Nov. 19, 2004
ATLANTA – Junior All-American Sam Morgan and sophomore All-American Vesna Stojanovska posted NCAA `B’ cut times of 4:37.32 and 4:51.20 in the men’s and women’s 500-yard freestyle to lead the Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Friday night in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The men and women are currently in third place with 245 and 244 points, respectively.
No. 3 Florida leads the men’s meet (298), NC State is second (263), Florida Atlantic fourth (124), Georgia (divers only) fifth (39), Tennessee (divers only) sixth (36), Miami (divers only) seventh (30) and Kentucky (divers only) eighth (11).
On the women’s side, third-ranked Florida leads the meet (267), No. 23 Tennessee is second (250), the Wolfpack are fourth (175.5), Miami fifth (108), Florida Atlantic sixth (101.5) and Kentucky (divers only) seventh (34).
Morgan finished first in the 500 free, while Stojanovska finished second with a new school record time, breaking her record mark of 4:53.70 from a last season. Freshman Elizabeth Stowe tallied a fourth-place finish with a personal-record time of 4:54.66.
Other top finishers for the Jackets in the 500 free were senior Matt Figh and freshman Rob Miller. Figh finished third with a time of 4:30.99, while Miller posted a season-best time of 4:34.96 to finish seventh.
In the 50 free, Kettunen swam a personal-record time of 20.78 in the preliminaries and finished second in the finals with a mark of 20.86. Fellow Tech teammate Howard tallied a third-place finish with a personal-record time of 20.88. Sophomore Natanya Harper led the women with a season-best time of 24.13 to finish in fourth place. Juniors Meghan DeVinney and Liz Foster rounded out top-eight finishers with season-best times of 24.26 and 24.38, respectively, to finish sixth and seventh.
Sophomore Ryan Bishop tallied a season-best time of 1:52.14 in the prelims of the men’s 200 individual medley and finished fifth in the finals with a mark of 1:53.80. Junior Jacob Wilson finished eighth with a season-best time of 1:55.18. Senior Lisa Hancock led the women with a seventh-place finish, tallying a season-best time of 2:07.93. Foster finished eighth with a season-best mark of 2:08.21.
Leading the Yellow Jackets on the springboards was sophomore Tony Burkhardt and freshman Stephanie England. Burkhardt tallied a NCAA Zone qualifying mark of 313.30 on the men’s one-meter board, finishing in seventh place, while England posted a mark of 413.35 in 11 dives on the three-meter board to finish in eighth place.
The GT Invitational will continue on Saturday with the prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and finals commencing at 5:30 p.m. in the GTAC. The entire meet can be followed via live stats on GT Invite.
ORDER OF EVENTS
200 Medley Relay (evening session)
Women One-Meter Diving/Men Three-Meter Diving
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