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Tech Freshmen Lead 10 Swimmers to Finals on Day 1

Day 1 Results

AUBURN, Ala. – Georgia Tech swimming wrapped up the first day of the Auburn Invite with a busy finals session on Friday evening at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.

The Yellow Jackets sent 10 swimmers to the finals – three for the women’s team and seven for the men’s team.

The women’s team logged three top-15 finishes on the day. Grace Mauldin led the way by swimming a career-best 50 free, finishing in a time of 23.84 – her first sub-24 time. Julia Shuford also finished 15th overall, turning in a season-best 2:10.13 in the 200 IM. Freshman Macleary Moran then placed 14th in the 500 free with a time of 5:08.37.

The men’s team was able to grab two top-10 finishes on the day and five top-15 overall. Gabe Munoz led Georgia Tech individually, as he swam a career-best 1:47.73 to place third in the 200 IM finals. Then in the 50 free, Aidan Pastel led the way with a season-best ninth-place time of 20.53, while Tyler Branscombe also swam a personal-best 21.15 to finish 13th. Albert Zhi (21.20) and Jonathan Vater (21.32) both turned in the second-fastest 50 free times of their seasons, finishing 14th and 16th respectively.

The Yellow Jackets are scheduled to continue on Saturday with prelims at 10:30 a.m. ET and finals at 5 p.m. ET. Sunday’s action begins at 10:30 a.m. ET, with finals starting at 3 p.m.

Tech Tidbits
* Sophomore Grace Mauldin swam a career-best time of 23.84 in the women’s 50 free.
* Freshman Gabe Munoz turned in a personal-best time of 1:47.73 in the men’s 200 IM.
* Freshman Tyler Branscombe recorded a career-best time in the men’s 50 free, swimming a 21.15.

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