THE FLATS – On day one of the annual Georgia Tech swimming and diving White vs. Gold meet, the White Team jumped out ahead early and was able to hold onto a 187-104 lead over the Gold Team after 18 events on Friday afternoon at the McAuley Aquatic Center.
“I was really excited for today, it’s always great to get back into the pool and compete after practicing all off-season,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “I thought we had some great first-meet swims today and I’m looking forward to tomorrow and more racing. Tomorrow we’ll get a better sense of where we are as a team before we get ready for our first meet next weekend in Florida.”
The Yellow Jackets will be back in action for day two of the White vs. Gold meet tomorrow morning, Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning approximately at 8 a.m.
White Team Highlights
The White Team wasted no time, getting out to an early lead by taking the first event, the women’s 200 free relay. In it, the squad of Lila Best, Laura Branton, Catriona MacGregor and Allie Paschal took first place with a time of 1:36.27.
The men followed up immediately after in the 200 free relay, as Aidan Pastel, Albert Zhi, Tyler Branscombe and Clark Wakeland took first-place handily at 1:23.84.
Individually, sophomore MacGregor took gold in the women’s 200 IM with a time of 2:05.70, while freshman Tanner Doan edged out a victory in the men’s 200 IM with a time of 1:54.92.
The White Team took the top two finishes in the women’s 500 free as Emily Ilgenfritz broke her own intrasquad record to take first place (4:54.34) and freshman Morgan Johnson finished second with a time of 5:03.25. Sophomore Christian Ferraro also broke his own meet record in the 300 fly by kicking to a 1:47.39 – three seconds faster than the next-fastest finisher.
Despite not often competing in the 500 free, sophomore Caio Pumputis won the men’s 500 free by almost six seconds, setting a new meet record of 4:33.74 on the day. The women also took the top two spots in the 100 breast as freshman Nicole Williams (1:05.46) won a close one over senior Florina Illie (1:06.73).
Sophomore Zhi won the closest contest of the day in the men’s 100 breast, squeaking past Gold Team member Jonathan Yang with a time of 57.24 – just 0.18 faster than Yang. Sophomore Paschal then took the ninth-straight event for the White Team by winning the women’s 200 back with a time of 2:01.00.
Freshman Darren Lim impressed in his first showing, taking the men’s 100 free in a neck-and-neck battle with Gold Team member Austin Daniel. Lim was able to hold on to win the event with a time of 45.19.
After watching one of the newcomers take gold, veteran senior Best then took first place in the women’s 200 fly, turning in a time of 2:05.12.
The White Team then swept the final 400 medley relays to finish out the day. The women’s team of sophomore Grace Mauldin, Illie, Ilgenfritz and Johnson took first place with a time of 3:53.75, while the men’s team of freshman Kyle Barone, Yang, junior Clay Hering and Daniel broke the 2016 meet record with a time of 3:18.83.
Gold Team Highlights
The Gold Team shined in the men’s 200 back and the women’s 100 free. In the 200 back, junior Joonas Koski gave his team a jolt by taking first place with a time of 1:54.09. Then in the 100 free, sophomore Celine Nugent won by fingertips, taking first over White Team member Ilgenfritz with a time of 52.39 – 0.26 seconds faster than Ilgenfritz.
With an uneven number of divers, everyone from each team attempted one dive from the 3-meter and one dive from the platform before the scores were averaged together to name a winner. The Gold Team won with an average score of 55.90 while the White Team compiled an average of 53.37.
In the women’s 200 free relay, the team of freshman Jami Williams, sophomore Camille Long, junior Lindsay Wallace and senior Sara Gilbert finished second with a time of 1:39.55. The men’s team of sophomore Jonathan Vater, freshman Daniel Jacobs, freshman Cale Russell and freshman Wakeland also finished second with a time of 1:29.65.
Junior Kristen Hepler turned in a time of 2.07.36 to finish second in the women’s 200 IM, while junior Tim Slanschek finished second in the men’s 200 IM with a time of 1:55.69.
Koski was also able to turn in a second-place finish in the 500 free, kicking to a 4:39.45 overall. Meanwhile, junior Caroline Lee finished second in the 200 back with a time of 2:05.45.
Sophomore Austin was edged out by freshman Lim in the men’s 100 free, as Austin turned in a time of 45.98. Junior Chloe Miller then finished second in the women’s 200 fly with a time of 2:06.03 while junior Clay Hering fell to second after racing a 1:50.78 in the men’s 200 fly.
The Gold Team’s women’s 400 medley relay team of Lee, Julia Shuford, Miller and Nugent finished second in event, turning in a time of 3:54.01. The men’s team of Rodrigo Correia, Yang, Hering and Daniel also finished second with a time of 3:20.90.
* Sophomore Christian Ferraro broke his own intrasquad record in the men’s 200 fly event by almost two full seconds, taking first place with a time of 1:47.39 (previous record: 1:49.24).
* Freshman Kyle Barone, sophomore Caio Pumputis, Ferraro and sophomore Albert Zhi all set a new intrasquad record in the 400 medley relay, turning in a time of 3:18.83 to eclipse the previous 2016 record of 3:20.40.
* Junior Emily Ilgenfritz topped her own White vs. Gold meet record in the women’s 500 free, turning in a time of 4:54.34 (previous record: 4:56.95).
* Sophomore Allie Paschal recorded a new intrasquad record in the women’s 200 back with a first-place time of 2:01.00 (previous record: Julia Shuford, 2:02.94).
* Sophomore Caio Pumputis topped the 2015 intrasquad record in the 500 free, racing to a time of 4:33.74 (previous record: Yuval Safra, 4:35.52).
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