Feb. 17, 2018
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Nine personal records, five B finalists and one top-five diver catapulted Georgia Tech to a fine finish at the 2018 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships and the ACC Men’s Diving Championships on Saturday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
“I’m really pleased with how we finished this week. Today was our best day of the ACCs and we left it all out there,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “Really proud of Matt [Casillas] for finishing fourth in the platform today. He came out with a purpose today and it showed in every dive. It was also great to see our three seniors, Kira [de Bruyn], Kaitlin [Kitchens] and Morgan [Lyons], finish out well today after all they’ve given to the program.”
The Yellow Jackets finished the women’s championships 10th overall in the team scoring with 370.5 points.
The Georgia Tech men’s team returns to Greensboro on Wednesday, Feb. 21, for the ACC Men’s Swimming Championships. The four-day event will begin with prelims at 10 a.m.
Sophomore Iris Wang finished 10th overall in the 100 free prelims to make the B finals, turning in an NCAA B qualifying time of 48.74. She then shaved time off that performance in the finals to finish second in the B finals with a time of 48.60.
Sophomore Kristen Hepler then kicked hard to a 14th-place NCAA B time of 2:13.68 – a career-best time that ranks second all-time at Tech – in the 200 breast prelims, while Florina Ilie also made the B finals with an NCAA B time of 2:14.46. Hepler then placed seventh in the B finals with an NCAA B time of 2:14.31, while Ilie turned in an NCAA B time of 2:15.86.
Tech’s deepest event of the day came in the 200 fly, using then-top performances to reach the B finals. Kira de Bruyn went on to finish fifth in the B finals with a career-best NCAA B time of 1:59.38, while Emily Ilgenfritz was right behind her with a personal-record time of 1:59.69 (sixth in B finals).
Second-yearJackets Chloe Miller (2:01.16) and Tamir Gonen (2:01.37) also advanced from the 200 fly prelims, making the C final. Miller finished fifth in the C finals with a time of 2:01.97, while Gonen finished seventh with her time of 2:02.30.
After turning in a time of 1:57.12 to advance from the 200 back prelims, Caroline Lee went on to swim an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:56.51 to finish fourth in the C finals.
In the 400 free relay, the team of Wang, Morgan Lyons, de Bruyn and Kaitlin Kitchens touched the wall in 10th-place overall with a time of 3:18.38, which ranks as the fastest time by Tech this season and just 0.02-seconds off the school record.
Ilgenfritz also turned in the best 1650 free performance by a Yellow Jacket this season, finishing 17th overall with a time of 16:38.27.
In the platform diving prelims, the Jackets were led by Carly Doi with a score of 187.55, good enough for 17th-place overall, while freshman Paige Gohr finished just two spots back of Doi in 19th with her score of 184.10.
Men’s Diving Highlights
Junior Matt Casillas led the way for the Georgia Tech men during platform diving. After a fifth-place score of 320.60 in the prelims, he tallied a score of 317.45 to finish fourth overall in the finals, just missing all-conference recognition.
The men’s team will begin the swim portion of the ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships next week in eighth-place overall with a total of 56 points from the divers this week.
* Sophomore Caroline Lee turned in an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:57.12 in the 200 back prelims. She then turned in another NCAA B time of 1:56.51 to finish fourth in the C finals.
* Junior Iris Wang recorded an NCAA B qualifying time of 48.74 in the 100 free prelims. She then cut her time further by finishing second in the B finals, swimming a 48.60 – a time below the average mark that was invited to the 2017 NCAAs.
* Senior Kira de Bruyn recorded a career-best NCAA B qualifying time of 1:59.38 in the 200 fly to finish fifth in the B finals. She advanced from prelims with a NCAA B time of 1:59.42.
* Sophomore Emily Ilgenfritz also set a new personal-record NCAA B time in the 200 fly, touching the wall in a time of 1:59.69 to finish sixth in the B finals.
* Sophomore Chloe Miller also turned in a career-best performance in the 200 fly prelims, recording a time of 2:01.16 to make the C finals.
* Sophomore Kristen Hepler turned in an NCAA B time of 2:13.68 in the 200 breast prelims – ranking second all-time in program history. She then turned in another NCAA B qualifying time of 2:14.31 to finished seventh in the B finals.
* Junior Florina Ilie also recorded an NCAA B qualifying time to make the B finals of the 200 breast prelims, swimming a 2:14.46. She then recorded another NCAA B time of 2:15.86 to finished eighth in the B finals.
* Freshman Camille Long set a new personal-best in the 1650 free with a time of16:50.40.
* Sophomore Tamir Gonen turned in a season-best mark of 17:00.07 in the 1650 free.
* Sophomore Lindsay Wallace recorded a new personal record in the 1650 free with her time of 17:02.02.
* Senior Megan Young recorded set a new season-best NCAA B qualifying time of 1:58.63 in the 200 back prelims.
* Freshman Allie Paschal set a new personal record in the 200 back prelims, swimming an NCAA B time of 1:58.93.
* Junior Sara Gilbert also set a new career-best in the 200 back prelims, recording a time of 1:59.43.
* Senior Kaitlin Kitchens turned in an NCAA B time of 49.72 in the 100 free prelims.
* Senior Morgan Lyons set a new personal record in the 100 free prelims, swimming a 50.92 in the event.
* Freshman Celine Nugent recorded a new career-best mark of 51.65 in the 100 free prelims.
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