Nov. 15, 2008
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Swimming and Diving teams had eight individual winners as it fared well at the Parent’s Weekend Meet Saturday afternoon at the GT Aquatic Center. The men’s team defeated New Orleans (229.00-45.00) and Western Kentucky (161.00-138.00), while the women beat Georgia Southern (185.00-65.00) and New Orleans (185.00-53.00). They were beaten by Miami (124.00-147.00) and Western Kentucky (121.00-158.00).
Gal Nevo led the way as he won two events for the Yellow Jackets. Ilia Ayzenshtok, Mickey Malul, Noah Copeland, Mauricio Sousa and Travis Wagner also won events for the men’s team, while Heidi Hatteberg was victorious for the women.
In diving, Hannah Krimm finished second in on the three-meter board with 297.45 points, as well as third in the one-meter event (265.45). Michele Bertolino was fourth in both events with 283.60 and 258.90 points, respectively. On the men’s side, Jacob Tzegaegbe was second three-meter (280.95), while David Springfels was second (242.85) in the one-meter. Tzegaegbe was third as well with 239.20 points.
The meet started with both Tech teams faring well in the 200-medley relay. On the women’s side, the team of Jessie Mason, Lisa Pucci, Erin O’Donnell and Agatha Kwasnik finished second (1:45.75), while Ryann Kopacka, Hen Pauker, Christine Chuang and Keren Siebner were third (1:47.60). The men placed first and second with Ilia Ayzenshtok, Mickey Malul, Travis Wagner and Mauricio Sousa taking home first place (1:30.49). Way Joe Lee, Jeremy Jackson Sullivan Lynch and Garrett Robberson placed second in a time of 1:32.26.
The 1,000-free saw Jing Li (10:23.70) and Katie Bond (10:33.29) finished one and two for the women and Zach Tillman (9:53.80) placed third on the men’s side. In the 200-free, Kwasnik (1:52.63) placed third for the women, while Noah Copeland (1:40.45) won the men’s race. Heidi Hatteberg (57.22) and Kopacka (58.10) placed second and third, respectively, for the women in the 100-back, while Tech swept the men’s side of the event. Ayzenshtok was first (50.41) followed by teammates Johnny Hagaman (51.31) and Way Joe Lee (51.68).
Malul picked up another win for the Yellow Jackets in the 100-breast as he touched the wall in a time of 56.04. In the 200-fly, Gal Nevo continued his impressive swimming by picking up a win in 1:51.50. On the women’s side, Jordan Evans finished third as she touched the wall in 2:06.49.
The Tech men completed its second sweep of the day with a 1-2-3 finish in the 50-free. Sousa placed first (20.60), followed by Nigel Plummer (20.91) and Robberson (20.92). For the women, Siebner was third as she clocked in at 24.34.
Tech earned a second-place finish in the 100-free on both sides. Kwasnik missed out of first place by .01 seconds (52.03) to Miami’s Annika Saarnak, while Robberson touched the wall in 45.85 for the men. Copeland also finished third (46.02).
Hatteberg secured the women’s first win of the day as she finished the 200-back in 2:05.84. Kopacka was also third in the event, finishing in 2:06.79. On the men’s side, Ayzenshtok gave the Jackets a third-place finish as he clocked in at 1:53.23.
Nevo won his second event of the day with a victory in the 200-breast. He finished in 2:06.25, while Matthew Vaughan was third in a time of 2:08.78. In the 100-fly, Travis Wagner was victorious in a time of 50.41. Matt Tang placed third (51.67) as well.
The final event was the 200-free relay and Tech closed out the meet in style. The women placed first and third as Kwasnik, Siebner, Mason and Sarah Schoeff were tops with a mark of 1:36.40. Meanwhile, the team of Flynn, Hatteberg, Chuang and Pucci finished third in a time of 1:38.08. On the men’s side, the Jackets also secured first and third place finishes. Sousa, Malul, Lynch and Robberson won in a time of 1:21.94 to take first place, while Ayzenshtok, Copeland, Hagaman and Plummer were third.
This marked the last competition for the entire team of the fall semester. The Tech divers will host the Georgia Tech Diving Invitational from Nov. 21-22, while selected student-athletes will participate in the U.S. Short Course Nationals, Dec. 4-7. Both of those events will take place at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Check www.ramblinwreck.com for updates and complete recaps each day.
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