Nov. 15, 2003
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s swimming and diving team stormed past Purdue and Florida Atlantic winning six of nine events this afternoon to capture the tri meet over the Boilermakers, 180-173, and Owls, 217.50-123.50, in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The men’s swimming and diving team split the tri meet, falling to Purdue, 213-134, and beating FAU, 232-97. Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams move to 3-2 on the season.
“I was very pleased with the meet this weekend,” said head coach Seth Baron. “The women were excellent beating a Big Ten school in Purdue. It’s a great step for our program. They entered today only up by two points and didn’t back down winning six events this afternoon.
“The men performed well, but were flat at times. That might be due to the fact that we have been training really hard in practice, but it’s our philosophy that we will not slow down training for a dual meet, because ultimately our goal is to win ACC’s and get ready for NCAA’s.”
Freshmen Vesna Stojanovska (Skopje, Macedonia) led the way for the Jackets winning the 400-yard individual medley (4:27.78) and 500 freestyle (4:53.76). Stojanovska’s time in the 500 free set a new school and pool record and was also a NCAA ‘B’ qualifying mark.
Freshman Ryan Bishop (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) set a new pool record this afternoon in the 400 IM with a time of 4:00.78. Also picking up a win on the men’s side was sophomore Sam Morgan (Gainesville, Ga.) in the 500 free with a time of 4:37.41.
Swimming to first-place finishes for the Yellow Jackets on the women’s side were sophomores Meghan DeVinney (Avondale, Ariz.) and Ashley Kracke (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) and freshman Alison Walker (Marietta, Ga.). DeVinney captured the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.90 and Kracke won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.64. Rounding out first-place finishers for the Jackets was Walker, ending the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.95.
Breaking a pool record in the 200 back on the men’s side was Purdue’s Louis Paul with a time of 1:49.57. Other winners on the men’s side were Purdue’s Eric Prugh (100 free/46.82), Iggy Goh (100 fly/50.93) and Giorda Pogioli (200 breast/2:02.87). The Boilermakers’ Steve LoBue captured the men’s one-meter diving event with a NCAA Zone Diving mark of 310.88 and Carrie McCambridge set a pool record with her diving total of 305.32 on the women’s three-meter board.
Leading the Jackets in diving was senior Paul McCarty (Ypsilanti, Mich.) and sophomore Laurissa Prystaj (Fairport, N.Y.). McCarty placed third on the men’s one-meter board with a score of 276.98 and Prystaj took third on the women’s three-meter board with a score of 272.70.
Georgia Tech will remain home as they host in-state rival Georgia on Friday, Nov. 21. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The entire meet can be followed on live stats at www.ramblinwreck.com.
Dual Meet Scores
Georgia Tech 232 – Florida Atlantic 97
Purdue 268 – Florida Atlantic 61
Purdue 213 – Georgia Tech 134
Georgia Tech 217.50 – Florida Atlantic 123.50
Purdue 233 – Florida Atlantic 114
Georgia Tech 180 – Purdue 173