Oct. 10, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Georgia Tech Swimming & Diving teams split a dual meet with Clemson Friday evening in both squads’ Atlantic Coast Conference Openers. The men’s team (2-0, 1-0 ACC) won by a score of 172-126, while the women (2-1, 0-1) lost 187-110.
“This was a great performance tonight against a very strong Clemson team,” said head coach Stu Wilson. “I was proud of the women’s team for hanging in there. Dual meets are an opportunity to work on things and I saw some great individual swims tonight. They showed a lot of mental toughness as we work towards ACC’s. There were some bright spots, but there are still plenty of things we need to work on.”
Senior Noah Copeland and junior Gal Nevo won two events apiece for the Yellow Jackets, while junior Hannah Krimm swept both diving events for the second time in as many weeks. Copeland was victorious in both the 200-free (1:41.61) and 100-free (46.50), while Nevo won the 200-fly (1:53.26) and 200-IM (1:54.77). Krimm scored 268.20 points on the one-meter board and 273.68 points on the three-meter board.
“Getting Gal [Nevo] back was a huge lift on the men’s side,” added Wilson. Gal, Mauricio [Sousa] and Noah [Copeland] led the way tonight as there were a lot of exceptional swims. Watching Noah battle back on that final leg of the 400-free relay was something special. I think there are a lot of positives we can build on from this meet and will continue towards our goals at the ACC Championships.”
Mickey Malul won the 100-breast in a time of 56.37, while Mauricio Sousa placed first in the 50-free with a mark of 21.15. Matthew Vaughan was victorious in the 200-breast with a time of 2:08.38 and rounding out the men’s side winners was Travis Wagner in the 100-fly. He touched the wall in 50.95.
Jacob Tzegaegbe took home the victory on the three-meter spring board with 278.48 points.
The men’s 400-free relay team of Sousa, Garrett Robberson, Wagner and Copeland closed out the night with a win. The Jackets were trailing for most of the race, but Copeland was able to chase down Clemson’s Trey Charlton for the win.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 18, for an ACC meet at Florida State. Action gets underway at 11:00 a.m.