Nov. 22, 2014
THE FLATS – Andrew Kosic won the 100 free with a school record time to lead the 24th-ranked Georgia Tech men to a second-place finish, while the Yellow Jacket women had a big night to jump two spots to sixth, as action concluded on Saturday at the GT Invitational.
The Tech men finished second to seventh-ranked Florida, which scored 1,954 points to claim the team title. The Jackets registered 981.5 points, and were followed by No. 20 Florida State (900), Indian River (558), Florida Atlantic (352.5), South Carolina (131), Auburn (102), Utah (72) and College of Charleston (4).
The women entered the night in eighth place, but thanks to a third-place finish from Madison Young on the platform and A-final appearances from Alex Rieger and Darelle Cowley, the Yellow Jackets moved up to sixth in the 17-team field.
The 11th-ranked Gators also won the women’s meet with 1,359 points, followed by Arkansas (861.5), FSU (686), Florida Gulf Coast (573.5), Vanderbilt (449), Tech (371), FAU (353.5) and Miami (348) in the top half of the standings.
Sophomore Madison Young was impressive on the platform, finishing third overall with her score of 248.40 points. Rookie teammate Ellen Posch finished 19th with a score of 184.65.
Sarah Williford was 13th in the 1650 free, clocking in at 17:11.60.
Alex Rieger put down a time of 2:02.96 in the A-final of the 200 back to place 10th overall. Carly Sweeney was 20th in 2:03.82. Rieger’s time ranks as the fourth-fastest in Tech history.
Chiara Ruiu finished 13th in the 100 free in a time of 50.53, which stands as the fifth-fastest in program history.
Darelle Cowley reached the A-final of the 200 breast and took home an eighth-place finish with her time of 2:16.49. Catherine Richards was 12th overall (2:18.28) and Efrat Rotsztejn was 15th (2:18.86). Cowley’s time was the second-fastest in Tech history.
Tech’s 400 free relay of Cowley, Ruiu, Morgan Lyons and Rieger was sixth in a time of 3:26.55.
Andrew Kosic took home the 100 free and broke his own school record with a winning time of 42.74, which is an NCAA B-cut. Youssef Hammoud was fourth, achieving a B-cut of 44.21 and Andrew Chetcuti was ninth (45.08). All three Jackets in the A-final trimmed time from their morning prelim swims.
Kosic finished the night by anchoring the 400 free relay with Hammoud, Chetcuti and Noah Harasz to a second-place finish in a time of 2:55.96.
Brad Homza placed third on the platform, scoring 327.50 points. Homza was the bronze-medalist in all three diving events this week.
Yuval Safra led three Jackets in the 1650 free as he took fifth in an NCAA B-cut time of 15:19.36. Michael Kenny was seventh (15:30.45) and Elliott Brockelbank was eighth (15:30.73).
Brad Oberg finished sixth overall in the 200 back, putting down a time of 1:49.00. Robert Borowicz was 18th with his time in the B-final of 1:51.44.
Rookie Alex Kimpel continued his strong meet by posting a fourth-place finish in the 200 breast as touched in an NCAA B-cut time of 1:59.71. Ricky Lehner won the B-final with his time of 2:02.40, followed by Kevin Smith in 15th (2:07.66) and Nick LaMontagne in 16th (2:08.28).
Another Jacket swimming well this week was sophomore Ben Southern, who took second overall in the 200 fly, clocking a 1:45.54 in the finals after a 1:45.42 in the prelims – both were NCAA B-cuts.
Oberg was fifth in the 200 fly (1:48.20) and freshman Manuel Barragan won the B-final with a time of 1:50.65.
The Jackets have nearly a month off before returning to action December 19 at Florida Atlantic.