Oct. 3, 2014
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Senior Andrew Kosic broke a pair of pool records and Brad Homza won both diving events, but the Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams dropped their season-openers Friday night at Penn State.
The men closed the meet strong by winning four of the final six events, but were edged by the Nittany Lions, 160.5-137.5. The women suffered a 170-119 setback.
Reigning All-American Andrew Kosic won the 50 free in a Penn State pool record time of 20.19. Kosic also broke the pool’s record in the 100 free (44.10) in leading off the 400 free relay.
Senior Nico van Duijn and sophomore Ben Southern swept the top two spots in both fly events with Southern winning the 200 (1:49.66) and van Duijn taking the 100 (49.42).
Homza swept the diving events, scoring 302.32 points to win the 1-meter and 303.00 points on the 3-meter.
Freshman Alex Kimpel won the 200 breast in his collegiate debut in a time of 2:06.77, while junior Yuval Safra won the 500 free (4:31.48).
Junior diving Shannon Lumbra (275.40) and freshman Ellen Posch (235.41) finished first and third, respectively, in on the 1-meter board.
Junior Efrat Rotsztejn was strong in the breaststroke, finishing second in both the 100 (1:04.81) and the 200 (2:21.53).
Quotes from head coach Courtney Shealy Hart
“The men were a little slow out of the gate, but certainly got stronger as the meet progressed. Andrew (Kosic) broke a pair of pool records and I think he helped get some other guys going. Nico and Ben went 1-2 in the 100 and 200 fly and Yuval did a good job.”
“Our women were a little sluggish today and hopefully it’s a good learning experience for them as we have to turn around and swim again tomorrow. We just need to keep getting better each time we’re in the pool. But I was proud of Shannon winning the 1-meter and Efrat was strong in the breaststroke.”
“Overall, it was good to get back in the pool and competing against a good team like Penn State. We have a quick turnaround and we will be tested again tomorrow at Navy.”
The men and women remain on the road to battle Navy tomorrow at 11 a.m.