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Jackets Host 2nd Annual Georgia Tech Invitational

Nov. 17, 2005

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host the second annual Georgia Tech Invitational this Friday-Sunday, Nov. 18-20, in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The swim meet will feature prelims and finals, which prelims will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. The finals will start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Other participating teams in the invitational meet will be Florida Atlantic (men and women), Florida State (men and women), Gardner-Webb (women), Miami (women), New Orleans (women), Rice University (women) and Western Kentucky (women).

The Seminoles are the only team entering the meet ranked in the latest top-25 poll. FSU enters the invitational meet No. 15 on the men’s side and No. 16 on the women’s side.

Coming on strong for the Yellow Jackets as of late is All-American Sam Morgan. Morgan, a senior from Gainesville, Ga., captured the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle events against ninth-ranked Minnesota last Saturday with season-best times in each event. He holds the nation’s 12th-best time in the 1000 free (9:14.83) and will battle Florida State’s Stephen Roof (9:21.01) in both events.

Tony Burkhardt, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz., ranks in the top-four in the Atlantic Coast Conference on the springboards. He has posted NCAA Zone qualifying marks of 327.75 (1-meter) and 341.90 (3-meter). Sophomore Evan Stowers ranks third in the ACC on the three-meter board, with an NCAA Zone mark of 344.10.

Caroline Jones leads the Tech women’s swimming and diving team with three top times on the season. Jones, a freshman from St. Simmons, Ga., holds the nation’s 51st-fastest swim in the 200 backstroke with a season-best mark of 2:03.15. She will battle with FSU’s Romy Altmann in the 200 back who stands 32nd in the nation with a season-best time of 2:01.67. Jones also leads Tech in the 200 free (1:51.92) and 100 back (59.25).

Elizabeth Stowe, a sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga., holds the nation’s 32nd and 57th-best times in the 1000 and 500 free events for the Jackets. She holds the meet’s top times in both those events with season-best marks of 10:03.65 and 4:56.66, respectively.

The Seminoles’ Carrie Ellis ranks eighth in the nation in the 50 free (23.27) and 100 free (50.33). FSU’s `A’ relay teams also holds top-10 times in the nation in the 200 free relay (3:25.87), 200 medley relay (1:43.31) and 400 medley relay (3:44.76).

The entire meet can be followed via live stats on www.ramblinwreck.com. For schedule information, results and meet information please go to http://ramblinwreck.collegesports.com/sports/c-swim/spec-rel/05-gt-invitational.html.

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