THE FLATS – It came all the way down to the final relay, but Georgia Tech men’s swimming and diving was unable to topple Notre Dame, falling 132-130 on Saturday afternoon at the McAuley Aquatic Center. The women’s team went 1-1 on the day by defeating Miami 165-93, despite dropping a 200-60 decision to Notre Dame.
The men’s team is now 3-1 overall while the women’s team remains at .500 with a 2-2 record.
“I’m disappointed in the result of the men’s meet, obviously, losing so close and being right there,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “But I love the way the team fought and battled through every event to get to that point, never letting up. That’s why you continue to compete and the team’s energy was high all day cheering each other on. Specifically, for the women’s team, I thought they did a nice job. They competed hard and it’s great to be able to defeat Miami.”
The Yellow Jackets will take a few weeks off before heading to West Lafayette, Indiana, and Purdue for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 10-11.
Georgia Tech began the day much like it did yesterday, winning a tough 200 medley relay to give them great energy. The team of Rodrigo Correia, Caio Pumputis, Christian Ferraro and Corben Miles took first place with a time of 1:28.72.
Pumputis then continued his dominance in the medley events, turning in an NCAA B qualifying time of 3:50.83 in the 400 IM to win out – less than half a second shy of a personal record. Pumputis would capture his second gold medal by besting his previous career best in the 100 IM where he won by more than two seconds with a time of 48.86.
Pumputis finished his second three-gold day of the season by winning the 100 breast event with a 55.40. Finishing third for Tech was Jonathan Yang, who turned in a time of 56.60.
Matt Casillas led the Yellow Jackets with an impressive day on the boards. He won the 1-meter with a score of 307.70, while Jacob Kreider (289.95) and Nolan Mallet (289.450) also finished second and third, respectively. In the 3-meter, Casillas finished second with a score of 339.40 while Kreider came in third with 322.55.
Then in the first sprint action of the day, Miles carried over his success from the relay and won the 50 free with a time of 20.31. Also finishing third was freshman Daniel Lim, who swam a 20.78.
Correia and Ferraro both continued their impressive days when they finished second and third, respectively in the 200 free. Correia turned in a time of 1:37.79 for second, while Ferraro broke his personal record in the event with a 1:39.41 for third. Ferraro concluded his individual day with a second-place finish in the 100 fly, turning in a time of 48.81.
Lim was then able to score in the 100 free with a second-place time of 44.64 before Correia got another top-three finish with a third-place 44.72.
Freshman Kyle Barone continued his strong inaugural start for Tech, finishing second in the 100 back. Joonas Koski was also able to finish third in the 1650 free when he swam a 16:14.60.
It all came down to the final event of the day, however, in the 400 free relay. To win, Georgia Tech needed both a first and second finish. The squad of Lim, Albert Zhi, Austin Daniel and Aidan Pastel took care of part one by winning the knock-down-drag-out race with a time of 2:59.96.
The second-place was dramatically up for grabs as both lanes went back and forth, but unfortunately, Tech’s squad of Correia, Ferraro, Miles and Clay Hering, who dropped to third place by 0.76 seconds at 3:00.91.
Iris Wang hit her stride early when she won the 200 free with a time of 1:49.47. Wang was then able to finish second in the 100 free with a time of 50.78, before Celine Nugent finished fifth (52.55).
Freshman Morgan Johnson started the day off strong for the Yellow Jackets when she placed second in the 1650 free with a time of 17:17.93. Right behind her was Camille Long, who swam a 17:19.23.
Finishing second and third, respectively, for the Jackets in the 100 back was Allie Paschal (55.84) and Sara Gilbert (57.10). They were followed closely by teammate Grace Mauldin, who finished with a time of 57.75 (fifth).
Emily Ilgenfritz then kicked hard to a third-place finish in the 500 free.
In the 400 IM, Kristen Hepler and Catriona MacGregor finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Hepler turned in a time of 3:29.43, while MacGregor swam a 4:34.91. Then Chloe Miller finished fifth in the 100 fly with a 56.53, before MacGregor was able to take fifth-place in the 100 IM with a time of 58.68.
Camryn Hidalgo led the women’s diving effort, finishing fifth in the 1-meter with a score of 255.25. Carly Doi was just behind her with a sixth-place score of 254.20. Hidalgo then finished fourth in the 3-meter with a score of 284.05.
In the final event of the day, the 400 free relay, Georgia Tech finished third as the team of Wang, Nugent, Ilgenfritz and Gilbert fought to a 3:28.13 time.
* Sophomore Christian Ferraro set a new career-best time in the men’s 200 free when he swam a 1:39.41 for third place.
* Sophomore Caio Pumputis turned an NCAA B qualifying time of 3:50.83 in the men’s 400 IM.
* Pumputis also set a new career best in the men’s 100 IM when he turned in a time of 48.65 for first place.
* Sophomore Jonathan Vater tied his career-best effort in the men’s 100 fly when he recorded a 53.03.
* Senior Lila Best recorded a new personal record in the women’s 100 fly when she swam a 58.44.
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