April 16, 2004
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams accomplished something that no other Tech combined program had in its three-year existence, have both teams finish at nationals. The Yellow Jacket women tallied a 33rd-place finish at the NCAA Championships, while the men finished in a tie for 35th-place. Tech had two swimmers, sophomore Sam Morgan and freshman Vesna Stojanovska, earn All-America honors at the national championships, the first time that feat had been accomplished.
Here’s a short list of some of the accomplishments for the swimming and diving teams:
MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
The men’s swimming and diving finished in the Top 35 at nationals for the fourth consecutive season, tallying a 35th-place finish with two points. Sophomore Sam Morgan garnered All-America honors in the 1500-meter freestyle, becoming only the third Tech athlete to do so. The Yellow Jackets finished fifth at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, scoring 392 points. Freshman Ryan Bishop earned All-ACC honors in the 400-yard individual medley. Tech finished with a 4-7, 2-3 ACC dual meet record.
* Sam Morgan – All-American in 1500-meter free (15th place finish at NCAAs)
* Ryan Bishop – All-ACC in 400 IM (3rd place finish at ACC’s)
* Matt Figh – Tied school record in 200 free at ACC’s
* Ryan Riebesell, Jason Howard, Brian Huff, Teemu Kettunen broke school record in 200 free relay at ACC’s
* Paul McCarty broke school record on one-meter springboard against Emory
WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
The women’s swimming and diving team placed at nationals for the first time in school history, finishing 33rd with seven points. Freshman Vesna Stojanovska became the first women’s swimmer to earn All-America honors, doing so in the 200-meter butterfly with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The Yellow Jackets finished sixth at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, scoring 282 points. Tech broke 13 school records over the course of the season, including all five relay events at the ACC meet. The Jackets finished the season with a 4-7, 1-4 ACC dual meet record.
* Vesna Stojanovska – All-American in 200-meter fly – School Record holder in 200 free, 500 free and 1000 free
* Moeko Wallis broke school record in 50 free at ACC’s
* Elizabeth Foster set new school record in 100 free and 100 fly at ACC’s
* Ann Battle broke school record in 1650 free at ACC’s
* Alison Walker broke school record in the 100 breast at ACC’s
* Laurissa Prystaj broke both school records on the one- and three-meter springboards