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Tech Downs Maryland In Men's Swimming & Diving; Women Fall To No. 21 Terrapins

Nov. 8, 2003


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Freshmen Vesna Stojanovska (Skopje, Macedonia) and Ryan Bishop (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) led the Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams this afternoon as the teams split an Atlantic Coast Conference meet against Maryland in the Campus Recreation Center Natatorium. Bishop won the 200-yard individual medley (1:53.87) and 200 breaststroke (2:05.17) to guide the Yellow Jackets (2-1, 2-1 ACC) to a 133-107 ACC win over the Terps (3-4, 1-3 ACC). Stojanovska broke two school records in the 500 (4:54.88) and 1000 freestyle (10:15.24) events as the 21st-ranked Terrapins (7-0, 4-0 ACC) defeated the Jackets (1-2, 1-2 ACC) 147-94.

“I was pleased with both teams efforts this afternoon,” said head coach Seth Baron. “The women ran into another top 25 opponent and competed well. The men swam some different events and did a nice job in events that they are not used to swimming. Overall, this weekend was a good one and now we have to get ready for some more tough opponents (Purdue, Florida Atlantic) next weekend in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.”

Picking up wins on the men’s side for Tech were seniors Eduardo Oliver (Jacksonville, Fla.), Itai Eden (Qiryat-Ono, Israel), Paul McCarty (Ypsilanti, Mich.), sophomores Jason Howard (Snellville, Ga.) and Sam Morgan (Gainesville, Ga.) and freshman Tony Burkhardt (Phoenix, Ariz.).

Oliver won the 1000 free with a time of 9:27.57 and finished second in the 500 free with a time of 4:38.49. Eden captured the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:54.93 and McCarty won the one-meter board with a score of 279.23. Howard cruised to a victory in the 200 free (1:42.26), while Morgan won the 500 free (4:34.68) and Burkhardt won the three-meter diving event (288.15).

On the women’s side, sophomores Meghan DeVinney (Avondale, Ariz.) and Laurissa Prystaj (Fairport, N.Y.) picked up wins for the Jackets, along with Stojanovska. DeVinney swam a time of 2:06.29 in the fly to win the event, while Prystaj scored 269.40 points on the three-meter board to win that event for the third straight time this season. Stojanovska won the 200 free (1:51.10) and the 500 free.

Georgia Tech will return to the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center for a non-conference dual with Purdue and Florida Atlantic on Nov. 14 and 15. The meet is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.


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