Oct. 11, 2007
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will open the 2007-08 season against Atlantic Coast Conference foes Clemson and Florida State and Southeastern Conference challenger Alabama this Saturday, October 13, in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The quad-meet is schedule for a noon start, with the one-meter diving event scheduled for 11 a.m.
“We are opening the season against three very good teams,” head coach Stu Wilson said. “I am very excited to see our upperclassman and freshmen get a chance to compete. They have trained very well this past month and now it is time to go out and see where we are at against top competition.”
The quad-meet will be a 16-event format and will include two heats of every event. The day will begin with the women’s 1000 free and conclude with the men’s 400 free relay. The three-meter diving event will take place at the same time as swimming events, the time is to be determined.
Seniors and team captains Jason Bourgeois and Onur Uras return for the Yellow Jackets after solid conference meets a year ago. Bourgeois, a native of River Ridge, La., tallied a team-best time of 49.23 in the prelims of the 100 backstroke, placing sixth at the 2007 ACC meet. Bourgeois was also a member of the 200-free relay team that posted a Georgia Tech school record, NCAA ‘B’ standard time of 1:20.35 at the ACC competition, finishing fourth overall.
Uras, a native of Istanbul, Turkey, placed 24th overall in the 50 free with a time of 20.74 in the prelims and 22.03 in the finals at the 2007 ACC Championships. He swam the third leg of the 400 medley relay team that placed sixth at the ACC meet with a team-best time of 3:21.80.
The men’s team also welcomes back two-time All-American diver Evan Stowers, a senior from Independence, Ky., who placed 15th on the platform at the 2007 NCAA Championships with a score of 289.25.
On the women’s team, captains Elizabeth Stowe and Agatha Kwasnik will lead the way this season. Stowe, a senior from Lawrenceville, Ga., placed 17th overall in the 500 free at the 2007 ACC Championships with a team-best time of 4:54.61. She also set a team-best, NCAA ‘B’ qualifying mark of 16:34.94 in the 1650 free at the ACC meet, finishing fourth.
Kwasnik, a sophomore from Lake Bluff, Ill., had an amazing freshman season to begin her Tech career. She set four team-best times and swam the first leg on four relay teams that held team-best times last season. Kwasnik set a personal-best time and new Tech school record in the 100 free event at the Georgia Invite, clocking a split time of 51.48.
Hannah Krimm, a sophomore diver from Upper Arlington, Ohio, will also be in action Saturday. Last season she tallied a mark of 264.80 in the prelims of the one-meter diving competition at the ACC Championships, finishing eighth overall.
Results for this home meet will be posted on www.ramblinwreck.com following the competition.
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