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@GTSwimDive: Divers Break Records on Senior Day

Jan. 30, 2016

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THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech swimming & diving team defeated Emory University on Saturday in both the men’s and women’s dual meets, and diving records were broken in the process. It was the Jackets’ last home meet of the season, and the program celebrated its Senior Day.

“I thought both of our squads raced really well,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “It’s great to see some great swims as we get into championship season. We’re sad that it’s the last dual meet for 13 seniors. They did a great job of leading this team throughout the year.”

Shannon Lumbra, who on Tuesday was named the ACC Female Diver of the Week for the second time this season, broke school records in both the 1-meter and 3-meter (340.65) diving competitions with dives of 321.15 and 340.65, respectively. Brad Homza also put his name in the record books, breaking the Tech record in the men’s 1-meter with a dive of 379.20. Homza also set a personal-best in the 3-meter dive, recording a score of 391.73.

“I’m very proud of Shannon for her performance at her last in-season competition,” diving coach John Ames said. “Obviously, the records are icing on the cake for her. She’s been a great team captain, leader and role model for the younger divers this season. We’re looking forward to a great postseason from her.”

The Tech men defeated the Eagles by a score of 147-82, while the Tech women won by a score of 131.5-106.5. Georgia Tech was able to record the top time in 19 of the 22 swimming events and won all four diving competitions against the defending Division III champions.

13 seniors were honored at their last home meet, including NCAA participants Youssef Hammoud, Ricky Lehner, Shannon Lumbra and Mats Westergren.

Georgia Tech’s Top Finishers:
400 Medley Relay: A – Paschal, Ilie, Branton, Wang – 3:48.65, 1st
1000 Free: Chiara Ruiu – 10:29.85, 2nd
200 Free: Iris Wang – 1:50.49, 1st
50 Free: Alex Rieger – 23.79, 1st
400 IM: Kira de Bruyn – 4:30.53, 1st
1-meter Dive: Shannon Lumbra – 321.15, 1st
200 Butterfly: Laura Branton – 2:05.68, 1st
100 Free: Iris Wang – 50.58, 1st
200 Backstroke: Alex Rieger – 2:02.76, 1st
500 Free: Camile Felix – 5:14.50, 3rd
3-meter Dive: Shannon Lumbra – 340.65, 1st
200 Breaststroke: Darelle Cowley – 2:21.07, 1st
400 Free Relay: A – Ruiu, Hansen, Rotsztjen, de Bruyn – 3:31.53, 2nd

400 Medley Relay: A – Woodbury, Loschi, Southern, Harasz – 3:18.85, 1st
1000 Free: Moises Loschi – 9:22.10, 1st
200 Free: Rodrigo Correia – 1:38.96, 1st
50 Free: Noah Harasz – 20.29, 1st
400 IM: Colton Williamson – 4:06.76, 1st
1-meter Dive: Brad Homza – 379.20, 1st
200 Butterfly: Ben Southern – 1:49.63, 1st
100 Free: Youssef Hammoud – 45.69, 1st
200 Backstroke: Yuval Safra – 1:49.90, 1st
500 Free: Moises Loschi – 4:35.17, 1st
3-meter Dive: Brad Homza – 391.73, 1st
200 Breaststroke: Alex Kimpel – 2:03.43, 1st 
400 Free Relay: A – Hammoud, Cohen Solal, Southern, Harasz – 3:02.46

For the second time in program history, Georgia Tech and the McAuley Aquatic Center will serve as the host site for the 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. The Women’s Championships will be held March 16-19, followed by the Men’s Championships March 23-26. Georgia Tech previously hosted the 2006 NCAA Championships and the CRC was also the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics swimming and diving competitions.

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