THE FLATS – After an impressive opening weekend against ACC competition, Georgia Tech swimming and diving returns home to welcome four teams this weekend, Oct. 19-20, at the McAuley Aquatic Center.
The Yellow Jackets will battle ACC foe Miami, as well as Florida Gulf Coast and SCAD to open things up on Friday, beginning at 3 p.m. Then the action continues on Saturday when Tech competes against Miami and Notre Dame, beginning at 11 a.m.
Miami enters the weekend 1-1 with a win over FIU and a season-opening loss to SEC foe Florida, 184-95. The Hurricanes return a host of their top contributors from last season, including senior captains Katie Sickinger, Sydney Story and Roxanne Yu. In diving, they return senior Carolyn Chaney and redshirt sophomore Alicia Blagg – who have already impressed this season. For the men’s diving team, Miami returns Braidam Herrara, David Dinsmore and Zach Cooper.
Notre Dame’s 18th-ranked women’s team is 2-0-1 after toppling Missouri and Kentucky in a tri-meet earlier this month and tying Indiana. The men’s team enter the weekend 0-3 after falling in those meets and are ranked No. 23 in the country. The Fighting Irish have been led by Abbie Dolan and Zach Yeadon thus far through the season with each of them posting multiple wins in the opener. They’ve also seen Lindsay Stone, Luciana Thomas and Bayley Stewart on top of the podium this season. For diving, Kelly Straub leads ND off the board, winning the 1-meter event with 145.50 points.
SCAD is coming off a fine 2017-18 campaign in which the women won the NAIA National Championship and the men were runners-up. The women’s team opened by hosting Georgia Southern, falling 181-81 despite freshman Kaylen Hou breaking the school 100 IM record (1:01.62) and Julie Henninger (50 free) and Sarah Scargill (100 breast) finished second. The men’s team finished fourth at the 2018 Shark Invitational and were led by George Harsanyi with a second-place 400 IM finish and Zoltan Monori, who placed second in the 100 free.
Georgia Tech’s opening week saw the men’s team rise up and defeat both Florida State and Pittsburgh on the road. Caio Pumputis led Tech with three first-place finishes, while also helping the 200 medley relay squad take gold en route to an ACC Swimmer of the Week nod. Christian Ferraro also had two first-place finishes, while senior captain Matt Casillas finished second and third in the 1-meter and 3-meter, respectively.
For their efforts, the men’s team received 17 votes in the CSCAA Preseason Top 25 to put them atop the “others receiving votes” category and unofficially No. 26 in the country after knocking off No. 20 FSU.
The women split the opening weekend, downing Pitt but falling in a close one to Florida State. Senior captain Emily Ilgenfritz and senior Iris Wang both took home two first-place finishes in their respective events. Ilgenfritz kicked hard to a top finish in the 1000 free and the 500 free, while Wang took home first-place honors in the 200 and 100 free.
Sophomore Camryn Hidalgo also kicked off the season strong, finishing second in both the 3-meter and 1-meter events. She finished behind only FSU’s NCAA qualifier from a season ago.
Live results can be found HERE for all Georgia Tech home swimming and diving meets. Both days will also be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.
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