ATLANTA (Oct. 30) – Georgia Tech’s men’s swimming & diving team took nine first-place wins on its way to scoring victories over Davidson and Emory Saturday at Emory’s Woodruff Center Natatorium. The Yellow Jackets avenged a loss from last year by downing Davidson 151-76, and stopped Emory 171-66 to move their record on the year to 3-2 overall.
Tech freshmen had victories in the first three individual events, as James Salazar (Huntsville, Ala.) won the 100 freestyle in 9:43.64, Shilo Ayalon (Kfar Hanassi, Israel) won the 200 freestyle in 1:44.39 and Ross Dye (Marietta, Ga.) captured the 50 freestyle in 22.15 seconds. Salazar also won the 200 backstroke in 1:54.00, while Ayalon won the 500 freestyle in 4:39.14 to pace the Jackets to the wins.
“I am very happy with our victories today,” said head coach Seth Baron, currently in his third year at Georgia Tech. “Although we have room for improvement and need to start concenetrating on executing proper technique and eliminate poor mistakes. Both Davidson and Emory are very well coached and should do well in their respective conferences. These were solid victories for us to build upon.”
Sophomore Charles Gersbach (Tabernacle, N.J.) won the 200 butterfly in 1:55.33 and sophomore David Laitala followed in the next event with a victory in the 100 freestyle in 47.54 seconds. Freshman diver Ben Danneman (Tucker, Ga.) won his first collegiate event by capturing the 3-meter diving with 209.50 points. The Jackets ended the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:12.49. Tech next hosts the College of Charleston (S.C.) Friday at Emory in a dual-meet beginning at 7 p.m.
Georgia Tech 151, Davidson 76
Georgia Tech 171, Emory 66
Emory 118, Davidson 116