March 1, 2008
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s swimming team finished fourth at the ACC Championships held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Virginia, who also won the women’s event, scored the victory with 833 points. North Carolina was second with 560 points, while Florida State (524), Georgia Tech (375) and Virginia Tech (363) rounded out the top five. Onur Uras set a school record in the 200-fly for the Yellow Jackets during the final night of competition.
“These guys have been very hard workers and it all came out in this meet,” head coach Stu Wilson said. “Overall, this is very rewarding.”
In the 200-back, Johnny Hagaman finished seventh for the Yellow Jackets as he finished in 1:49.95. He was almost three seconds faster in the morning’s prelims as he logged a career-best 1:47.17.
The 100-free was next and Tech’s Noah Copeland earned 17 points as he finished second in a NCAA “B” cut time of 43.92. Ironically, it was the same exact time as what he swam during prelims and just .05 off his career-high. Garrett Robberson and Mauricio Sousa finished 13th and 14th, respectively. Robberson touched the wall in 45.27 while Sousa recorded a time of 45.32. They both set career-highs in the prelims as Sousa finished in 45.04 and Robberson touched in 45.19.
Andy Miller earned a fifth place finish in the 200-breast as he shaved 10 seconds off his career-high time and finished in a NCAA “B” cut mark of 1:59.43.
The final individual event of the championship was the 200-fly and Onur Uras set another school record as he finished second in a time of 1:45.76 which was good enough for a NCAA “B” cut. Ralph Long finished 14th in a time of 1:49.54.
The Yellow Jackets closed out the meet by finishing sixth in the 400-free relay. The Tech team of Robberson, Sousa, Travis Wagner and Copeland finished in 2:59.53.