Nov. 16, 2007
ATLANTA – The first day of action at the Georgia Tech Swimming and Diving Invitational is in the books with the men standing in fourth place and the women in sixth. The men have 185 points, while the women have 120. Through 26 events, Florida State (330), LSU (264) and Miami (144) lead the women’s standing, while LSU (303), Florida State (301) and NC State (194) are on top of the men’s standings.
The meet began with the women’s 200-yard free relay team earning Tech 24 points as Christine Chuang, Katherine Locker, Lisa Pucci and Agatha Kwasnik finished in 1:36.59. Thea Kromer, April Dickerson, Taylor Flynn and Megan Campbell earned Tech 10 points with a time of 1:40.51. The men earned Tech’s first, top-three finish of the evening when the relay team of Mauricio Sousa, Jason Bourgeois, Mickey Malul and Jacob Kwasnik swam the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:23.50, good for third place and 32 points. Garrett Robberson, Noah Copeland, Matt Tang and Travis Wagner finished the same relay in 1:24.38, good for 24 points.
Elizabeth Stowe recorded 12 points when she swam the 500-yard free in 4:59.95, while Copeland earned six points in the same event, touching the wall in 4:38.69.
In event seven, Agatha Kwasnik gave the Jackets 13 points with her sixth-place finish in the 50-yard-free (23.58), while Christine Chuang touched the wall in 23.97 for five Tech points. In the men’s 50-yard free, Sousa finished fourth in a time of 20.47 for 15 Tech points. Bourgeois finished in 20.72 for 13 points, while Malul was right behind him with 11 points (20.99). Kwasnik (20.69-seven points) and Robberson (21.18-three points) also placed for the Jackets in the 50-yard free.
In the women’s 400-yard medley relay, Ryann Kopacka Pucci, Chuang and Kwasnik were credited with 22 points as they finished in 3:53.33 while Carolina Jones, Dickerson, Vida Jemec and Jing Li earned eight points (3:59.85). On the men’s side, Bourgeois, Malul, Wagner and Copeland earned 28 points (3:22.00) while Tang, Jeremy Jackson, Onur Uras and Sousa were right behind with 26 points (3:25.50).
In the women’s one-meter diving, Stephanie England earned Tech 15 points with a score of 260.20, good for fourth place. Meanwhile, Hannah Krimm scored 225.90 for 11 points. Evan Stowers paced the Tech men’s divers with a score of 311.85 for 14 points.
The tournament continues Saturday with preliminaries set to begin at 9:30 a.m. and the final round at 5:30 p.m. Live stats will be available all weekend at http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/livestats/c-swim/ Full recaps and results can be found as well at www.ramblinwreck.com following each day of competition.