Feb. 28, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech men’s swimming and diving ended day two of the 2017 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in 10th-place with 223 points, breaking a school record in the first event of the day.
“I’m very proud of the guys tonight,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “I thought we stepped up and took it to another level tonight. They raced hard. I’m excited for tomorrow; I think we get better each day so we’re looking forward to racing hard and competing tomorrow morning.”
In the 500 free prelims, the Jackets’ Colt Williamson set a new school record with a career-best time of 4:19.19, an NCAA ‘B’ mark time that also earned him a spot in the ‘B’ finals.
Junior Alex Kimpel recorded an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:48.38 in the 200 IM prelims, while freshman Tim Slanschek touched the wall in a time of 1:49.18. Joseph Portillo set a new career best time of 1:50.37 in the IM event, placing ahead of fellow teammate Brian Woodbury and his prelim time of 1:50.70.
In the 50 free prelims, Rodrigo Quadros Correia touched the wall in an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 20.01 to move on to the ‘C’ finals in the night cap.
Senior Alex Goerzen (20.23) and junior Stefan Kranenburg (20.56) both posted new career best marks in the 50 free prelims, while Noah Harasz (20.43), Ben Southern (20.44), Robert Borowicz (20.50) and Dan Cohen Solal (20.72) also all swam for the Jackets in the sprint free prelim event.
Kicking off the evening session, Williamson finished 10th in the 500 free final, second in his heat, with an NCAA ‘B’ cut of 4:19.95. He scored 17 points for the Jackets with the finish.
Correia finished first in the ‘C’ final in the 50 free for a 17th-place finish with a career best and NCAA ‘B’ cut of 19.88. He scored nine points for Tech.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Goerzen, Southern, Borowicz and Harasz finished eighth, tallying 44 points for the Jackets and finishing with the seventh best time in school history of 1:19.79.
The meet will continue with the prelims set to begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET with the 400 IM. The finals are slated to begin at 6 p.m. ET.
* Sophomore Colt Williamson posted a new Tech record in the 500 free prelims with a time of 4:19.19. His mark is also a career best and an NCAA ‘B’ cut time.
* Williamson recorded another NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 500 free final of 4:19.95.
* Freshman Clay Hering recorded a new career best time of 4:30.64 in the 500 prelims.
* Junior Alex Kimpel turned an NCAA ‘B’ mark of 1:48.38 in the 200 IM prelims.
* Sophomore Joseph Portillo registered a new career best in the 200 IM prelims with a time of 1:50.37.
* Sophomore Rodrigo Quadros Correia touched the wall in an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 20.01 in the 50 free prelims.
* Correia turned in another NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 50 free final with a career-best time of 19.88.
* Senior Alex Goerzen turned in a new career best time of 20.23 in the 50 free prelims.
* Junior Stefan Kranenburg registered a new career best time of 20.56 in the 50 free prelims.
* Junior Brad Oberg turned in a new career best mark of 20.54 in the 50 free time trial.
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