Nov. 3, 2010
ATLANTA – In their second meet of the season, the Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams split in a tri-meet with in-state rivals, Georgia and Emory, Wednesday. The Jackets dominated Emory sweeping the Eagles by scores of 179-64 (men) and 154-87 (women). Tech fell to Georgia though as the Bulldogs earned victories of 137-95 (men) and 137-98 (women).
“I am happy with the way that we competed at today’s meet,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “The team swam well as a whole against some tough competition and showed much improvement from our first meet of the season. I am hoping that our momentum from this meet will carry into the dual meet with Clemson on Friday night.”
Tech’s diving was the highlight of the day, taking place once again at Emory as the Tech diving well is close to being finished after undergoing renovation. Brandon Makinson excelled for the second-straight meet for the Jackets earning victories in both the one-meter and three-meter dives. Makinson’s score of 335.65 in the one-meter was a personal best for the sophomore who also notched 376.60 points in the three meter dive.
“Brandon winning both events was huge,” said diving coach John Ames. “His victories came over two very good teams in Georgia and Emory. He did better on one meter than it showed but all in all he was great and Chris [Khosravi] was very steady too. Their performances today were phenomenal.”
Khosravi earned a second place finish behind Makinson in the three-meter dive with a score of 325.15 also taking fourth in the one-meter dive (283.00).
On the women’s side of things, freshman Ashley Hardy continued to excel taking home the one-meter dive victory with a score of 288.05 and finishing in third place in the three-meter (250.45).
“Ashley has made incredible improvements during her short time at Tech, and to win the one-meter is an amazing thing to do as a freshman beating Georgia.”
On the swimming side of things, Lexi Weber and Jordan Evans shined for the Jackets.
Weber began her night with a third place finish in the 50-Free just .24 seconds behind the victor in 23.87. She improved to second place in the 100-Free with a time of 51.24 later going on to help Tech to a first place showing in the 200-Free Relay with a time of 1:35.37 edging out Georgia by .12 seconds for the win.
Evans started the meet off helping Tech to a second place, 3:52.27 finish in the first event of the night, the 400-Medley Relay, later going on to finish second in the 100-Fly with a time of 56.48.
On the men’s side of things the sprint corps of Nigel Plummer, Garrett Robberson, and Sullivan Lynch finished two-three-four in the 50-Free with times of 20.85, 20.89 and 21.14 respectively. The three sprinters also teamed up with Ben Sheppard for a first place finish in the 200-Free Relay to close out the meet with a time of 1:22.44.
Also excelling for the Jackets was Anton Lagerqvist who finished first in the 100-Breast with a time of 58.16. Lagerqvist also was a part of Tech’s third place finish in the 400-Medley Relay (3:27.07) and finished fourth in the 400-IM with a time of 4:08.66.
Tech will continue with competition in just two days when they travel to Clemson, S.C. to take on the Tigers in a dual meet on Friday Night.