Swimming & Diving Set to Host Florida State and Virginia Tech on Saturday

Jan. 21, 2010

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech swimming & diving teams will welcome ACC-foes Florida State and Virginia Tech to the Aquatic Center on Saturday morning in what is the final ACC dual meet of the season for the Jackets. Action gets under at 11 a.m.

The Yellow Jackets come into the meet following a split against NC State last Saturday, with the men’s team taking a 167-131 decision against the Wolfpack. The women’s team, meanwhile, dropped their meet with NC State by a 184-110 margin.

The win improved the men’s team’s overall record on the year to 4-4 (2-2 in ACC meets), while the women’s squad fell to 4-5-1 overall (1-4 in the ACC) with the loss.

“We’re really looking forward to hosting this meet on Saturday,” said swimming head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “It’s our last ACC meet before the ACC Championships, so we are looking to improve our times across the board. All-in-all, we’re just looking forward to go up against two quality opponents in Florida State and Virginia Tech.”

“Both Virginia Tech and Florida State are strong and deep in diving,” said diving head coach John Ames. “Both teams spent over a week training at our pool over the holidays, so we have seen a lot of each other lately.

“This is our last big meet leading up to ACC’s, so it should give us an idea of what more we need to do to prepare for the championship season.”

In the NC State meet, the men’s squad was led to victory by the efforts of senior Gal Nevo, who captured three events on the day (200-fly, 200-breast, 400-IM). For his efforts, Nevo was named the ACC men’s swimming performer of the week on Tuesday.

Other winners on the day for Tech included Johnny Hagaman (100-back), Matthew Vaughan (100-breast), Nigel Plummer (50-free), Eric Chiu (100-fly) and Brandon Makinson (three-meter dive).

For the women, Hannah Krimm had a solid afternoon in diving events against the Wolfpack, sweeping both the one meter and three meter dives.

Florida State’s men’s squad comes into Saturday’s meet with a 4-2 overall mark (1-1 in ACC meets), while the Seminole women’s team is 7-2 overall (2-1 in the ACC). The Seminoles swept Clemson in their meet on Saturday, with the men’s team winning 176-124 and the women’s team winning 191-109.

Virginia Tech’s men’s squad is 5-2 overall, 1-2 in ACC meets, while the women are 6-2 overall, 2-2 in the ACC. The Hokies swept Davidson in their last meet on Saturday, with the women’s team winning 134-100 and the men’s team winning 144-87.

Fans are reminded that they can follow Saturday morning’s meet via the live stats link at www.RamblinWreck.com.

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