Feb. 14, 2006
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s swimming and diving team will compete at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, Feb. 15-18, in College Park, Md. The University of Maryland will serve as the host and will provide live stats at http://umterps.collegesports.com/livestats/c-swim/
“I’m looking forward to the meet because the ladies have been working hard all year long only to focus on the ACC Championships,” said head coach Stuart Wilson. “Everyone looks good and they are anxious to get started. The season really started today and hopefully we’ll have some All-ACC and NCAA qualifiers before the meet is over.”
Divers Laurissa Prystaj and Stephanie England lead Tech heading into the championship meet. Prystaj, a senior from Fairport, N.Y., holds the league’s third-best mark on the one-meter springboard (305.95) and fourth-best mark on the three-meter board (351.60).
England, a sophomore from Titusville, Fla., ranks sixth on the three-meter board (328.30) and seventh on the one-meter board (278.55). Both England and Prystaj are the only two ACC divers with marks in the platform diving event, which will be the inaugural season for that event at the ACC meet.
Sophomore Elizabeth Stowe is seeded eighth in the 1650 freestyle with her 1000 free seed time of 10:03.65. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native clocked a NCAA `B’ standard time in the mile of 16:51.48.
Caroline Jones is seeded seventh in the 200 backstroke for the Yellow Jackets. Jones, a freshman from St. Simons, Ga., posted a season-best time of 2:03.15 at the ACC Quad Meet, held at Maryland earlier this year.
The men’s diving competition will also be going on during the meet. The Jackets will send four divers for the first time in program history. Leading the way for Tech will be junior Tony Burkhardt and sophomore Evan Stowers. Burkhardt is third on the three-meter board (387.95) and fourth on the one-meter board (374.50).
Stowers holds the league’s sixth and seventh-best marks on the one- and three-meter boards with marks of 358.30 and 359.93, respectively.