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Strong Start Propels Jackets to Impressive Victories

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THE FLATS – Georgia Tech swimming and diving had an impressive opening day in their first home weekend of the season. The Yellow Jackets in total were able to grab three team victories and 15 first-place finishes over the course of the day.

The women’s team improved to 3-1 on the season, downing Florida Gulf Coast, 159-84, and also defeating SCAD, 206-30. The men’s team toppled their lone opponent on the day, SCAD, 199-38, to improve to 3-0 overall.

The Yellow Jackets lead Miami after Day 1 of their two-day meet as the women take a 158-83 advantage into Saturday.

“I’m really happy with how we performed today. We got off to a great start in the 400 medley relay and that set the tone for the rest of the day,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “Tomorrow is going to be tough as we battle Miami again and add a strong Notre Dame team to the mix, but that’s what you want. You want to compete against the best and see what you’ve got and hopefully it’ll pay off for us long-term.”

Tech will return to the pool on Saturday, Oct. 20 to continue its battle with ACC foe Miami, while also welcoming another conference opponent in Notre Dame to McAuley Aquatic Center. The action begins at 11 a.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.

Men’s Highlights

The Yellow Jackets took the first event of the day by storm as they finished first and second in the 400 medley relay. Finishing first with a time of 3:20.27 was Rodrigo Correia, Caio Pumputis, Christian Ferraro and Daniel Lim, while the squad of Kyle Barone, Jonathan Yang, Tim Slanschek and Austin Daniel finished second with a 3:24.92.

Tech then took the top four spots in the 1000 free, led by Brennan Day (9:33.73) in first, who was then followed by Cale Russell (9:42.79), Daniel Jacobs (9:57.46) and a career-best effort by Aidan Brook (10:02.30).

In the 100 free, Jeffrey Murray split 21.98/24.38 to finish first with a 46.36, while Tyler Branscombe (47.19) edged out Daniel Jacobs (48.39) for third place.

Joonas Koski then shattered his personal-best time in the 200 free, finishing first with a time of 1:42.96. Shortly behind Koski was Colt Williamson who finished third with a time of 1:43.18.

For diving, Georgia Tech was led by Matt Casillas and Jacob Kreider, who finished second and third, respectively, in both the 1-meter and 3-meter. Casillas finished with a 339.40 score in the 3-meter, while totaling 307.70 in the 1-meter. Kreider finished with 322.55 in the 3-meter before taking third in the 1-meter with a score of 289.95.

The Yellow Jackets then took the top three spots in the 50 free. Freshman Daniel Lim took first place at just above 20 seconds (20.89) before Albert Zhi finished second with a time of 21.13, edging out Aidan Pastel who finished third (21.51).

In the 200 IM, Pumputis led the field the entire way with a six-second lead to capture a 1:47.69 first-place finish before Tanner Doan took second place with a time of 1:53.73.

Junior Clay Hering also led the field with a sizable four-second lead in the 200 fly, turning in a time of 1:49.74, while Joseph Portillo kicked to a third-place 1:53.72. Hering also was able to grab a first-place finish in the 500 free, downing teammate Clark Wakeland in a head-to-head battle with a time of 4:40.81. Wakeland swam a 4:41.27 while freshman Cale Russell turned in a personal-best 4:44.32 for fourth.

Correia then had a great 27.49/27.34 split over the last 100 of the 200 back to take first place by almost five seconds (1:46.88), before freshman Barone touched the wall behind him. Koski rounded out the all-Jackets top three with a 1:53.15.

The Jackets then dominated the 200 breast by taking the top five spots. Ferraro won the race with a 2:02.52 before Jonathan Yang finished second at 2:06.68, edging out closely Portillo at 2:06.91.

The Yellow Jackets finished like they started, getting the win in the 200 free relay and taking the top two spots. In first was the squad of Correia, Lim, Ferraro and Albert Zhi with a time of 1:22.94 while the squad of Pumputis, Austin Daniel, Pastel and Murray finished second at 1:23.83.

Women’s Highlights

Georgia Tech started the day off with a bang, winning the first event of the day in the 400 medley relay. The squad of Allie Paschal, Florina Ilie, Chloe Miller and Celine Nugent took first place with a time of 3:48.72.

The Jackets then swept the top three spots in the 1000 free. Emily Ilgenfritz took the top spot, swimming just shy of a personal best of 10:03.87. Morgan Johnson finished second overall with a time of 10:18.13 before Camille Long turned in a career-fast time of 10:19.04 to finish third.

Ilgenfritz then led a 2-through-5 finish for Tech in the 200 fly. She turned in a time of 2:04.38 to finish in second place while Miller finished third with 2:05.43. Lila Best finished fourth behind them with a time of 2:05.57 with Laura Branton rounding out the top five with a 2:07.16.

Iris Wang once again impressed in the 100 free, winning with a 50.87 before she finished second in the 50 free with a time of 23.73. Then in the 200 back, Allie Paschal led a strong group of Jackets by finishing second with a time of 2:01.27 before Caroline Lee finished third with a 2:04.10.

Yellow Jacket divers were led by Camryn Hidalgo and Carly Doi as they finished second and third, respectively in the 1-meter. Hidalgo edged her teammate for second with a final score of 255.25, while junior Doi totaled a score of 254.20. Hidalgo went on to also capture a second-place finish in the 3-meter event, finishing with a final score of 284.05.

After the diving break, Tech then dominated the 500 free taking the top four spots. Camille Long won with a 5:01.90 before Lindsay Wallace finished second with a 5:03.96. Johnson took home third place by kicking to a time of 5:04.56 while Maddie Hadd improved on her week-one time by finishing fourth with a 5:08.15.

Junior Kristen Hepler rounded out Georgia Tech’s first-place finishers for the day by grabbing the gold medal finish in the 200 breast, turning in a time of 2:19.19.

Also capturing a second-place finish was Catriona MacGregor in the 200 IM, where she turned in a time of 2:05.65. Lila Best then had a fine effort in the 200 free, turning in a third-place time of 1:53.41.

In the final event of the day, the women finished second in the 200 free relay as the team of Wang, MacGregor, Ilgenfritz and Sara Gilbert raced to a 1:35.38.

Tech Tidbits

* Sophomore Camille Long turned in a personal-best time of 10:19.04 to finish third in the women’s 1000 free.

* Sophomore Aidan Brook recorded a personal-best time in the men’s 1000 free with a 10:02.30.

* Junior Joonas Koski kicked to a personal-best first-place finish in the 200 free with a 1:42.96 – almost four full seconds faster than his previous high.

* Freshman Nicole Williams turned in a personal-best effort in the women’s 200 IM, recording a time of 2:08.16.

* Junior Brennan Day finished fourth in the men’s 200 fly with a personal-best time of 1:54.44.

* Freshman Jamie Williams improved upon her previous best by nearly two full seconds in the women’s 200 back, turning in a 2:07.15.

* Freshman Maddie Hadd also improved on her earlier meet in the women’s 500 free, recording a time of 5:08.15.

* Freshman Cale Russell set a new personal record in the men’s 500 free when he swam a 4:44.32.

* Freshman Nicole Williams improved upon her previous PR in the women’s 200 breast, turning in a time of 2:21.45 for fifth.

* Freshman Kelsey Dekshenieks upped her previous season-best in the 1-meter diving event, scoring 216.70 to finish fourth overall.

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