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Swimming & Diving Heads To Georgia Tuesday

Oct. 14, 2013

THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech swimming & diving team is back in action Tuesday afternoon, traveling to Georgia for a 4 p.m. meet versus the Bulldogs at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens.

Live scoring for the meet will be available at RamblinWreck.com, by clicking here.

Tech, which opened the men’s and women’s seasons with a pair of convincing victories over Limestone on Sept. 28 in Atlanta, begins a crucial stretch of meets as it follows the UGA showdown by battling a pair of ACC teams (Florida State and NC State) in Tallahassee on Oct. 25.

Georgia’s men’s and women’s teams are each 2-0 with wins over Kentucky and Wisconsin.

“We’ll know a lot more about our team after this stretch,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart, a former All-American swimmer at UGA. “I know our team is excited and we’re looking forward to getting back at it Tuesday at Georgia. It will be a very good test for us. Our men went toe-to-toe with them last year here in Atlanta and it was a fun meet to watch, and I know our women are looking forward to competing the defending national champions. We need to bring that same intensity to Athens tomorrow.”

The Yellow Jacket men led 85-81 through 19 events in last season’s meet versus the Bulldogs, before UGA pulled away late for a 161-133 victory. Junior Nico van Duijn won both the 100 and 200 fly in last year’s meet, and teamed with Andrew Kosic, Nicholas Colletti and Matthew Vaughan to win the 200 medley relay.

Former diver Brandon Makinson also enjoyed a big meet last season versus the Dawgs, winning both the 1m and 3m springboard events and shattering his own school record on the 3m board in the process.

With the graduation of Makinson and Chris Khosravi, Tech’s corps of male divers are all rookies who get their first taste of collegiate action on Tuesday. Diving was not contested when Tech opened the season by beating Limestone in late September.

On the women’s side, sophomore Erika Staskevicius picked up three victories for the Jackets in the season-opening win over Limestone, winning the 50 and 100 free and swimming on the 200 free relay. Senior Hailey White won both the 200 and 500 free events.

Senior diver Ashley Hardy won the 1m competition in last season’s meet versus Georgia.

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