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Tech's DeVinny Opens NCAA Championships Thursday for First-year Women's Swimming Squad

March 20, 2002

ATLANTA – With a stellar rookie season for the Jackets’ first-year women’s swimming squad under her belt, Georgia Tech freshman Cara DeVinny opens competition at the 2002 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas.

DeVinny will compete in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley, as well as the 200-yard butterfly. She earned an automatic qualifying mark of 4:16.60 in the 400 IM at the 2002 ACC Championships, which makes her eligible to compete in the 200 IM and 200 fly, as well. She met the provisional qualifying standard in those events.

Her top time in the 200 IM is 2:04.27, while she went 2:02.22 in the 200 fly.

Entering the meet, she is seeded 20th in the 400 IM, 45th in the 200 fly and 66th in the 200 IM.

The meet begins Thursday and concludes Saturday. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. CT each day, followed by finals each night at 7 p.m. CT. The top eight in the prelims in each event advance to the final, followed by the next eight, who will make up the consolation final.

The top eight finishers earn All-America honors, while the next eight are tabbed honorable mention All-Americans.

DeVinny is not the only Tech swimmer competing this weekend, as two members of the men’s team will compete at the Phillips 66 Spring National Swimming Championships in Minneapolis. Junior Robbie Foster will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke, while sophomore Eduardo Oliver will swim in the 400- and 1500-meter freestyle.

The 22nd-ranked Tech men will take the pool March 28-30 for the men’s NCAA Championships at the University of Georgia. Juniors Shilo Ayalon, James Salazar and Tomonori Tsuji are all slated to compete, while senior David Laitala stands as the meet’s first alternate.

-GT-

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