White Hangs on to Win White vs. Gold Meet

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THE FLATS — On the second day of the annual Georgia Tech swimming and diving White vs. Gold meet, the White Team closed out a dominating 345-256 performance, on Saturday morning at the McAuley Aquatic Center.

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on Saturday, Oct.6 in Tallahassee, Fla. when they take on ACC foes Florida State and Pittsburgh. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

White Team Highlights

The women were able to start the day with a win in the 200 medley relay as the White Team of Allie Paschal, Florina Illie, Laura Branton, Catriona MacGregor, raced to a time of 1:46.33.

MacGregor then went on to win the women’s 400 IM, turning in a time of 4:33.05. In the men’s 400 IM, Brennan Day finished second overall with a time of 4:05.14.

Senior Lila Best went toe-to-toe with fellow senior and Gold Team member, Iris Wang, in the women’s 200 free, finishing second overall (1:55.13). Also finishing second in the men’s 200 free was Albert Zhi, who turned in a time of 1:40.77.

The White Team was able to build some momentum in 100 fly, taking both events. For the women, Branton set a new meet record when she took the heat with a time of 56.10, while Christian Ferraro took the men’s side by turning in a time of 49.46.

In the men’s 200 breast, Caio Pumputis won his second event of the two-day meet, taking the race with a time of 2:06.61. Paschal then continued her fine weekend with a 55.98 time to win the women’s 100 back.

Freshman Kyle Barone then continued his strong start at Georgia Tech, taking the men’s 100 back with a time of 50.67, before fellow freshman Darren Lim edged out Gold Team member Corben Miles in the men’s 50 free with a time of 20.77 – just 0.02 seconds faster than Miles.

The longest event of the day was the 1000 free event where the White Team’s freshman Morgan Johnson was able to set a new meet record en route to a win with a time of 10:27.25.

The White Team finished up the White vs. Gold meet with a win in the men’s 400 free relay as the squad of Aidan Pastal, Colt Williamson, Tyler Branscombe and Lim raced to a time of 3:05.93.

Gold Team Highlights

The Gold Team came out with a comeback attitude as the men started the day winning the 200 medley relay as Rodrigo Correia, Jonathan Yang, Clay Herring and Corben Miles finished with a time of 1:31.00 – good for a new intrasquad meet.

Gold’s momentum kept going when junior Joonas Koski finished first in the men’s 400 IM clocking a time of 4:02.93. Tim Slanschek placed third in the race (4:07.84).

Senior Iris Wang won her first race of the two-day meet, taking the women’s 200 free with a time of 1:54.23, edging out White Team member Best for the victory.

In the men’s 200 free, Rodrigo Correia set a new meet record when he finished first with a time of 1:38.98.

The Gold Team’s comeback effort continued in the women’s 200 breast when Julia Shuford edged out White Team member Nicole Williams by turning in time of 2:25.14 – 0.24 seconds faster than Williams. Senior JP Portillo then finished second in the men’s 200 breast, recording a time of 2:08.25.

Wang then took her second event of the day for the Gold Team, finishing first in the women’s 50 free with a 24.17.

In the longest event of the day, the men’s 1000 free, Joonas Koski was able to take first place with a meet-record time of 9:43.37.

The Gold Team finished up the White vs. Gold meet with a win in the women’s 400 free relay. The team of Celine Nugent, Lindsay Wallace, Sara Gilbert and Wang finished first with a time of 3:29.56.

Tech Tidbits

* In the men’s 200 medley relay, Rodrigo Correia, Jonathan Yang, Clay Hering and Corben Miles set a new intrasquad record with a time of 1:31.00 to eclipse the previous record of 1:31.14 set in 2014.

* Sophomore Allie Paschal beat her own intrasquad record in the 100 back from last year’s meet with a time of 55.98 (previous record: 56.06).

* Senior Laura Branton also set a new intrasquad record in the 100 fly boasting a time of 56.10. The prior record was last set in 2011 (previous record: 56.33).

* In the men’s 200 free, Rodrigo Correia etched in a new intrasquad record of 1:38.98 over his previous record of 1:40.18 set back in 2016.

* Morgan Johnson set a new intrasquad record in the women’s 1000 free, clocking 10:27.25 (previous record: 10:27.68).

* Junior Joonas Koski dominated in the 1000 free setting a new intrasquad record of 9:43.37 (previous record: 9:44.28).

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