Oct. 30, 2014
THE FLATS – Off to an impressive 4-2 start, the Georgia Tech men’s swimming and diving team is ranked No. 15 in the first release of the Top 25 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
The Yellow Jackets, who have wins this season over No. 24 Florida State, South Carolina, Pitt and Navy, enter the Top 25 for the first time since December of 2012.
“It’s obviously great to be recognized at this point in the season,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “Our guys have been putting in hard work daily and we’re swimming very well. What I like is that we’re swimming as a team. We’ve got depth and we’re getting contributions from across our lineup. It should be a fun meet when Georgia, who is ranked fourth, comes to our pool next Friday.”
Tech is led by senior All-American Andrew Kosic, who owns top-15 times nationally in the 50 free (20.01, seventh), 100 free (44.10, fifth) and 200 free (1:38.18, 13th). Junior Yuval Safra is ranked 14th nationally in the 500 free (4:28.78), while sophomore Ben Southern is 15th in the NCAA in the 100 fly (48.33) and 20th in the 200 fly (1:48.06).
Including Georgia Tech, there are six teams from the ACC ranked. NC State leads the way at No. 3, followed by North Carolina (seventh), Louisville (ninth), Virginia Tech (12th), Georgia Tech (15th) and Florida State (t-24th).
The ACC’s six ranked teams trails only the eight from the Big Ten, including No. 1-ranked Michigan.
The 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets have this weekend off before hosting No. 4 Georgia and SCAD in a double-dual meet next Friday at the GT Aquatic Center. The meet begins at 4 p.m. and admission is free.
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