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Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Fourth After Day One of GT Invitational

Nov. 20, 2009


ATLANTA – After one full day of competition at the 2009 Georgia Tech Invitational, both the Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s swimming and & diving teams are in fourth place, as the men’s squad tallied 140 points on the night, while the women ended the first day of competition with 102 points.

Overall, Florida State is in first place on both the men’s and women’s sides. The Seminole men have 337 points, while the women’s squad has 301.5 points.

Action kicked off in the finals with the women’s 200-free relay, as the team of Jessie Mason, Kate Riley, Keren Siebner and Agatha Kwasnik finished fourth after hitting the wall in 1:33.57, to earn the Yellow Jackets 30 points. On the men’s side, the team of Nigel Plummer, Jeremy Jackson, Jeffrey Phillips and Sullivan Lynch also placed fourth in 1:22.18 to earn 30 points.

Georgia Tech next tallied points in the 200-IM, as senior Gal Nevo finished third in an NCAA B-Cut time of 1:48.19, while earning the Yellow Jackets 16 points. Teammate Eric Chiu hit the wall in 1:53.43 to finish 12th and earn five points for Tech. On the women’s side, Mason placed sixth after hitting the wall in 23.49 to earn 14 points for the Jackets, while Kwasnik finished 12th in 23.31 to garner five points.

Next up in the 50-free, sophomore Nigel Plummer finished first in an NCAA B-Cut tine of 20.09 to tally 20 points. The win for Plummer was his third in the 50-free in as many meets. Meanwhile, Lynch garnered a point for Tech with a 16th place finish in 21.25.

Next in the women’s one-meter springboard dive, senior Hannah Krimm posted a score of 290.45 in the finals to place fourth and earn Georgia Tech 15 points. Junior Michele Bertolino posted a 255.50 to finish ninth and tally nine points.

In the men’s three-meter springboard, freshman Brandon Makinson finished fifth after posting a 315.00 effort in the final to earn the Tech 14 points. Teammate Chris Khosravi finished right behind Makinson in sixth place with a 306.65 effort to earn 12 points.

The last two events of the evening was the women’s and men’s 400-medley relay. For the women, the team of Heidi Hatteberg, Lisa Pucci, Erin O’Donnell and Kwasnik finished fourth in 3:47.95 to take home 30 points. On the men’s side, the squad of Ilia Ayzenshtok, Matthew Vaughan, Chiu and Plummer finished third, hitting the wall in 3:21.17 to earn 32 points for Georgia Tech.

The Georgia Tech Invitational continues tomorrow at the Aquatic Center with preliminaries getting underway at 10 a.m., with finals starting at 6 p.m. Fans are reminded that live stats will be available all weekend at


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