Jan. 26, 2002
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s swimming and diving team defeated Atlantic Coast Conference opponent NC State, 146.5-89.5, Saturday at Emory’s Woodruff P.E. Center. Despite a strong performance, the Yellow Jacket women fell to the Wolfpack by a score of 138-102.
Leading the way for Tech’s men (5-3, 3-1 ACC) were senior David Laitala, who won both the 100-yard butterfly (49.61) and 100 backstroke, and junior Shilo Ayalon, who captured the 500 free (4:34.69) and 400 IM (4:00.17). Laitala’s mark of 51.24 in the backstroke was a Tech season-best. Senior Josh Hersko also won a pair of events, as he claimed victory in the 100 free (46.90) and 200 free (1:42.16).
As for the women’s side, freshman Cara DeVinny became the first Tech women’s swimmer to earn an NCAA “B” cut, as she won the 400 IM in a school-record time of 4:24.71. The Jackets posted five other wins on the women’s side, as Tech opened the meet with a season-best performance of 1:48.01in a 200 medley relay victory.
Tech’s women are now 4-6 overall and 0-4 in the ACC.
The Yellow Jackets return to action next Saturday, as they host Western Kentucky in the final dual meet of the season.