Feb. 27, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Georgia Tech men’s swimming team wrapped up the 2010 ACC Championships today at the Koury Natatorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina, finishing fifth overall. Tech was led on the final night of the Championships by senior Gal Nevo, who won his third event of the Championships, the 200-fly.
Nevo captured the 200-fly after hitting the wall in 1:43.43. The mark was not only a career-best for Nevo, but was an ACC record, along as being a school record. The mark was also an NCAA “B” Cut and the third victory of the Championships for the senior.
The first event of note on the night for the Jackets was the 200-back, as senior Johnny Hagaman placed 16th overall with a time of 1:48.92 in the finals. Fellow senior Ilia Ayzenshtok finished right behind in 17th and in first in the “C” portion of the finals with a time of 1:47.06.
Next in the 100-free, sophomore Nigel Plummer finished 17th overall and first in the “C” portion of the finals with a time of 44.64. Junior Jeffrey Phillips finished right behind Plummer in 18th after hitting the wall in 45.29.
In the 200-breast, sophomore Matthew Vaughan finished ninth overall and first in the “B” portion of the finals after hitting the wall in 1:59.72. The time was a career-best for Vaughan and was good enough for another NCAA “B” Cut. Sophomore John Hermes finished 15th overall in the event with a time of 2:03.69, while junior Sam Bendziewicz rounded out the Tech finishers in the final in 22nd with a mark of 2:07.34.
In the final event of the Championships, the 400-free relay, the Georgia Tech team of Eric Chiu, Plummer, Phillips and Nevo finished fifth overall after hitting the wall in 2:58.97. The time was the last NCAA “B” Cut for the Jackets at the ACC Championships.
The men’s swimming team now looks forward to the NCAA Championships, which will be contested in Columbus, Ohio from March 25th-27th.