Feb. 27, 2015
THE FLATS – Two more school records fell as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are in seventh place Friday after Day 3 of the 2015 ACC Men’s Swimming Championship at the GT Aquatic Center.
NC State opened up a large lead over the field with 896 points, nearly 125 points ahead of second-place North Carolina (771.5). Louisville is in third at 760.5, followed by Virginia Tech in fourth at 751 and Notre Dame in fifth at 463.
Georgia Tech is just 55 points out of the top five as the Yellow Jackets have 408 through 14 events. Tech trails sixth-place Florida State (419) by only 11 points.
“We had a good morning and a great night,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “We moved up and got some more points which is what we had to do. We’re still in a battle – only (60 points) separate fifth through eighth.”
In the 100-yard butterfly, senior Andrew Kosic broke his third Georgia Tech school record in as many days, posting a time of 46.36 in the morning prelims. He tied his school mark during the evening session, finishing fourth in the 100 fly finals.
Senior Nico van Duijn broke his personal best time in the 100 fly with a time of 46.76 in the B finals. Ben Southern and Youssef Hammoud also posted personal bests with times of 47.70 and 47.41, respectively, in the C finals.
All four Georgia Tech swimmers recorded B-cut times in both the prelims and finals of the 100-yard butterfly.
Michael Kenny swam a personal-best time of 3:56.60 in the 400 IM prelims and followed with a time of 3:57.92 in the C finals. In the 200 freestyle, freshman Noah Harasz swam in a B-cut time of 1:36.68, finishing 11th overall and third in the B finals.
Ricky Lehner set a personal-best time in the 100 breaststroke at 53.66 before finishing third in the B finals with a time of 53.76. Senior Mark Sarman finished second in the C finals with a time of 54.21.
Three Yellow Jackets swam in the C finals of the 100 backstroke. Brian Woodbury won the C finals with a personal-best and B-cut time of 48.19. Freshmen Brad Oberg and Mark Keaveney finished with times of 47.90 and 48.91, respectively.
In the final event of the night, Georgia Tech’s 400 medley relay team of Woodbury, Lehner, van Duijn and Kosic finished fourth in a school-record time of 3:10.06. The foursome broke the previous school mark that had stood for six years (3:10.98 in 2009).
“We have a lot of double swims Saturday,” Shealy Hart said. “I think we’ll get some more points and keep battling.
“I’m really happy for our relay team breaking the school record and for Andrew (Kosic) breaking another mark. They all worked hard Friday.”
The final day of the 2015 ACC Men’s Swimming Championship will start Saturday at 10 a.m. Doors at the GT Aquatic Center will open at 9 a.m. for the morning session and 5 p.m. for the evening session. Below is the schedule of events for Saturday:
10 a.m. – Prelims (200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly)
3:45 p.m. – 1650 free prelim
6 p.m. – Finals (1650 free final, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay)
After finals – ACC Championship Awards
Saturday’s finals will be broadcast live on ESPN3 beginning at 6 p.m.
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