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Freshman Sets Record in 1000 free

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Georgia Tech swimming and diving competed in its first road meet against an ACC opponent on Friday. The No. 19 men’s side defeated the No. 21 men’s side of UNC, 154.5-145.5. The women’s team fell to the No. 15 team of UNC, 169-131.

Mert Kilavuz, in just his third meet for the White and Gold, has set the all-time mark in the 1000 free (9:01.21) in program history. The 1000 free record has been held by Shilo Ayalon since 2003.

With this record being secured, the only record that Toni M. and Richard L. Bergmark Swimming and Diving Head Coach Courtney Hart has not been on The Flats for is the men’s 1650 free record.

Ruben Lechuga saw his first diving action on the year when he turned in scores on the 1-meter board (338.18) and 3-meter board (332.03), the top scores for the men’s diving team.

Camryn Hidalgo turned in the top scores on the women’s side with a score of 305.10 on the 1-meter board and a score of 350.25 on the 3-meter board. Her score on the 3-meter board was the top score for all diver in the event.

Five ‘B’ cuts were earned on Friday in Chapel Hill. McKenzie Campbell earned a ‘B’ cut in the 200 fly with a time of 1:59.14. Christian Ferraro earned a ‘B’ cut in the 100 fly with a time of 47.31.

Ferraro recorded another ‘B’ cut time in the 200 fly (1:45.35). Caio Pumputis recorded two more ‘B’ cut times in the 100 breast (53.54) and 200 breast (1:56.14).

The women’s team took home first place in the 1000 free (Duda Seifer, 10:25.96), 200 fly (Campbell, 1:59.14), 200 breast (Claudia Butterfield, 2:17.58), 100 fly (Zora Ripkova, 54.70), 3-meter (Hidalgo, 350.25) and 400 IM (Campbell, 4:21.93).

The men’s team had the top finisher in the 1000 free (Kilavuz, 9:01.21), 200 free (Batur Ünlü, 1:37.79), 100 breast (Pumputis, 53:54), 200 fly (Ferraro, 1:45.35), 100 free (Ünlü, 44.83), 200 back (Berke Saka, 1:46.99), 200 breast (Pumputis, 1:56.14), 500 free (Kilavuz, 4:28.91), 400 IM (Ünlü, 4:01.33) and 200 free relay (Ferraro, Daniel Kertesz, Justin Alderson, Pumputis, 1:20.30).

Swimming and Diving is in the pool again on Saturday when they travel to Duke for their second meet of the weekend.

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