Feb. 19, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Georgia Tech women’s swimming and diving team set two more school records and is now in 10th place after day two of the ACC Championships Thursday night on the campus of the University of Maryland.
Brittany Gobat shattered a school record in the 200-IM, while the 200-free relay also set a school record finishing in a time of 1:33.16, good for ninth place. Gobat’s time of 2:01.82 placed her 17th and broke a record that has stood since 2003. The 200-free relay team was comprised of Jessie Mason, Heidi Hatteberg, Christine Chuang and Agatha Kwasnik.
Sarah Broadley advanced to the finals of the 500-free and finished 23rd with a time of 4:57.67. In the 50-free, Agatha Kwasnik placed 15th with a mark of 23.21. Both Kwasnik and Broadley recorded faster times in the morning’s prelims session and they were both career highs as well. In the women’s one-meter diving event, Hannah Krimm placed fifth with a score of 288.90.
“Brittany [Gobat] demolished the school record that was set back in 2003,” head coach Stu Wilson said. “It was a great swim and the team did a fantastic job fighting back with 75 percent of the swims today being lifetime bests. Tomorrow should be great day for us.”
Virginia leads the team race with 292 points over North Carolina in second with 220 and Virginia Tech in third with 172.
In the 500-free, Sarah Broadley qualified for the evening’s final session as she placed 24th in prelims with a career-high time of 4:55.55. Also swimming well for the Yellow Jackets were Katie Bond (5:00.15), Jing Li (5:04.36) and Hen Pauker (5:15.68). They finished 32nd, 34th and 38th, respectively.
In the 200 IM, Brittany Gobat set a school record as she placed 23rd with a time of 2:03.22. Ryann Kopacka set a career-high with a time of 2:05.46, good for 33rd place. Jordan Evans finished right behind Kopacka in 34th with a mark of 2:05.63.
The 50-free saw Agatha Kwasnik just miss her own school record by .04 seconds during prelims. She touched the wall in 22.92, which was good for 10th place and a spot in the “B” finals. Christine Chuang (23.63), Heidi Hatteberg (23.69), Keren Siebner (23.80), Taylor Flynn (23.88), Katherine Locker (24.07) and Erin O’Donnell (24.38) all set new career-highs while finishing between 30th and 49th place. Also recording solid swims for the Yellow Jackets in the 50-free were Jessie Mason (23.72) and Lisa Pucci (24.22). They finished 33rd and 45th, respectively.
The ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships run through Saturday, Feb. 21, on the campus of the University of Maryland. Free live streaming video is available through ACC Select. Live results and full recaps each day are available at www.ramblinwreck.com.
Friday’s action features the 400-IM, 100-fly, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back, men’s one-meter diving, women’s three-meter diving and the 400-medley relay. The championship concludes Saturday with the 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly, 400-free relay and both men’s and women’s diving. Preliminaries begin each day at 11:00 a.m., while the finals will take place at 7:00 p.m. each night.
The men’s championships will be next weekend, also in College Park, Md.