Feb. 25, 2011
ATLANTA – After three days of the 2011 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, Georgia Tech sits in seventh place with a total of 181 points. The Jackets had three swimmers each in both the 100-Breast and 100-Fly finals on the night, while many career bests were set throughout the day.
“The guys did a good job tonight,” said Head Coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “I am proud of the IM-ers who dropped even more time off of their career bests as well as the Flyers and Breaststrokers who all excelled tonight.”
The highlight of the night for the Yellow Jackets was a 1-2-3 finish in the 100-Breast B-Final by Anton Lagerqvist, Matt Vaughan and Max Randolph. After the first lap, Lagerqvist was in eighth place, but came on strong down the stretch to take the heat with a career best time of 54.98 seconds. Coming in right behind him was Vaughan with a season best time of 55.16 followed by Randolph who tallied a career fastest time of 55.30. In the C-Final, Ryan Salmon earned a career best time of 56.27 seconds to win his heat.
Tech had three swimmers also in the B-Final of the 100-Fly, led by Eric Chiu who finished in 10th place with a time of 47.87, just shy of his career best time. Sully Lynch took 15th place with a time of 48.80 while Travis Wagner wrapped up the heat in 16th place with a time of 50.33.
Kevin Morgan and Andreas Nilsson both participated in the finals in the 400-IM and set career bests while doing so. Nilsson competed first in the C-Final, taking 18th with a time of 3:57.14 while Morgan netted a 15th place finish in the consolation final with a time of 3:57.25.
In the 200-Free, Zach Tillman recorded a career best in the preliminary round, touching the wall in 1:38.81. He finished the night with a 23rd place finish and a time of 1:40.38.
The 400-Medley Relay took over six seconds off of their time to finish ninth overall with a time of 3:17.01, the sixth fastest time in school history.
“We have one more day of competition,” continued Hart, “and tomorrow morning we have to put ourselves in a good position so we are able to score points tomorrow night.”
Tech will return to the pool one last time in the final day of the ACC Championships on Saturday. The day will begin with the 200-Back, 100-Free, 200-Breast, 200-Fly and 1,650-Free.