Feb. 22, 2008
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Women’s Swimming & Diving Team set two more school records tonight on the third day of the ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Agatha Kwasnik set a new school record in the 200-yard free, while the 400-yard medley relay team set a new record as well. Tech is currently in seventh place with 181 points, 10 points behind sixth-place Duke. Virginia is in first with 546 points.
“This was another good night for us,” head coach Stu Wilson said. “To have two more school records go down and two All-ACC performers in one night says a lot for our program. We already have more points through three nights this year than we had all of last year and I think we are ready for some great swims tomorrow night.”
In the 100-yard fly, Thea Kromer and Christine Chuang both qualified for the consolation final. Kromer swam a career-high 55.65 in the prelims and then a 55.90 in the finals to finish 13th. Chuang finished 14th with a 56.90 in finals.
Up next was the 200-yard free and Agatha Kwasnik made a huge charge in the final leg to finish second with a NCAA “B”-cut time of 1:47.40. It set a new school record and was her career-high by just about two seconds. It was a full second faster than her time in the prelims.
Lisa Pucci finished 11th in the 100-yard breast in a time of 1:04.78 Earlier in the day, she set a career-high by touching the wall in 1:04.72. Hen Parker, meanwhile, was 16th as she finished in 1:05.53. She was almost a second faster (1:04.67) in the prelims.
In the three-meter diving event, Tech senior Stephanie England grabbed third place with 300.05 points. Fresh off her win in last night’s one-meter event, Miami’s Brittany Viola won the three-meter as well with 340.55 points after coming back from as far back as sixth place.
The 400-medley relay was the final event of the night and the Tech quartet of Ryann Kopacka, Lisa Pucci, Thea Kromer and Kwasnik set the second school record of the night. They finished in 3:47.39, almost a second better than the previous school best set in the 2005 season.
The ACC Women’s Swimming Championship runs through Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, while both the men’s and women’s diving championships go from Thursday to Saturday. Admission is free, but fans that can’t make it can follow live stats on www.ramblinwreck.com. Live video streaming of each night’s finals will be available via ACC Select. Prelims begin each day at 11:00 AM with diving finals set to begin at 5:15 PM and swimming finals at 7:00 PM.
On tap for Friday is the men’s one-meter dive and the women’s 400 IM, 100-fly, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back, three-meter diving and the 400-medley relay.