Feb. 25, 2016
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Georgia Tech men’s swimmers completed their second day of competition at the ACC Men’s Swimming Championships, and multiple personal bests were set in the process. Yuval Safra, Colt Williamson, Moises Loschi, Rodrigo Correia, Youssef Hammoud and Noah Harsz competed in finals races on Thursday night.
After Day 2 of the ACC Championships, the Georgia Tech men are in fifth place with 357 points.
“I thought we had a very solid day today,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “We have to come out tomorrow morning ready to go, and we’ll need to race in an aggressive fashion in order to get into scoring spots. We’re in a good position, and we’re excited to see what tomorrow holds for us.”
The day began with the 500 free prelims, in which Yuval Safra posted a season-best time of 4:22.20 to qualify for the A final. Colt Williamson (4:23.09) and Moises Loschi (4:24.72) had career bests and qualified for the B and C finals, respectively, while Michael Kenny (4:28.62) and Mark Keaveney (4:31.48) set new personal bests, as well. Safra went on to finish sixth in the A final, while Williamson finished fifth in the B final and Loschi finished fourth in the C final.
In the 200 IM, freshman Rodrigo Correia qualified for the B final with a time of 1:46.06, winning Heat 1 in the process. Correia went on to finish fifth in the B final with a time of 1:46.13. Alex Kimpel (1:47.89) and Ben Southern (1:50.67) recorded personal bests in the prelims.
In the 50 free prelims, Youssef Hammoud (19.85) and Noah Harasz (19.93) posted personal bests and qualified for the B final. Harasz went on to finish sixth in the B final, while Hammoud finished seventh. Robert Borowicz posted a career best of 20.42 in the prelims, while Ricky Lehner swam a season best of 21.23.
In the 200 free relay, the quartet of Correia, Hammoud, Borowicz and Harasz finished ninth with a time of 1:19.72.
Friday Schedule of Events:
10:00 a.m.: 400 IM (prelim), 100 Butterfly (prelim), 200 Freestyle (prelim), 100 Breaststroke (prelim), 100 Backstroke (prelim)
6:00 p.m.: 400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 400 Medley Relay
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.