Nov. 20, 2005
ATLANTA – Senior All-American Sam Morgan and sophomore Elizabeth Stowe clocked NCAA `B’ standards in the men’s and women’s 1650-yard freestyle with times of 15:28.09 and 16:51.48, respectively, to lead Georgia Tech at the Georgia Tech Swimming and Diving Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
“It was pretty promising to see the team swim as well as they did this weekend,” said head coach Stuart Wilson. “We know where we are right now and have two-and-a-half months to get ready for ACC’s.”
No. 15 Florida State captured the men’s meet with a final tally of 1,278, while Tech finished second (833), Western Kentucky third (711), and Florida Atlantic fourth (565).
The 16th-ranked Seminoles finished first in the women’s meet with a score of 1,076.50, while the Jackets finished second (572), FAU (534.50), Rice (516), WKU (458), Miami (287), Gardner-Webb (284) and New Orleans (66).
The women’s 400 free relay team of Natanya Harper, Mari McLeod, Liz Foster and Vesna Stojanovska clocked a season-best time of 3:31.17 to finish in second place. The men’s 400 free relay team of Teemu Kettunen, Noah Copeland, Brian Huff and Jason Howard finished third with a season-best time of 3:04.35.
Stojanovska posted a pair of top-eight finishes for the Yellow Jackets. The Skopje, Macedonia, native finished third in the women’s 200 butterfly with a season-best time of 2:04.01, and touched the wall with a season-best time of 52.37 in the women’s 100 free to finish in sixth place.
Juniors Ryan Bishop and Alex Williams tallied third- and fourth-place finishes for Tech in the men’s 200 breaststroke with times of 2:05.22 and 2:09.34, respectively. Senior Meghan DeVinney finished fourth in the women’s 200 fly with a season-best time of 2:06.00.
Sophomore Onur Uras posted a fourth-place finish for Tech in the men’s 200 fly with a season-best time of 1:50.73, while redshirt freshman Chris Ewald finished seventh with a season-best time of 1:53.51.
Freshman Caroline Jones and senior Ashley Kracke posted top-eight finishes for the Jackets in the women’s 200 backstroke. Jones swam a time of 2:05.04 to finish fourth, while Kracke clocked a season-best time of 2:05.37 to finish sixth.
Freshman Mauricio Sousa finished sixth in the men’s 200 back with a season-best time of 1:54.00, and Kettunen finished the men’s 100 free in sixth place with a season-best time of 46.37.
In exhibition platform diving, sophomore Stephanie England finished first with a score of 308.35 in the women’s event and sophomore Evan Stowers finished second in the men’s event with a score of 297.50.
The Yellow Jackets will not be in action again until after the New Year when Tech hosts Savannah College on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.