WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Georgia Tech swimming and diving broke a school record and totaled three NCAA B qualifying times on the opening day of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Saturday at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.
The ACC currently trails the Big Ten 85-82 on the men’s side and 123-44 on the women’s.
The ACC-Big Ten Challenge will continue on Sunday with the 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, 200 IM, women’s 3-meter, men’s platform, 400 free relay.
Sunday’s events will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network with coverage beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Admission is free to the public.
Caio Pumputis finished with the top ACC and second overall time in the 200 breast, where he turned in an NCAA B qualifying and season-best time of 1:54.79.
Then in the 200 back, Rodrigo Correia continued the momentum for Yellow Jacket swimmers by turning in an NCAA B time of 1:43.68 to finish sixth overall and third among the ACC – just 0.68 seconds off his top career time. Correia then battled with the ACC’s top 800 free relay team to finish second overall with an NCAA B qualifying time of 6:20.16.
Rounding out the day for the Georgia Tech men’s team, Christian Ferraro joined in on the ACC’s 400 medley relay that finished fifth overall with a time of 3:10.93. Ferraro then finished on the third-fastest ACC 800 free relay team and fifth overall with a time of 6:27.92.
Emily Ilgenfritz led the Georgia Tech swimmers by breaking the 500 free school record in a race that saw all eight swimmers log NCAA B cuts. Her record time placed her second among the ACC and fifth overall as she turned in a time of 4:44.93.
Then in the 800 free relay, Iris Wang battled in the leadoff leg of the ACC’s second-fastest team that finished fourth overall with a time of 7:10.78. Individually, Wang also finished seventh in the 100 free, turning in a season-best 49.79.
In her lone action of the day, Laura Branton swam the third leg of the 400 medley relay ACC team that placed a seventh-fastest time of 3:42.75.
Representing Tech divers, Camryn Hidalgo finished platform with 202.25 points for a 12th-place finish to start the weekend.
* Junior Emily Ilgenfritz turned in a record-breaking performance in the women’s 500 free, swimming a school-record NCAA B qualifying time of 4:44.93 (prev. record: Ilgenfritz – 4:44.98 at 2018 ACC Championships)
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