Feb. 19, 2005
ATLANTA – Sophomore Vesna Stojanovska became the first women’s swimmer to win an Atlantic Coast Conference title with a school record NCAA `B’ cut time of 1:59.27 in the 200-yard butterfly to lead the Georgia Tech women’s swimming and diving team at the ACC Championships on Saturday night in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Tech finished in sixth place with a final point tally of 286.5, the most ever by a Tech squad. Maryland won its first ACC swimming crown with a score of 655.
“We’re extremely excited about the way we finished the ACC Championships with two All-ACC honorees and our first ACC champion,” said head coach Seth Baron. “We broke several school records throughout the meet and we feel that this young program is moving in the right direction. It looks like we could possibly have two athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time since the inception of the program.”
Stojanovska earned All-ACC honors for the second straight night, finishing second in the 200 freestyle with a school record time of 1:47.67 on Friday night.
Freshman Elizabeth Stowe broke her own school record in the 1650-yard freestyle with a NCAA `B’ cut time of 16:28.08 to earn All-ACC honors. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native also set a new school record in the 1000 free with a split time of 10:00.90 during the mile race.
Junior Ashley Kracke tallied a sixth-place finish in the finals of the 200 backstroke with a NCAA `B’ standard time of 2:00.72. The Tech 400 free relay team of Natanya Harper, Liz Foster, Moeko Wallis and Stojanovska set a new school record with a time of 3:26.47 to finish in sixth place.
Freshman Alison Walker swam a season-best time of 2:20.77 in the consolation finals of the 200 breaststroke to lead the Jackets in that event. Freshman Katie McGraw placed 20th in the event with a time of 2:25.58.
In the 200 fly, senior Lisa Hancock out touched teammate junior Meghan DeVinney in the bonus finals to win the heat and finish in 17th place with a season-best time of 2:04.55, while DeVinney finished with a time of 2:04.56. Senior Jill Vukmanic swam a lifetime-best time of 2:06.13 in the 200 fly to finish 21st, while freshman Amanda Gannon posted a time of 2:08.29 to finish in 24th place.
The Men’s ACC Championships will be hosted by Georgia Tech in the Aquatic Center, Feb. 23-26. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.
1. Maryland 6552. Virginia 590.53. North Carolina 4914. Florida State 4335. Virginia Tech 357.56. Georgia Tech 286.57. Clemson 2198. NC State 194.59. Duke 18010. Miami 176
-GT SWIMMING & DIVING-