ATLANTA (Jan. 18) — Georgia Tech’s men’s swimming and diving team returns to action with a swing through the Palmetto State as it faces Clemson Friday at 3 p.m. in McHugh Natatorium and South Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m. in Carolina Natatorium. The Yellow Jackets are 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and are in pursuit of the squad’s first winning season since 1992.
“We are looking for a great team effort and really need strong individual performances in these two dual meets,” said third-year head coach Seth Baron. “We will have our work cut out for us against two well-matched opponents. Clemson is an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent and natural rival who we will have to be ready for because its an intense meet. South Carolina is not a very big squad but is talented and has first-year head coach Donald Gibb, who was at Florida State last year, so we know that they will be formidable. I believe that we built a strong training base from our trip to Colorado, so we need to keep it going with a solid week of practice.”
Tech continues to be led by freshman Shilo Ayalon (Kfar Hanassi, Israel), who won the 200, 500 and 1,000 meter freestyle during the Jackets’ 116-89 loss to Air Force on Jan. 8. He has captured nine individual wins this year and set school records in the 1,000 and 1,650 meter freestyles.
The Jackets conclude their dual-meet season Feb. 4-5 with meets at Western Kentucky and Louisville.