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Tech Posts Strong Showings on Day Two of GT Invitational

Nov. 18, 2016

Day 2 Results: Prelims (PDF) | Finals (PDF)
Day 2 Results: Prelims | Finals

THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech swimming and diving team carried over its strong performances from day one on Thursday to day two on Friday, as the Yellow Jackets set three more school records, posted a total of 24 NCAA `B’ qualifying times and two more Zone `B’ diving scores overall on Friday at the McAuley Aquatic Center.

The Yellow Jackets, who set a total of four school records on Thursday if you included Chiara Ruiu breaking the women’s 200 IM record twice, set three more school records on Friday.

Sophomore Laura Branton set the school record in the women’s 100 fly prelims on Friday morning with a career-best time of 53.70, while Iris Wang set a new Tech record in the women’s 200 free prelims, topping her own previous record of 1:46.94 with an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 1:46.66 on Friday morning. Wang followed that performance up with another recording breaking time of 1:45.92 in the 200 free finals event.

“We had a strong day today. We swam really well in the prelims in the morning and again in the finals this evening. We set another couple of records today and also had more NCAA qualifying times,” stated head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “We just talked about making sure we get a good meal, make sure we get good sleep and come in ready to go tomorrow morning. The third morning is always the tough one because you just swam two days, you are getting up in the mornings and the third morning is the tough one. We want to make sure that we are the best team out here tomorrow morning.”

The men’s team sits in third-place overall behind Alabama (850) and Florida (807).

The women’s team is in seventh-place overall out of the 11-team field. Auburn leads the women’s team standings with 760 points and is followed by Florida (610), Alabama (581), Arkansas (465) and South Carolina (449) to make up the top-five.

Men’s Highlights

Junior Moises Loschi recorded a runner-up finish in the 100 breast finals event, as he clocked the second-fastest time in school history with a career-best and NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 53.19 on Friday night.

Picking up a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay was the Tech `A’ team of Rodrigo Quadros Correia, Loschi, Ben Southern and Oskar Zimowski who registered a time of 1:26.62, which is tied for the second-best time in the Tech record books.

For the second straight night, Matt Casillas posted a top-four finish on the springboard, as the sophomore followed up his third-place finish in the 1-meter dive event on Thursday night with a fourth-place finish in the 3-meter dive on Friday with a Zone `B’ score of 356.10.

Sophomore Colt Williamson placed in a tie for fifth-place overall with an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 3:51.60 in the 400 IM finals, which is also a career-best time. His time in the 400 IM is also the third-best time in Tech history. Williamson also touched the wall in an NCAA `B’ qualifying and a then career-best time of 3:51.87 in the 400 IM prelims.

Brennan Day, who turned in a career-best time of 3:52.70 in the 400 IM prelims, recorded a ninth-place finish in the 400 finals with another NCAA `B’ cut time of 3:53.28, a new career best mark, while fellow first-year Yellow Jacket Tim Slanschek scored with his 10th-place 400 IM finals finish with his time of 4:00.13.

Four different Jackets scored points for the men’s team in the 100 fly, as Southern placed third overall with an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 47.55, while Slanschek finished fifth with a `B’ cut and career-best time of 48.21. Brad Oberg (48.62) and Zimowski (48.88) finished in sixth and seventh overall, respectively in the A-finals heat.

In the 200 free, Tech had a trio of swimmers post points led by senior Dan Cohen Solal who finished ninth with a new career-best and NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 1:37.99. Junior Noah Harasz (1:39.57) placed 14th, while freshman Austin Whalen (1:41.26) finished 18th overall for the free event.

Alex Kimpel (54.37, NCAA `B’ cut) and Joseph Portillo (56.61) both scored for the Yellow Jackets in the 100 breast finals, while five Yellow Jackets picked up points in the 100 back event. Alex Goerzen placed fourth with an NCAA `B’ cut time of 47.74, finishing just in front of both Brian Woodbury (48.34, NCAA `B’ cut) and Mark Keaveney (48.37, NCAA `B’ cut) who placed in sixth and seventh overall. Oberg placed 11th in the 100 back with a time of 48.96, while Robert Borowicz finished in 19th with his time of 50.31.

Also scoring in the 3-meter diving event for the Jackets’ was Nolan Mallet (293.10) and Omar Eteiba (276.75) who placed in 14th and 18th places overall, while the 800 free relay team of Loschi, Cohen Solal, Whalen and Harasz recorded a fourth-place finish with a time of 6:37.40.

Women’s Highlights

The 200 medley relay team of Maddie Paschal, Chiara Ruiu, Laura Branton and Iris Wang recorded a Tech season-best and the second-best time in school history at 1:40.56 for a fourth-place finish in the finals to start the evening session, while the 800 free relay team of Wang, Emily Ilgenfritz, Kaitlin Kitchens and Ruiu touched the wall in fifth-place overall with their time of 7:21.06, which ranks sixth all-time in school history, to conclude the finals races.

