March 27, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas – Georgia Tech junior Andrew Kosic finished 15th nationally in the 50 free Thursday night as action began at the 2014 NCAA Swimming Championship in Austin, Texas.
Kosic put down the fastest time in Tech history and re-broke his own 50 free record with a 19.42 in Thursday’s prelims to qualify him for the B-Final. The junior came back Thursday night and posted of time of 19.57 that was good for 15th-place, tying him with ACC rival David Williams from NC State.
“What a great start to the NCAA Championship and I couldn’t be more thrilled for Andrew,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “On the biggest stage in college swimming, he had a lifetime best this afternoon in the prelims, which put him in position to score points tonight. He had another great swim in the finals. Hopefully the rest of our guys can build that momentum from tonight.”
Kosic’s 15th-place finish added 1.5 points to the Yellow Jackets’ cause. He becomes Tech’s first point-scorer at the NCAA Championship since Gal Nevo in 2010. Junior Nico van Duijn finished 47th overall with his time of 20.13 in Thursday’s prelims.
NC State’s Simonas Bilis won the B-Final with a time of 19.21, while Alabama’s Kristian Gkolomeev won the NCAA title in the 50 free with his time of 18.95.
Action continues Friday at 11 a.m., and the Yellow Jackets have entries in the prelims for the 200 medley relay, the 800 free relay and the 100 fly.