Feb. 12, 2017
THE FLATS – It all comes down to this, championship week, as the Georgia Tech women’s swimming and diving team welcomes the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to the McAuley Center for the 2017 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from Feb. 13-16. The men’s ACC Diving Championships will also take place this week.
On Monday, Feb. 13, the championships will begin at 10 a.m. with diving preliminaries and will begin the swimming relay events at 4:15 p.m. The finals of the women’s 3-meter and men’s 1-meter event will start at 4:20 p.m.
For the other three days of competition, Feb. 14-16, the prelims will take place in the morning session beginning at 10 a.m. The finals will be held in the night session beginning at 6 p.m. each night.
“We are excited to be hosting the ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships and the ACC Men’s Diving Championships this week,” stated head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “This is what we have been training for all season long – a chance to compete our best at the championship level. Now we have to put our focus and determination into performing our best this week to continue to move forward as a program.”
Six teams are ranked in the top 25 for the women’s Division I CSCAA Poll, with three landing in the top 10 with No. 7 NC State, No. 8 Virginia and No. 10 Louisville. Duke comes in at No. 18, while North Carolina (No. 23) and Notre Dame (tied for No. 24) round out the ACC teams in the top 25 poll.
The Virginia Cavalier women have won nine consecutive ACC Championships and are the defending 2016 champions.
The Yellow Jackets will look to build on its 11th-place finish from last season at the 2016 ACC Championships in which the women’s team totaled 356 points.
At the 2016 conference championships, the Jackets registered eight school records – Iris Wang (100 and 200 free), Maddie Paschal (100 back), Florina Ilie (100 breast), Chiara Ruiu (200 IM), 400 free relay and both the 200 and 400 medley relay events – as well as a total of 15 season-best team marks on the year.
Led by Wang, who ranks ninth in the ACC in both the 100 and 200 free events, the Yellow Jackets this season have set seven school records already this season and will look to add to that mark this week at the championship event.
Casillas, who has the 10th-best score in the ACC in the 1-meter dive this season, has the top marks for the Yellow Jackets this year in the 1-meter (340.80), 3-meter (363.75) and the platform (353.25) events.
Eteiba will be diving in his fourth straight ACC Championships where he placed 16th in both the 1-meter and 3-meter last season and recorded a career-best ACC finish of 10th on the platform in 2015.
Live results of both the prelims and finals of the conference championship meet can be found HERE.
The finals of each day beginning at 6 p.m. will also be streamed live via the ACC Network Extra and can be found online with the links below:
Feb. 14 – Finals at 6 p.m. ( Click Here )
Feb. 15 – Finals at 6 p.m. ( Click Here )
Feb. 16 – Finals at 6 p.m. ( Click Here )
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