Feb. 20, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – – Ryann Kopacka and Brittany Gobat each set school records as the Georgia Tech women’s swimming & diving team sits in ninth place after three days of competition at the 2009 ACC Championships on the campus of the University of Maryland.
After breaking the school-record with a time of 54.73 in the prelims of the 100 back, Kopacka posted an NCAA B-cut time in the consolation finals Friday, with a 54.80 while placing 13th. Heidi Hatteberg swam a 56.04 which was good for 22nd-place and a career-best for the freshman.
Gobat also broke a school-record on the day with a 1:02.23 for a 10th-place finish and an NCAA B-cut time in the 100 breast consolation finals. Teammate Lisa Pucci swam strong in the same event, as she touched the wall in 15th-place while swimming a career-best 1:03.69. Hen Pauker was the third Jacket to touch the wall in the event, swimming a 1:05.19 that was good for 21st-place.
In the women’s three-meter diving finals, Hannah Krimm placed fifth with a score of 320.00.
“Hannah had some great dives today against the toughest competition ever at ACC’s,” diving coach John Ames said. “I was very proud of Hannah’s ability to nail the dives she did today. She struggled a little in practice on some dives last week, but she nailed them when she needed to tonight.”
Michele Bertolino, meanwhile, placed 14th with a score of 267.65.
In the only men’s event of the weekend, Jacob Tzegaegbe and Dave Springfels took the plank for the Jackets in the one-meter dive. Neither was able to advance to the finals however, as Tzegaegbe scored a 251.60 for a 19th-place finish and Springfels posted a 226.50 tally while finishing 21st.
In the 200 free consolation finals, Agatha Kwasnik improved on her NCAA B-cut time from the prelims to clock a 1:48.06 while finishing 11th. Sarah Broadley (20th) and Keren Siebner (24th) posted times of 1:49.49 and 1:53.31, respectively, in the bonus consolation.
Racing in the 100 fly bonus consolation, Jordan Evans swam a career-high 55.14 for 18th-place, just missing the school record by two-hundredths of a second. Christine Chuang also competed in the race finishing in 24th with a time of 56.03.