Tech Swimming and Diving to Compete in ACC Championships

ATLANTA (Feb. 22) – Georgia Tech’s men’s swimming and diving team will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference championships Thursday-Saturday at the Koury Natatorium in Chapel Hill, N.C., looking to improve on a seventh-place finish from a year ago.

“Our guys moved from eighth to seventh a year ago and we want them to work toward taking another step,” said head coach Seth Baron. “We only swam against three league opponents during the regular season, so there will be an element of unknown for our guys, but the key for us is concentrating on performing our best. It should be another great meet and our team has focused all season on it.”

Tech will be led by sophomore David Laitala (Richardson, Texas) who ranks sixth in the ACC in the 100 butterfly, ninth in the 200 individual medley and 10th in the 200 butterfly. Freshman Shilo Ayalon (Kfar Hanassi, Israel) will be looking to make an impact in his first ACC meet. He ranks eighth in the 1,650 freestyle and ninth in both the 1,000 freestyle and 400 individual medley in the conference top times. The Jackets will be looking for freshman Josh Hersko (Marietta, Ga.) to do well in the 200 freestyle, and freshmen Jorge Oliver (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Scott Lenyk (Suwanee, Ga.) to compete in the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Freshman Tomonori Tsuji (Osaka, Japan) ranks sixth in the 200 breastroke and eighth in the 100 breastroke.