ATLANTA – David Laitala has been selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team by the ACC coaches. The sophomore from Richardson, Texas led Tech to a 5-6 record this season swimming the 100-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, and the 200 individual medley. His top times for the season were 46.07, 48.45, 1:48.94, and 1:49.79 respectively for his four events, all of which were set at the ACC Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C.. Laitala led the Jackets to a sixth place finish at the ACC meet while finishing second in the 100 butterfly with a new Georgia Tech record time of 48.45, just .04 seconds behind Jared Felker of Virginia. His time led to his selection to the All-ACC team, the first Yellow Jacket to have that honor since 1989.
“I think this is an indication of the steps taken in rebuilding the Georgia Tech program,” said head coach Seth Baron, who has completed his third season at Tech. “We are extremely proud of David, and hopefully this will be the first of many All-ACC selections in the years to come.”
Laitala holds school records in the 100 backstroke (50.40), the 100 butterfly (48.45), and the 200 individual medley (1:49.79). He is also a Dean’s List in Mechanical Engineering student and a member of the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll.