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Tech Swimming & Diving Hosts Nationally Ranked Virginia

Nov. 11, 2004

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions Virginia in a combined dual meet this Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The meet can be followed via live stats on Ramblinwreck.com.

The men will be facing its fourth ranked team this season. Tech stands at 3-3, 3-1 ACC, while No. 12 Virginia comes into Atlanta with a record of 2-0, 1-0 ACC.

The Yellow Jacket women are still searching for their first win of the season, suffering four losses to ranked opponents and stand at 0-5, 0-4 ACC. The 20th-ranked Cavaliers are 3-0, 2-0 ACC on the year.

Leading the men this season is senior Matt Figh, juniors Sam Morgan and Jason Howard and sophomores Tony Burkhardt and Ryan Bishop. Figh ranks sixth in the ACC in the 200 butterfly (1:52.18) and seventh in the 1000 free (9:21.74).

Morgan stands second in the conference in the 1000 free (9:15.32) and seventh in the 500 free (4:32.86). Howard and junior Teemu Kettunen each rank in the league in the 100 free, posting times of 46.30 (7th) and 46.58 (10th), respectively.

Bishop holds the seventh fastest time in the ACC in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.40) and eighth best time in the 100 breast (58.41). The Signal Mountain, Tenn., native tallied the league’s sixth quickest times in the 200 individual medley (1:53.37) and 400 IM (3:59.48).

Burkhardt and freshman Evan Stowers lead the men’s diving with NCAA Zone qualifying marks on both the one- and three-meter springboards. Burkhardt holds the top dives on the one-meter board (318.23) and Stowers holds the top six-dive score for Tech on the three-meter board (347.10).

Freshman Elizabeth Stowe continues to impress this season to lead the Yellow Jacket women. Stowe swam the fifth fastest time in the ACC in the 1000 free (10:06.92) en route to breaking Tech’s school record and tallied the 10th-best time in the 500 free (4:57.22).

Juniors Meghan DeVinney and Ashley Kracke also hold top-10 times in the ACC. DeVinney posted the sixth-best time in the 200 fly (2:04.33), while Kracke tallied the eighth fastest time in the 200 backstroke (2:05.28).

Junior diver Laurissa Prystaj posted a NCAA Zone qualifying marks on the one- and three-meter boards last week with marks of 269.55 and 272.63, respectively.

All meets held in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center are free admission.

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