Jan. 24, 2009
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Georgia Tech swimming & diving teams downed UNC-Wilmington, but fell to Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon at the War Memorial Pool. The men’s team (6-2, 2-2 ACC) downed UNC-Wilmington 197-100, but dropped a 169-131 decision to the Hokies. The women’s squad (5-6, 0-5) beat UNC-Wilmington 198-102, but fell to Virginia Tech 218-82.
The Jackets set three War Memorial Pool records on the day. Hannah Krimm, who won both diving events, set a record in the three-meter with 327.95 points. She also won the one-meter event with a score of 296.75. The men’s 200-medley relay team of Ilia Ayzenshtok, Travis Wagner, Mickey Malul and Mauricio Sousa had a pool record with their time of 1:30.47. Malul also set a pool record with his 55.34 in the 100-breast.
Noah Copeland won two events for the Yellow Jackets as he placed first in both the 200-free (1:40.10) and 100-free (45.06). Sousa, Matthew Vaughan and Gal Nevo were also individual winners for the Yellow Jacket men’s team. Sousa won the 50-free (20.39), Vaughan won the 200-breast (2:06.00) and Nevo led the way in the 200-IM (1:51.76).
Michele Bertolino was right behind Krimm in one-meter diving event as she placed third with 264.35 points. Heidi Hatteberg had a solid day for the Jackets as she was second in the 200-back (2:04.19) and third in the 100-back (57.77). Christine Chuang was second in both the 200-fly (2:04.69) and 100-fly (56.83), while Agatha Kwasnik finished second in the 100-free with a time of 51.90. Right behind Chuang in the 100-fly was Erin O’Donnell. She placed third, touching the wall in 57.44.
Both Tech 400-free relay teams came in second place. The women’s squad consisting of Keren Siebner, Sarah Broadley, Taylor Flynn and Kwasnik finished the race in 3:30.96. For the men, Garrett Robberson, Johnny Hagaman, Sousa and Malul touched the wall in 3:04.11.
In the 100-back, Hagaman was second (51.14), while teammate Ayzenshtok finished third in 51.17. Ayzenshtok also recorded a second-place finish in the 200-back (1:50.99). Robberson recorded a pair of third-place finishes in both the 50-free (20.52) and 100-free (45.71), while Nigel Plummer placed second in the 50-free (20.45) as the Jacket men went 1-2-3 in the event. Nevo was second in the 200-breast (2:06.13), while Vaughan (third-57.02) and Wagner (second-49.70) had good swims in the 100-breast and 100-fly, respectively.
The Yellow Jackets will host Emory next Saturday, Jan. 31, in the final regular season meet before next month’s ACC Championships. The meet at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center is scheduled to begin at Noon and the team will honor its seniors in a ceremony shortly before Noon. Live stats will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.