Jan. 26, 2008
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams cruised past Emory and Vanderbilt to conclude the regular season today. The men defeated Emory 182-91 while the women scored a 193-88 win over Vanderbilt and a 167-78 win against Emory. Senior diver Stephanie England broke the school record in the one-meter diving event by scoring 306.75 points.
Tech began the meet by sweeping both the men’s and women’s 200-yard medley relay. The women’s team of Ryann Kopacka, Lisa Pucci, Christine Chuang and Agatha Kwasnik won in a time of 1:48.21 while the men’s squad of Matt Tang, Mickey Malul, Noah Copeland and Mauricio Sousa touched the wall in 1:32.24. The women’s 1000-yard free saw Tech teammates Elizabeth Stowe (10:10.18) and Katie Bond (10:22.20) finish first and second, respectively.
Tech got another 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle as Jing Li won the event in 1:54.95 followed by teammate Taylor Flynn who touched the wall in 1:55.73. On the men’s side, the Yellow Jackets completed a sweep of all three places with Travis Wagner (1:42.37), Matt Tang (1:44.40) and Onur Uras (1:45.36) comprising the top three spots.
Kopacka gave the Jackets another win as she was victorious in the 100-yard back (58.72), while the men’s event saw another 1-2-3 sweep with Johnny Hagaman (51.41), Way Joe Lee (52.18) and Kyle Diedrich (53.48) having the honors.
Thea Kromer picked up a win in the 100-yard breaststroke as she touched the wall in 1:09.07 while Any Miller was victorious on the men’s side in a time of 58.96. Chuang gave the Jackets a win in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.35) as they began to pull away in the meet. The men were also increasing their lead after Ralph Long was victorious in the 200-yard fly (1:53.77).
In the 50-yard freestyle, the Tech men pulled off another sweep with Sousa (20.69), Jacob Kwasnik (20.96) and Copeland (21.06) setting the pace at 1-2-3, respectively. Agatha Kwasnik won the 100-free in a time of 51.56 while the men swept the event as Sousa (47.00), Kwasnik (47.24) and Garrett Robberson (47.35) placed.
Tech also picked up wins in the women’s 200-back (Katie Bond-2:06.96), men’s 200-back (Kyle Diedrich-1:53.42), women’s 200-breast (Hen Parker-2:26.11), men’s 200 breast (Andy Miller-2:10.73), women’s 500-free (Elizabeth Stowe-5:01.54), men’s 500-yard free (Noah Copeland-4:39.93), women’s 100-fly (Christine Chuang-57.71) and the men’s 100-fly (Travis Wagner-50.76).
Hannah Krimm won the women’s three-meter diving event with 318.89 points while Michael Bennett scored the highest on the men’s three-meter springboard with 326.40 points. In the one-meter event, Stephanie England won the women’s event (306.75) while Peter Doblar paced the men (301.42).
The Yellow Jackets will now focus their attention to next month’s ACC Championships. Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving events will be at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center and free of charge for fans. The women’s swimming as well as both diving championships will be Feb. 20-23 while the men’s swimming championships are set for Feb. 27-March 1. Preliminaries are set for 11:00 a.m. except for the first day of each event while the finals will take place each night at 7:00 p.m. Fans unable to make it out for the championships can follow live online with video via ACC Select and live stats.