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Tech Swimming and Diving Hits Road to Face Maryland, American

Nov. 7, 2001

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men and women’s swimming and diving teams will make their first road trip of the season this weekend, as the Yellow Jackets face Maryland at 4 p.m. on Friday and American at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Tech’s men enter the weekend with a 0-1 record on the season. The Jackets lost their season-opener to Florida State last weekend. The women’s squad is 2-2 (0-1 ACC) in its inaugural season.

“This weekend really gives us some tough tests for both men and women,” said head coach Seth Baron. “It gives us an ACC opponent in Maryland and a very good opponent in American for us to further the season along and see where we are. It’s going to be a tough, challenging weekend for Georgia Tech swimming and diving.”

The Terps’ men’s team in 3-4 (1-2 ACC) this season, while the women own a 6-1 (2-1 ACC) mark. Both squads lost to the Seminoles, who defeated both Tech teams last weekend.

“Any time you swim an ACC opponent it’s a big competition, so Maryland’s going to give us run for our money,” said Baron. “They are very strong on the women’s side. Our women will get another exposure to ACC competition and what is going to be seen in February at the ACC meet.”

“Their men have been swimming very well this season,” added Baron. “They’re going to give us everything we can handle and then some. It’s going to be a tight meet.”

American ‘s men’s team is 0-1 on the season, following a loss to Notre Dame last weekend. The Eagle women open their season on Friday when they host Georgia Southern.

Tech’s men will be led by junior All-Americans Shilo Ayalon, who ranks fifth in the ACC in the 500-yard freestyle and sixth in the 1,000 free, and Tomonori Tsuji, who ranks third in the conference in the 200 breast. Senior co-captain David Laitala ranks fifth in the 200 IM.

On the women’s side, the Yellow Jackets will be led by freshmen Cara DeVinny, who ranks fourth in the ACC in the 200 IM and ninth in the 200 fly and 400 IM, and Anna Saum, who is fifth in the 100 fly and sixth in the 100 back. Classmate Amy Sutton ranks seventh in both diving events.

-GT-

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