Wang, who broke her own record in the 200 free prelims with a time of 1:46.66, placed second overall in the finals with a new school record and an NCAA’ B’ time of 1:45.92.

After setting the school record in the women’s 100 fly prelims on Friday morning with a career-best time of 53.70, Branton picked up a fifth-place finish in the 100 fly finals with another NCAA `B’ cut time of 53.84.

Ruiu, who turned in the second-best 100 breast time in school history at 1:02.15 in the prelims, topped that in the 100 breast finals with a new Tech school-record time of 1:01.21. The NCAA `B’ qualifying time is also a career best mark and was good enough to place Ruiu in third-place overall for the event.

The redshirt-senior also posted an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 4:17.09 in the 400 IM prelims where she was exhibitioned. Ruiu’s time was also a career-best mark for the fifth-year Jacket and a Tech season-best mark this year. It also ranks third all-time in Tech history.

Sophomore Florina Ilie touched the wall in a tie of 1:01.97 in the 100 breast finals to tally a seventh-place finish, while freshman Kristen Hepler picked up a 20th-place finish and a point for the Jackets with her time of 1:05.87. Ilgenfritz, another Tech freshman, picked up a 15th-place finish with a time of 1:49.75 in the 200 free finals.

Also scoring for the Yellow Jackets’ women’s team was freshman diver Carly Doi with a 19th-place finish in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 242.10 in the prelims, while Kira de Bruyn placed 19th overall in the 400 IM finals with a time of 4:24.55.

Sara Gilbert (55.53) and Paschal (55.55) finished 14th and 15th in the 100 back to score for the Yellow Jackets.

Live results for the entire invitational can be found HERE

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Team Scores – Men
1. Alabama – 850
2. Florida – 807
3. Georgia Tech – 673.5
4. South Carolina – 586.5
5. East Carolina – 280
6. BYU (diving only) – 121
7. Auburn (diving only) – 102

Team Scores – Women
1. Auburn – 760
2. Florida – 610
3. Alabama – 581
4. Arkansas – 465
5. South Carolina – 449
6. FGCU – 390
7. Georgia Tech – 327
8. East Carolina – 219
9. Campbell – 133
10. Georgia Southern – 124
11. Clemson (diving only) – 58

Tech Tidbits – Finals
* Sophomore Iris Wang set the 200 free record for the second time of the day with a time of 1:45.92 in the finals. Her time is also a career best mark and an NCAA `B’ qualifying time.
* Redshirt-senior Chiara Ruiu set a new school record in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.21, which is also an NCAA `B’ cut time.
* The 200 medley relay team of Maddie Paschal, Chiara Ruiu, Laura Branton and Iris Wang recorded a Tech season-best and the second-best time in school history at 1:40.56 in the finals.
* The 200 medley relay team of Sara Gilbert, Florina Ilie, Morgan Lyons and Kaitlin Kitchens touched the wall in a time of 1:42.22, which ranks as the eighth-best time in Tech history.
* The 800 free relay team of Iris Wang, Emily Ilgenfritz, Kaitlin Kitchens and Chiara Ruiu touched the wall with a time of 7:21.06, which ranks sixth all-time in school history.
* Sophomore Laura Branton turned in an NCAA `B’ cut time of 53.84 in the 100 fly finals.
* Freshman Chloe Miller recorded a career-best mark of 56.50 in the 100 back finals.
* The 200 medley relay `A’ team of Rodrigo Quadros Correia, Moises Loschi, Ben Southern and Oskar Zimowski registered a time of 1:26.62, which is tied for the second-best time in the Tech record books.
* Junior Moises Loschi recorded the second-fastest time in school history in the 100 breast with his career-best and NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 53.19.
* Senior Alex Goerzen picked up an NCAA `B’ cut time and the fourth-best time in Tech history in the 100 back with a time of 47.74 in the finals.
* Junior Mark Keaveney recorded an NCAA `B’ time of 48.37 in the 100 back. The time is also a career best mark and ranks as the 10th best time in Tech history.
* Sophomore Colt Williamson turned in an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 3:51.60 in the 400 IM finals, which is also a career-best time. His time in the 400 IM is also the third-best time in Tech history.
* Freshman Brennan Day posted an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 3:53.28 in the 400 IM finals.
* Sophomore Matt Casillas recorded a Zone `B’ score of 356.10 in the 3-meter diving finals.
* Senior Ben Southern touched the wall in a Tech season-best and an NCAA `B’ cut time of 47.55 in the 100 fly finals.
* Freshman Tim Slanschek registered a career-best and an NCAA `B’ cut time of 48.21 in the 100 fly finals.
* Senior Dan Cohen Solal turned in a new career-best and an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 1:37.99 in the 200 free finals.
* Junior Alex Kimpel recorded an NCAA `B’ cut time of 54.37 in the 100 breast finals.
* Junior Brian Woodbury registered an NCAA `B’ cut time of 48.34 in the 100 back finals.

