Dec. 21, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Georgia Tech women won the first six events, the men won the first five and the Yellow Jacket swimming & diving teams cruised to victories over Florida Atlantic and Marywood on Saturday afternoon in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Tech men defeated FAU 171-70 and downed Marywood 192-46. The women posted a 181-62 win over FAU and a 206-33 victory over Marywood.
Freshman Xanna Tracey helped the women’s 400 medley relay to victory and also won the 50 free for the Yellow Jackets, who opened up an early advantage en route to the team victories.
Tracey, Darelle Cowley, Kate Brandus and Chiara Ruiu took home the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:55.15, while Tracey (25.41) led a trio of Jackets that went 1-2-3 in the 50 free along with Katherine Kerman (25.50) and Elise Breaux (25.69).
Kate Woolbright won both distance events for the Jackets, taking the 1,000 free in a time of 10:25.88 and touching first in the 500 free in 5:04.93.
On the boards, Shannon Lumbra scored 312.70 points and won the 1-meter competition, followed by teammates Ashley Hardy (303.60) in second and Andrea Demick (266.20) in third. In the 3-meter event, Hardy (338.45), Lumbra (323.65) and Madison Young (263.05) went 1-2-3.
Tech swept top four spots in 400 IM on the women’s side, led by Frederique Lefebvre (4:36.99), while Staskevicius (52.73) and Ruiu (52.84) went 1-2 in the 100 free. Efrat Rotsztjen (2:24.61), Cowley (2:24.70) and Catherine Richards (2:26.08) swept the top three spots in 200 breast.
On the men’s side, junior Andrew Kosic won both the 50 free and 100 free, while helping the 400 medley relay to victory. Kosic was clocked in 21.03 in winning the 50, 45.71 in the 100 and teamed with Mark Sarman, Nico van Duijn and Taylor Wilson in the 400 medley relay 3:26.72.
Rookie Benjamin Southern had a big afternoon by taking both the 200 free (1:44.27) and leading a top-three sweep by the Jackets in the 200 fly (1:50.61). Sarman won the 400 IM (4:08.61) as Tech claimed the top four places in that event.
Both distance events went the Jackets way with Yuval Safra winning the 1,000 free in 9:37.89 and Elliott Brockelbank, who finished second in the 1,000 (9:44.85), claiming the 500 free in 4:39.75 with Safra in second (4:40.95).
Wilson Wei (1:53.67) led a top-four sweep for the men in the 200 back.
On the boards, freshman Omar Eteiba won the men’s 3-meter springboard with a score of 350.55 points.
The Yellow Jackets return to action January 4 by hosting the University of Louisville in Atlanta.