THE FLATS – Deniz Ertan and Batur Ünlü led the Georgia Tech swim and dive teams on day two of the ACC Championships with podium finishes in the 500 free events.
Ertan championed the women’s 500 free, tying UVA’s Ella Nelson for first place with a NCAA B Cut time of 4:38.04. The freshman broke her own school record twice today. In the preliminaries, Ertan placed first overall with a time of 4:40.03 and went on to improve on her time by two seconds in the finals. With this victory, Ertan is the third women’s ACC champion in Georgia Tech history.
Following the win in the women’s event, Ünlü claimed the silver medal in the men’s 500 free. The junior also broke his own record in the event, swimming a NCAA B Cut time of 4:12.35. Ünlü is Georgia Tech’s first All-ACC honoree in the event since the 2005 championships.
In total, Tech had eight swimmers qualify for the finals. In addition to Ertan and Ünlü, Brooke Switzer and Mert Kilavuz also qualified in the 500 free events. Switzer competed in the C final, finishing seventh with a time of 4:53.77. After finishing ninth in the preliminaries, Kilavuz took home fourth in the men’s B final with a time of 4:18.75.
The 200 IM finals featured three Tech athletes. Rei Kuramoto was the standout for the women as she broke the school record in the preliminaries with a NCAA B Cut time of 1:59.36. She went on to compete in the C final and finished with a time of 2:01.57.
Berke Saka and Nils Bognar competed in the men’s B final. Saka placed first with a time of 1:43.56 and Bognar came in third with a time of 1:44.94.
Freshman Anna Hadjiloizou was the only Jacket to qualify for the finals in the 50 free event. She ended up finishing with a time of 22.78 in the women’s C final.
Tech had two divers score in the women’s 1M event. Anna Bradescu finished 12th with a score of 255.70 and Carmen Woodruff rounded out the Top 24 with a score of 229.40. Both of the Jackets recorded NCAA Zone B Qualifying marks.
Both of Tech’s 200 Free Relay teams scored points for the Jackets. The women recorded a time of 1:31.98 and the men swam a time of 1:18.88.
At the end of day two, the men’s team sits in ninth place with 187 points and the women’s team sits in 11th place with 158 points.
The Jackets will continue competition on Thursday, Feb. 16 with the 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free and Men’s 3M Event.
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