Feb. 23, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior Ryan Bishop finished third in the 400-yard individual medley with a lifetime-best and NCAA `B’ standard time of 3:51.92 to earn All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and sophomore Noah Copeland clocked a school record and NCAA `B’ cut time in the 200 freestyle (1:37.49) to lead Georgia Tech at the Men’s ACC Championships on Friday night at Koury Natatorium.
Bishop, a native of Signal Mountain, Tenn., earns all-conference honors for the second time in his career (2004, `07) in the 400 IM. Copeland, a native of Fayetteville, Ga., finished eighth in the finals of the 200 free with a time of 1:38.89.
Jason Bourgeois clocked a personal-best time of 49.23 in the prelims of the 100 backstroke, finishing sixth in the finals with a time of 49.42. Bourgeois, a junior from River Ridge, La., qualified for the consolation finals of the 100 butterfly with a lifetime-best time of 49.12, finishing 12th in the finals with a time of 49.19.
Senior co-captain Alex Williams qualified for the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke with a season-best time of 56.04, finishing 11th in the finals with a time of 56.38.
Junior Jeff Burton and senior Conrad Aach each swam in the consolation finals for Tech in the 400 IM. Burton clocked a personal-record time of 3:56.31 to finish in 10th place, while Aach swam a season-best time of 3:57.49 to touch the wall in 12th place.
The men’s 400 medley relay team of Bourgeois, Williams, junior Onur Uras and Copeland finished in sixth place with a season-best time of 3:21.80.
Tech remained in seventh place, pushing its point total to 201.50 points. Florida State continued to lead eight-time defending ACC champion Virginia, 500-412.50 points.
The Yellow Jackets will conclude the ACC meet on Saturday beginning with the prelims at 11 a.m. Finals will follow at 7 p.m. and the entire meet can be followed on www.ramblinwreck.com or via webcast at www.ACCSelect.com.