Oct. 4, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept all four relays and the divers were strong again en route to convincing wins over Navy on Saturday in Annapolis, Md.
Saturday’s meet with the Naval Academy was contested in short-course meters. The Tech men cruised to a convincing 175.5-122.5 triumph, while the women led wire-to-wire in their 162-130 victory. Both the men and women improved to 1-1 on the young season.
The men swept both relays, taking the 200 medley relay in 1:40.82 and the 400 free relay in 3:22.70.
Yuval Safra was impressive, rallying from a length down in the 800 free to win that event in a time of 8:15.86. Safra (4:31.28) and Ben Southern (4:31.58) went 1-2 in the 400 IM.
Senior Andrew Kosic has another strong meet as the reigning All-American anchored the winning 200 medley relay with a lightning-fast split of 21.8, led off the winning 400 free lay with a split of 49.5 and won the 50 free (22.43) and the 100 free (50.01).
Sophomore Brad Homza swept the diving events for the second meet in a row, scoring 328.35 points on the 1-meter and 353.55 points on the 3-meter.
Led by Robert Borowicz, the Jackets swept the top three spots in the 200 back. Borowicz (2:03.13), was followed by Brad Oberg (2:05.29) and Mark Keaveney (2:06.03).
Brian Woodbury (56.26) and Oberg (57.73) were first and third in 100 back.
Nico van Duijn (54.72) and Mark Sarman (55.18) went first and third in the 100 fly.
The women swept both relays, winning the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:57.32 and the 400 free relay in 3:55.80.
Kate Woolbright won both distance freestyle events, putting down a winning time of 9:06.11 in the 800 free and going 1-2 with Chiara Ruiu in the 800 free.
Ruiu (2:07.38) and Erika Staskevicius (2:07.71) went 1-2 in 200 free. That pair also finished first and third, respectively, in the 100 free.
Efrat Rotsztejn also enjoyed a strong meet for the second straight day, winning both the 100 breast and the 200 IM and finishing second to Darelle Cowley in the 200 breast.
Freshman Alex Rieger won her first two career events, taking the 50 free (26.91) and the 200 back (2:16.65).
Senior Kate Brandus was victorious in a pair of individual events, winning the 100 fly (1:03.95) and the 200 fly (2:21.07).
Shannon Lumbra swept the diving events, winning on the 1-meter with a score of 293.25 and leading Jackets in the top three spots on the 3-meter with her 326.70 points.
Quotes from head coach Courtney Shealy Hart
“That was a really good bounce-back for us after last night at Penn State and I’m excited about the results. In the past, we have not handled back-to-back meets well so win today was good to see.”
“Both teams got contributions up and down our lineup and that’s encouraging to see. We just went out and raced today, and with the meet in meters, we didn’t worry about time expectations. We need that mentality all the time.”
“Andrew Kosic was impressive again. Not only is he winning, but he’s swimming fast times. I thought Alex Rieger stepped up and was proud of her. Robert (Borowicz) had another strong meet and I was happy to see Yuval bounce back after getting out-touched in the 400 free to win the 400 IM.”
“It was another great meet from our divers with Brad and Shannon sweeping and the women going 1-2-3 on the 3-meter.”
Georgia Tech welcomes Notre Dame and South Carolina on Friday, October 17th in the Yellow Jackets’ 2014-15 home opener. The meet begins at 4 p.m. at the GT Aquatic Center.