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Tech's Stojanovksa and Stowe Head To Women's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

March 15, 2005

ATLANTA – Sophomore Vesna Stojanovska and freshman Elizabeth Stowe will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for the 2005 Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, March 17-19, at Purdue University.

“We are looking forward to a great NCAA Championships, in hopes that we can improve on last year’s individual performances and the overall team finish,” said head coach Seth Baron. “This will be the 3rd year, of a four-year old program, that we have qualified athletes for the women’s NCAA Championships. We are pleased with the progress of this young and exciting program at Georgia Tech.”

Stojanovska, a native of Skopje, Macedonia, will swim the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, along with the 200-yard butterfly at the NCAA meet for the Yellow Jackets. She won her first Atlantic Coast Conference title on Feb. 19 in the 200 fly and is seeded 19th in the 200 fly (1:59.27) at the championship meet. She ranks 28th in the 200 free (1:47.67) and 30th in the 500 free (4:47.36) heading into nationals.

“Vesna had an outstanding ACC meet, one of the best ever – men or women,” said Baron. “She earned All-America honors in the 200 fly last year, but will have to be at her best to repeat and/or improve on her performance this year.”

Stowe qualified for the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish in the 1650 free at the ACC Championships with a lifetime-best time of 16:28.08, earning All-ACC honors. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native is ranked 25th in the mile and 48th in the 500 free with a time of 4:50.52.

“This is going to be a great experience for Elizabeth,” said distance coach Stuart Wilson. “She does have a outside shot of making the top 16 in the mile, but this is going to be a fast swim meet and she is going to be competing against the best in the country and in the world.”

TECH ATHLETES’ SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 17
500 freestyle – Vesna Stojanovska and Elizabeth Stowe

Friday, March 18
200 freestyle – Vesna Stojanovska

Saturday, March 19
1650 freestyle – Elizabeth Stowe
200 butterfly – Vesna Stojanovska

-GT SWIMMING & DIVING-

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