Three Swimmers Advance to Finals at ACC Championships

Feb. 21, 2003

Ashley Kracke and Anna Saum eclipsed the Georgia Tech record in the 100 backstroke and advanced to Friday night’s final in the event, and Cara DeVinny reached the final of the 400 individual medley to lead the Yellow Jackets in Friday morning’s preliminaries at the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Kracke, Saum and DeVinny achieved NCAA “B” qualifying times in their respective events.

Kracke, a freshman, placed fifth in the 100 backstroke with time of 56.00, and Saum was right behind her in sixth place at 56.19 as both swimmers bettered the previous Tech record of 56.43.

Saum, a sophomore, also broke the school record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.41 to finish 11th and advance to the consolation final. She will be joined in the consolation final by teammates Meghan DeVinney, who was 12th at 56.58, and Elizabeth Foster, who was 16th at 57.26. Jill Vukmanic (20th, 57.76) will swim in the bonus consolation final.

Cara DeVinny, a sophomore, swam 4:21.82 in the 400 IM to place eighth. She will swim in tonight’s final, while sophomores Lisa Hancock (17th, 4:27.08), Michelle Maguire ( 19th, 4:32.01) and Ashley Skala (22nd, 4:37.39) and freshman Kathy Wood (24th, 4:41.36) will compete in the bonus consolation final.

Freshman Laura Heiser was Tech’s top swimmer in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.44 to place 12th and advance to the consolation final. Sophomore Sara Gilli reached the bonus consolation final with a time of 1:06.44 that was 21st.