Tech Tidbits – Prelims
* Sophomore Laura Branton set a new school record with an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 53.70 in the 100 fly prelims. It was also a career-best mark.
* Redshirt-senior Chiara Ruiu posted an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 4:17.09 in the 400 IM prelims. The time was also a career-best mark for the fifth-year Jacket and a Tech season-best mark this year. It also ranks third all-time in Tech history.
* Chiara Ruiu also recorded a career-best and Tech season-best time of 1:02.15 in the 100 breast prelims. The time also ranks second overall in Tech history.
* Sophomore Iris Wang set a new school record in the 200 free prelims, topping her own previous record of 1:46.94 with an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 1:46.66.
* Freshman Kristen Hepler recorded a career-best time of 4:23.73 in the 400 IM prelims, which ranks sixth all-time in Tech’s record books.
* Kristen Hepler also set a new career-best in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.00 in the prelims.
* Freshman Kelli Croft tallied a career-best time of 4:37.32 in the 400 IM prelims and a time of 1:57.28 in the 200 free prelims.
* Junior Kaitlin Kitchens set a new career-best mark of 55.50 in the 100 fly prelims.
* Freshman Chloe Miller posted a career-best time of 55.84 in the 100 fly and 56.72 in the 100 back prelims.
* Freshman Tamir Gonen Cohen registered a career-best time of 55.97 in the 100 fly prelims.
* Freshman Maddie Oliver picked up a career-best mark of 56.93 in the 100 fly prelims.
* Freshman Emily Ilgenfritz posted a new career-best mark of 1:49.94 in the 200 free prelims.
* Freshman Lindsay Wallace recorded a career-best time of 1:51.81 in the 200 free prelims.
* Sophomore Lila Best turned in a career-best time of 1:51.90 in the 200 free prelims.
* Senior Camille Felix registered a career-best mark of 1:57.41 in the 200 free prelims.
* Freshman Caroline Lee turned in a career-best time of 55.68 in the 100 back prelims.
* Sophomore Megan Hansen registered a career best time in the 100 back prelims with a time of 57.76.
* Junior Morgan Lyons picked up a career-best time of 58.21 in the 100 back prelims.
* Senior Maddie Paschal recorded a Tech season-best time of 55.20 in the 100 back prelims.
* Freshman Abbey Yates totaled a new career-best score of 218.60 in the 1-meter diving prelims.
* Sophomore Colt Williamson touched the wall in an NCAA `B’ qualifying and career-best time of 3:51.87 in the 400 IM prelims.
* Freshman Brennan Day recorded an NCAA `B’ qualifying and career-best time of time of 3:52.70 in the 400 prelims. His time is also the sixth-best mark in Tech history in the 400 IM.
* Junior Moises Loschi recorded a new career-best and Tech season-best time of 53.49 in the 100 breast prelims. His time, which is also an NCAA `B’ qualifying time, also ranks third all-time in Tech history.
* Senior Alex Goerzen recorded an NCAA `B’ qualifying, a career-best and a Tech season-best time of 48.23 in the 100 back prelims. His time also ranks eighth all-time in Tech history.
* Senior Ben Southern set a new Tech season-best time with an NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 47.92 in the 100 fly prelims.
* Freshman Tim Slanschek recorded an NCAA `B’ qualifying and career-best time of 48.35 in the 100 fly prelims.
* Freshman Oskar Zimowski picked up a career-best time of 48.62 in the 100 fly prelims.
* Freshman Clay Hering touched the wall in a career-best time of 49.73 in the 100 fly prelims.
* Freshman Joonas Koski registered a career-best mark of 3:59.05 in the 400 IM prelims.
* Sophomore Rodrigo Quadros Correia set a new Tech season-best time of 1:35.58 in the 200 free prelims, also an NCAA `B’ qualifying time.
* Freshman Austin Whalen picked up a career-best time of 1:40.67 in the 200 free prelims.
* Freshman Aidan Pastel tallied a career-best time of 1:41.08 in the 200 free prelims.
* Freshman Quentin Tally recorded a career-best time of 1:42.36 in the 200 free prelims.
* Sophomore Matt Casillas posted an NCAA `B’ Zone Diving qualifying score of 350.80 in the 3-meter diving prelims.

+ (personal best times reflect their top times at Georgia Tech)
 

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Iris Wang broke her own school record in the 200 free prelims and the broke it again in the 200 free finals with a time of 1:45.92! pic.twitter.com/0UlZh3YORU

— Ga Tech Swim & Dive (@GTSwimDive) November 19, 2016

Colt Williamson posted the third best time in school history in the 400 IM Finals with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 3:51.60. pic.twitter.com/yfDAhOlcSv

— Ga Tech Swim & Dive (@GTSwimDive) November 19, 2016

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