March 4, 2016
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech men’s swimmers are aiming for quick times this weekend as they participate in the Yellow Jacket Championship Qualifier, which will take place March 5-6 at the McAuley Aquatic Center. The event serves as the last opportunity for swimmers to qualify for the 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
“We’re excited to compete again this weekend,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “We have a few guys that should be in the NCAAs, but we’d like to race again and get faster. We’re also trying to qualify a couple of relays and give other teams a chance to qualify. It’s a great opportunity for our visitors to swim in an Olympic pool before NCAAs.”
Last week, the men’s team finished fifth at the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C., and Moises Loschi and Rodrigo Correia broke school records in the 200 breast and 100 back, respectively. The previous week, the women’s team broke 11 school records in Greensboro, while Brad Homza won gold in platform diving and was named the Most Valuable Diver for the meet.
Other schools competing this weekend include Florida State, Duke and Louisville. Live results can be followed at http://buzz.gt/1PMKlyf. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. each day, and finals begin at 6 p.m.
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.