Feb. 28, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Three Georgia Tech men’s swimmers met NCAA “B” qualifying standards and four qualified for tonight’s finals in Friday’s preliminary session of the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Koury Natatorium.
Tech’s NCAA “B” qualifiers were led by sophomore Matt Figh, who was third in the 200-yard freestyle with a lifetime best swim of 1:39.02. Sophomore Jeremy Raines swam 49.06 in the 100 back, qualifying third, while senior Tomonori Tsuji, who went a season-best 55.77 in the 100 breast, qualified seventh.
Also going in Friday night’s finals will be senior Shilo Ayalon, who qualified third in the 400 individual medley in a season-best 3:54.38. He placed second in the 500 free Thursday night.
Tech also had several swimmers qualify for tonight’s consolation finals. Freshmen Sam Morgan and Jacob Wilson qualified ninth and 15th, respectively, in the 400 IM, while senior Jorge Oliver and Teemu Kettunen, placed 12th and 13th in the 100 fly. Both Morgan and Wilson clocked lifetime bests. In the 200 free, senior Josh Hersko and freshman Yonatan Cohen move on the consolation final after qualifying 12th and 14th. Senior Robbie Foster qualified 10th in the 100 breast, while senior James Salazar placed ninth in the 100 back.
In addition to these events, finals will also be contested in the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay in tonight’s session, which begins at 7 p.m.