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Three Aqua Jackets Head to Finals at Women's ACC Championships

Feb. 18, 2005

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ATLANTA – Junior Ashley Kracke and sophomores Vesna Stojanovska and Alison Walker tallied top-eight finishes in the preliminaries to lead the Georgia Tech women’s swimming and diving team on Friday morning at the 2005 Women’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The finals will start at 7 p.m. tonight.

Stojanovska won the 200-yard freestyle with a school record time of 1:48.90 in the preliminaries to advance to her second straight finals. Also moving on to the finals for the Yellow Jackets was sophomore Alison Walker and junior Ashley Kracke. Walker finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a school record time of 1:03.47 to tally her first NCAA `B’ cut of the season. Kracke posted a season-best time of 56.64 in the 100 backstroke to finish sixth and qualify for the finals tonight.

Junior Liz Foster tied a season-best time of 56.15 in the 100 butterfly to finish ninth in the preliminaries of the event and qualify for the consolation finals later this event. Senior Jaclyn Keys recorded a 16th-place finish in the 100 back to move on to the consolation finals, tallying a season-best time of 58.16.

Junior Laura Heiser finished 14th in the 100 breast to make the consolation finals with a season-best time of 1:05.09, while freshman Katie McGraw qualified for the bonus finals with a time of 1:06.75, finishing in 21st place.

Junior Meghan DeVinney also advanced to the consolation finals with a season-best time of 56.46 in the 100 fly, finishing 11th. Senior Jill Vukmanic swam a season-best time of 57.19 in the 100 fly to finish in 22nd place and advance to the bonus finals.

In the 400 individual medley, seniors Lisa Hancock and Michelle Maguire qualified for the bonus finals on Friday evening with times of 4:30.32 and 4:31.65 to finish 20th and 24th, respectively.

-GT SWIMMING & DIVING-

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