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Morgan and Burkhardt Lead Georgia Tech at Men's ACC Championships

Feb. 24, 2005

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ATLANTA – Junior swimmer Sam Morgan and sophomore diver Tony Burkhardt tallied third-place finishes to garner All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors on Thursday night to lead the Georgia Tech men’s swimming and diving team at the ACC Championships in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Tech has totaled 158 points through two days of competition and stands fourth, while Virginia leads with 250 points.

“It was a great session for us tonight,” said head coach Seth Baron. “We had two All-ACC performers in the same session and broke a couple of school records.”

Morgan, a native of Gainesville, Ga., finished with a NCAA `B’ cut time of 4:21.49 in the 500-yard freestyle. Burkhardt, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., posted a NCAA Zone qualifying score of 345.95 on the one-meter springboard to become the third Tech diver to earn all-conference honors in the history of the men’s program.

The men’s 200 free relay team of Teemu Kettunen, Marc Maier, Ryan Riebesell and Jason Howard broke the school record with a NCAA `B’ standard time of 1:20.81 to finish in fifth place.

Sophomore Ryan Bishop tallied a fourth-place finish for Tech in the finals of the 200 individual medley with a lifetime-best time of 1:48.82. The Signal Mountain, Tenn., native’s time was a NCAA `B’ standard.

Kettunen recorded the third top-eight finish for the Yellow Jackets during the evening session with a time of 20.65, finishing eighth. The Jarvenpaa, Finland, native broke the school record in the 50 free during the prelims with a time of 20.49.

Freshman Rob Miller finished 11th in the 500 free with a lifetime-best time of 4:27.11, posting a NCAA `B’ standard time. Senior Matt Figh swam a time of 4:27.14 to finish in 12th place and record a NCAA `B’ standard.

Also competing in the 50 free for the Jackets was Howard and Maier. Howard finished 11th with a time of 20.67, while Maier posted a 22nd-place finish with a time of 21.00.

-GT SWIMMING & DIVING-

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