Jan. 29, 2011
ATLANTA – In their final regular season meet of the 2010-11 season, the Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads won each and every event on their way to a rout of Darton College on Senior Day, Saturday.
Tech’s 16 graduating seniors were honored in a ceremony, prior to the meet.
“I am proud of this senior class as a whole,” said Head Coach Courtney Shealy Hart, “and I am looking forward to seeing how they will finish off their season at their end of the year championship meets. Though they are graduating, I know each and every one of these athletes will always be a part of Georgia Tech swimming and diving.”
A few season bests and near school records were recorded on the day. Freshman Ashley Hardy earned a first place showing in the one-meter dive notching a score of 307.20, just three-tenths shy of the school record of 307.50 set by Hannah Krimm in 2009.
The final race of the day also had a near school record as Nigel Plummer, Sully Lynch, Eric Chiu and Garrett Robberson combined for a 200-Free Relay time of 1:20.82, fifth fastest in school history and less than seven-tenths from the second fastest school time.
In preparation for the championship meets coming up, many Tech athletes swam off events on the day providing for some first-time victories and career best times for many. Travis Wagner, a senior, won the 200-Back, a race that he has never competed in during his swim career, while backstroker Heidi Hatteberg took home the victory in the 100-Free.
“I am happy with our performance today against Darton,” continued Hart. “The meet felt like a great tune up for the ACC Championships and got us into the right place to swim fast next month.”
The Jackets are off for the next couple of weeks before they host the 2011 ACC Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships at the GT Aquatic Center from February 16-19 and the Men’s Championships from Feb. 23-26.