293.47 in the three-meter event.
The Jackets will return to action Nov. 16-18 by hosting the Georgia Tech Invitational. Florida State, Duke, NC State, Miami and Florida Atlantic will all participate in the meet.