Swimming and Diving Rolls Past Davidson 135-88


ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s swimming and diving team continued its strong season by posting its third dual-meet win of the year by claiming a 135-88 victory over Davidson (0-5) on Saturday afternoon.

The Yellow Jackets (3-1) won eight of the meet’s 11 swimming events and captured both diving competitions to claim the win in the meet. A pair of swimmers, Jorge Oliver and Ricky Rauch, each won three events to lead Tech. Oliver opened the meet by leading the Jackets’ 400 medley relay team to a win as he joined freshmen Chris Biedrzycki and Brendan Forbes, along with senior James Nozar in that race. Oliver was later victorious in the 100 backstroke and concluded the meet by teaming with Itai Eden, Biedrzycki and Ricky Rauch to lead the Jackets to a win in the 400 free relay.

Rauch was the second Tech swimmer to win three events in the meet, as he was part of the 400 free relay team, and also claimed wins in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events.

Tech had two swimmers claim wins in two events in the meet, as freshman Itai Eden won as part of the 400 freestyle relay team, and also was the winner of the 500 free earlier in the day. Joining Eden with two event wins was Nozar, who was part of the 400-yard medley relay and also won the 50-yard freestyle event earlier in the meet.

Senior Dustin Thorn was the third Yellow Jacket to win multiple events, as he was victorious in both the one- and three-meter diving competitions.

The Jackets’ final event winner in the meet was rookie Eddy Oliver, who kept Tech’s unbeaten streak this season in the 1,000-yard freestyle event alive with his victory against the Wildcats. In Tech’s four dual meets this season, a Yellow Jacket has won the 1,000 free in each meet, with sophomore Shilo Ayalon winning in the previous three meets.

Georgia Tech head coach Seth Baron was pleased with the win over Davidson.

“It was a good win for us,” said Baron. “I felt that we swam a good meet, we didn’t win every event, but we did all that we had to in order to win and I was pleased with the team’s effort today. Now we will move on and look forward to getting back into Atlantic Coast Conference competition against Clemson in two weeks.”

The Yellow Jackets will take next weekend off before returning to action on November 17, when they travel to Clemson for an ACC showdown with the Tigers.