Oct. 27, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech swimming & diving returns home for the first time in over three weeks on Saturday, Oct. 28, as the Yellow Jackets host Delta State University in dual meet action at 11 a.m. at the McAuley Aquatic Center.
Saturday’s “GOLDOUT” meet is also Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day as well as Family Weekend for the Yellow Jackets.
“We are looking forward to holding our Family Weekend this weekend and getting a chance to compete at home again in front of our families, friends and fans on Saturday. The meet is also our annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation meet, so I know that our team is excited to have their professors at the event as well,” stated head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “Overall, we are pleased with where we stand as a team thus far this season, but know that we have to continue to improve each time we compete in order to get where we need to be come championship season. I’m really looking forward to seeing us compete again this Saturday.”
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a sweep of the Northwestern Wildcats, as the women’s team edged Northwestern 153-147 while the men’s team dominated in a 209-85 win.
The women’s team (2-1), who posted a total of six wins overall in the victory at Northwestern, including the meet deciding triumph in the 400 free relay, have been led by juniors Iris Wang and Laura Branton, as well as freshmen Julia Shuford and Camryn Hidalgo who all posted wins last time out for Tech.
Wang has the sixth-fastest time in the ACC in the 200 free (1:48.69), the seventh-best time in the 100 free (50.05) and the 12th-best time in the 50 free (23.15) this season, while Branton ranks 13th in the 100 fly (55.01) and 18th in the 200 fly (2:03.34) in the conference.
Shuford is coming off a win in the women’s 200 breast event (2:19.50) at Northwestern, while reigning ACC Women’s Diver of the Week Hidalgo, who has won five out of six diving events thus far this year, has the highest individual score in the ACC in the 1-meter (301.65) and ranks 10th overall in the 3-meter (301.13).
The Jackets’ men’s team (2-1) climbed into the CSCAA Top 25 this week and enter Saturday’s meet ranked No. 24 nationally.
Led by a host of Jackets, including Rodrigo Correia, Caio Pumputis, Christian Ferraro, Franco Reyes, Colt Williamson, Matt Casillas and current CollegeSwimming.com ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Week Moises Loschi, Tech won 13 of the 16 events in a decisive 209-85 win over the Wildcats a week ago.
Tech’s Pumputis ranks in the top three in the ACC in a number of events thus far this season, including first in the 100 breast (54.45) and in the 200 breast (1:58.34), as well as second in the 200 free (1:36.81) and third overall in the 200 IM (1:48.11).
Correia has the fastest time in the ACC in the 50 back (22.08) and the fifth-best mark in the 100 back (48.20). The co-captain also has the sixth-fastest time in the league in both the 100 free (44.49) and in the 200 free (1:38.30).
Loschi ranks second only to Pumputis in the ACC in the 100 breast with his time of 54.88 and third overall in the conference in the 200 breast (2:00.84), while Reyes has recorded the sixth-fastest time in the 100 fly (48.28), four spots ahead of fellow newcomer Ferraro who is 10th overall in the conference (48.47).
Ferraro also has the second-fastest time on the year in the ACC in the 200 fly (1:47.14), while sophomore Clay Hering’s time of 1:48.79 ranks 10th.
Delta State, an NCAA Division II team that competes in the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference (NSISC), is no stranger to taking on NCAA Division I competition having opened up the 2017-18 season versus the University of Alabama.
The Lady Statesmen (2-2), who were ranked No. 4 nationally in the CSCAA Top 25 Division II preseason poll, are coming off a double-dual meet split with a 174-66 win over William Jewell and a 144-96 loss to Lindenwood.
Freshman Lucia Martielli and junior Celeina Batsel each posted two individual wins apiece to lead Delta State to the road split one week ago.
The Delta State men’s team (3-3), who were ranked No. 6 in the top 25 Division II preseason poll earlier this month, are coming off wins over Missouri S&T and William Jewell at the Lindenwood Quad Meet on Oct. 21.
Giulio Brugnoni, who is undefeated in the backstroke events this season, holds the second-fastest time in Division II in the 100 back at 48.71, while on the diving boards Kyle Weesner has posted back-to-back sweeps in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events over the Statesmen’s last two meets.
Both live media links can also be found on the Georgia Tech swimming & diving schedule page.
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