Feb. 26, 2017
THE FLATS – Having been on hiatus from competition for close to a month, the Georgia Tech men’s swimming team returns to the pool this week to compete at the 2017 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships held at the McAuley Aquatic Center from Feb. 27-Mar. 2.
With the divers having already competed in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform championship events during the women’s championship meet on Feb. 13-16, the Yellow Jackets enter the pool on Monday in eighth-place overall in the team standings with 67 points.
On Monday, Feb. 27, the championships will begin at 4 p.m. with the 200 medley and 800 free relay events. The meet will then continue with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“It has been a month since our guys last competed and we are eager to get back into the water and compete against some very good teams at the ACC Championships,” stated head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “We have been training and working on a lot of little things to best prepare us for this week. Championship week is what we have been working for since the first practices back in the fall, so now it’s time to compete, to swim fast and to give it everything we’ve got for four straight days.”
Six teams are ranked in the top 25 for the men’s Division I CSCAA Poll led by the No. 1 nationally ranked program in NC State. Louisville is ranked No. 9, while Virginia (No. 12), Notre Dame (No. 19), Florida State (No. 21) and Duke (No. 23) are all ranked in the top 25 as well.
The Wolfpack of NC State, the defending ACC Champions, are looking to sweep the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships, as the women’s team took home the title two weeks ago.
The Jackets are looking to climb into the top-three of the team standings this year having finished fifth overall with 776 points at the 2016 ACC Championships one year ago.
At the 2016 conference championships, Tech registered 27 total top-15 place finishes and recorded three new school records, including Rodrigo Quadros Correia in the 100 back event.
Led by Correia, who ranks fourth in the ACC in the 100 back, fifth in the 100 free, seventh in the 200 free and 10th in the 50 free, the Yellow Jackets have set three school records this season with Correia (100 back),Alex Goerzen (200 back) and Moises Loschi (200 breast).
Goerzen ranks fourth in the ACC in the 200 back, while Loschi sits second in the 200 breast, seventh in the 100 breast and eighth in the 1,000 free events in the conferences’ top performances this season. Both Tim Slanschek and Ben Southern are in the ACC’s top-10 in the 200 fly at seventh and ninth, respectively.
Live results of both the prelims and finals of the conference championship meet can be found HERE.
The finals of the final three days of competition – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – will begin at 6 p.m. and will also be streamed live via the ACC Network Extra and can be found online with the links below:
Feb. 28 – Finals at 6 p.m. (Click Here)
Mar. 1 – Finals at 6 p.m. (Click Here)
Mar. 2 – Finals at 6 p.m. (Click Here)
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