Oct. 17, 2014
THE FLATS – It was a strong Friday night in the pool for Georgia Tech swimming & diving as the men picked up an impressive non-conference win over South Carolina and the women opened ACC action by beating Notre Dame at the GT Aquatic Center.
The Yellow Jacket men improved to 2-1 by defeating the Gamecocks, 186-114, while the women’s record moved to 2-2 after beating the Irish, 157-143, but falling to South Carolina, 177-123.
Tech is right back in action Saturday morning at the GT Aquatic Center, hosting Pitt and Georgia Southern. The meet begins at 11 a.m.
Rookie Brian Woodbury was impressive, winning both the 100 back (50.24) and the 200 IM (1:54.50) and helping the 200 medley relay to a victory in the meet’s first event. Woodbury teamed with Mark Sarman, Ben Southern and Nico van Duijn to take the relay in a time of 1:30.21.
Woodbury’s other individual event was a second-place finish (1:52.26) to teammate Robert Borowicz (1:49.99) in the 200 back.
Southern also picked up a pair of individual event wins as the sophomore claimed the 100 fly (48.97) and went 1-2 with van Duijn in the 200 fly.
Yuval Safra swept the distance events for the Yellow Jackets, putting down a time of 4:28.78 in winning the 500 free and cruising to an eight-second victory over USC’s Tom Peribonio in the 1,000 free (9:19.44).
Senior Andrew Kosic continues the strong start to his season as he won all three individual events he entered – the 50 free (20.01), the 100 free (44.15) and the 200 free (1:38.41). His 50 and 100 free times were each NCAA “B” cuts.
Behind Kosic, Tech swept the top three spots in the 50 free with Andrew Chetcuti (20.99) in second and Taylor Wilson (21.16) in third.
Kosic, Chetcuti, Wilson and van Duijn cemented the victory over South Carolina with a win in the 400 free relay in a time of 3:01.73.
Chiara Ruiu turned in a big meet by winning the 200 free (1:52.30), finishing second in the 200 IM (2:06.76) and helping the 400 free relay to victory.
Shannon Lumbra finished second on both springboard events, scoring 294.95 points on the 1-meter and 306.00 on the 3-meter.
Alex Rieger also swam on the winning 400 free relay and registered a second-place finish in the 200 back in a time of 2:02.10.
Rieger and Ruiu joined Erika Staskevicius and Darelle Cowley in putting down a winning time of 3:29.46 in the 400 free relay.
Tech also picked up a third-place finish in the 400 free relay as MaryKathryn Terry, Elise Breaux, Katherine Kerman and Kira de Bruyn were clocked in 3:33.49.
Quotes from head coach Courtney Shealy Hart
“I’m thrilled with the results tonight. South Carolina is always a strong men’s program and Notre Dame is a women’s team that was ranked in the Top 25 last season and has an American record-holder on its roster.”
“The key tonight was our depth, and that was something we had talked about. It wasn’t just our athletes at the top of the lineup. It was a team-effort and I’m proud of how we performed. Now we have to re-focus our energy and get ready for another tough test with Pitt and Georgia Southern coming in tomorrow morning.”
“Ben (Southern) swam very well for us tonight, Yuval (Safra) was strong, and Brian (Woodbury) had a very good meet. Kosic continues to swim very fast right and he’s had a great start to his senior season.” “Chiara (Ruiu) and Shannon (Lumbra) both were big keys for the women to get that first ACC win.”