Feb. 25, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Georgia Tech men’s swimming team is in seventh place overall following the second day of the 2010 ACC Championships held at the Koury Natatorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina. Overall, Tech was led by senior Gal Nevo, who won the 200-IM for the second consecutive season at the ACC Championships.
“For Gal to repeat in the 200-IM in the ACC, which is a very tough thing to do, is very exciting,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “He was confident coming into the meet and it showed in his performance. He’ll be ready to do the same thing tomorrow night in the 400-IM.”
Nevo won the 200-IM with a time of 1:44.14 in the finals, beating out North Carolina’s Tyler Harris, who finished in 1:45.02. The time was a Koury Natatorium pool record, an NCAA “B” Cut and the second fastest time in Tech history.
Elsewhere in the 200-IM, freshman Eric Chiu finished 18th overall, after just missing on an NCAA “B” Cut tine in the finals of the event, finishing in 1:49.68, while John Hermes finished 24th after hitting the wall in 1:52.48 in the finals.
In the first event of the night, the 500-free, freshman Colin Schouten finished in a time for 21st with a time of 4:30.72 in the finals. Junior Travis Wagner finished right behind his teammate in the event, placing 23rd with a mark of 4:33.36 in the finals.
The Jackets had an impressive showing in the 50-free, as two swimmers registered top five finishes. Sophomore Nigel Plummer finished fourth overall after hitting the wall in an NCAA “B” Cut time of 19.96, while junior Sullivan Lynch finished right behind Plummer in fifth after finishing in 20 seconds flat in the event (which was an NCAA “B” Cut).
“I’m really proud of both Nigel and Sully for their performances tonight, especially Sully,” continued Hart. “Sully posted one of the best times of his career in the 50-free, so we’re thrilled about that.”
In the final event of the night, the 200-free relay, Georgia Tech’s team finished in 1:22.18, which would have been good enough for a sixth place finish, but the team was disqualified for an early take-off.
Action continues tomorrow at the ACC Championships with the 400-IM, 100-fly, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back and the 400-medley relay.
“It is extremely important for us to get off to a fast start tomorrow morning,” Hart said. “We’re looking forward to coming out really strong tomorrow.”
Fans are reminded that championship finals will be video-streamed on theACC.com Thursday-Saturday 7-9 p.m. All championship information can be found at http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-sd-championship.html.
Full recaps and results will be available once competition wraps up each night at www.ramblinwreck.com.