Jan. 31, 2009
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech swimming and diving teams concluded the regular season with a win over Emory on Senior Day Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The men’s team (7-2 overall) won by a 164-121 score, while the women (6-6) were 160-129 winners.
Christine Chuang, Brittany Gobat and Heidi Hatteberg each won two events apiece for the Yellow Jackets who will now focus their attention on the ACC Championships in a couple of weeks. Diver Hannah Krimm recorded a career-high 348.97 points on the three-meter platform, the fourth-best in the ACC this season and just three points shy of a school record. She was also victorious in the one-meter event, finishing with 292.80 points. Jacob Tzegaegbe won the three-meter event on the men’s side, recording a career-high 329.77 points. David Springfels was right behind with a career-best 325.72. The duo also led the way in the one-meter event scoring 308.70 and 300.37 points, respectively.
Georgia Tech began the meet by sweeping both the men’s and women’s 200 medley relay. The men’s team of Johnny Hagaman, Jeremy Jackson, Noah Copeland and Gal Nevo won in a time of 1:32.62, while the women’s team consisting of Heidi Hatteberg, Lisa Pucci, Christine Chuang and Agatha Kwasnik finished first in a time of 1:47.06.
Jing Li won the women’s 1,650-free in a season-high time of 17:24.50, while on the men’s side Zach Tillman (16:01.61) and Michael Vallecoccia (16:11.62) finished first and second for the Yellow Jackets.
In the 200-free, Sarah Broadley led the way with a 1:52.46, while Taylor Flynn finished third in a time of 1:54.52. The Tech men swept the first three places in the 200-free. Travis Wagner led the way in 1:41.35, while Jeffrey Phillips placed second in a career-high time of 1:41.81. Brian Robbins completed the sweep as he touched the wall in 1:43.61.
Hatteberg won the 100-back in a time of 57.37, while Jessie Mason placed third with a career-high mark of 59.14. The men went 1-2-3 again as Robberson (50.65), Tang (51.08) and Hagaman (51.11) set the pace.
The 100-breast saw the Tech women finish 1-2-3 this time as Brittany Gobat (1:05.84), Hen Pauker (1:07.23) and Lisa Pucci (1:07.54) scored for the Yellow Jackets. For the Tech men, Jackson finished first in a time of 57.63, while Andy Miller was .01 seconds behind him in second place.
The Georgia Tech women swept the 200-fly as well. Christine Chuang (2:06.88), Kristen Dornstauder (2:09.48) and Erin O’Donnell (2:09.56) led the way for the sweep, while Ralph Long won the men’s race in a time of 1:52.77. Mauricio Sousa won the 50-free for the Yellow Jackets with a time of 20.53, while teammate Noah Copeland was second in a time of 21.13.
Jeffrey Phillips set a career-high in the 100-free as he won the race in a time of 46.16. In the 200-back, Hatteberg picked up her second win of the day as she touched the wall in 2:04.21. Ryann Kopacka, meanwhile, secured a third-place finish for the jackets (2:07.46). In the men’s 200-back, Way Joe Lee picked up the win in a time of 1:53.34.
The 200-breast saw Gobat notch her second win of the day. She set the pace with a mark of 2:22.98. The men swept the 200-breast with Drew Showalter (2:08.71), Johnnie Hermes (2:09.60) and Miller (2:11.72) leading the way.
Chuang won her second event of the day in the 100-fly. She touched the wall in 56.84, just ahead of teammate Erin O’Donnell who was second in a time of 58.13.
The Yellow Jackets will now set their sights on next month’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in College Park, Md. The women’s championships will be Feb. 18-21, while the men’s championships will take place Feb. 25-28.