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Jackets Travel to Virginia for ACC Battle on Saturday

Nov. 1, 2006

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will travel to Charlottesville, Va., for an Atlantic Coast Conference battle with the University of Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 4. The combined dual meet is slated for a 1 p.m. start.

“Virginia is a very well coached team and I have a lot of respect for Coach [Mark] Bernardino and his staff,” said Tech coach Stuart Wilson. “They have definitely proven that by consistently winning the ACC Championship. Virginia will always be tough to race against but we’re up for the challenge and it’s going to be great to race against a solid team.”

The Tech men (0-3, 0-1 ACC) are led by senior Ryan Bishop and sophomore Noah Copeland. Bishop, a native of Signal Mountain, Tenn., ranks in the ACC season top 10 in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.26/5th) and 200 breast (2:05.61/5th). Copeland, a native of Fayetteville, Ga., stands third in the conference in the 200 freestyle (1:40.82) and fifth in the 100 free (46.42).

The women’s team (1-3, 1-1 ACC) is led by freshman Jing Li. Li, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., boasts three top-10 times in the ACC this season. She stands fourth in the 500 free (4:57.85), sixth in the 200 butterfly (2:04.72) and 10th in the 1000 free (10:13.74).

Junior Stephanie England holds a NCAA Zone diving qualifying mark of 275.00 on the women’s three-meter springboard, while junior Peter Doblar holds a NCAA zone mark on the men’s three-meter board of 300.55.

“We have had some bright spots this season and I hope to see more coming out this weekend,” said Wilson. “This will be a great trip for both men and women as they will be anxious to see where they are with the amount of training they have done this fall.”

The Yellow Jackets will train for the next three weeks for the Georgia Invitational, Dec. 1-3, in Athens. That invitational meet will conclude the fall season for the Jackets.

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