Oct. 22, 2016
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech swimming and diving teams recorded a number of personal-best times, as well as four more NCAA ‘B’ qualifying marks on Saturday in its dual meet with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga.
“I’m proud of the way that everybody fought, but obviously we want to win. I think we raced hard and I think we raced with our hearts. I think we saw some really good things. We’ve been working really hard and it was good to be in a fight,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “That’s what college swimming is all about. That’s what college dual meets are all about. It was tied going into the last relay today and obviously you want to be in the position to win those.”
Highlighted by six second-place finishes, the women’s team fell to the Fighting Irish 274-79 to fall to 2-2 overall in dual meet action on the season.
The men’s team, who had two more wins apiece from both Rodrigo Quadros Correia and Moises Loschi on Saturday, pushed the Irish to the very end before falling in the last race of the day to drop the dual to Notre Dame 181-172. The loss is the first of the season for the men’s team who is now 2-1 overall in dual meets on the season.
The women’s team kicked off Saturday morning with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, as the team of Maddie Paschal, Florina Ilie, Morgan Lyons and Chiara Ruiu touched the wall in a time of 1:43.86, a Tech season-best on the year. The unit of Sara Gilbert, Kristen Hepler, Laura Branton and Megan Hansen placed fifth with their time of 1:46.97.
Freshman Emily Ilgenfritz posted a runner-up finish in the 1000 free with a time of 10:22.15. The mark was the fastest time this season for Tech in the 1000 free and also ranks as the seventh fastest time in the women’s 1000 free event in Tech’s history. Ilgenfritz finished three spots in front of fellow newcomer Kelli Croft who placed fifth overall with a time of 10:39.26.
In the 400 IM, the Yellow Jackets went second and third overall, as Hepler recorded a second-place showing with her time of 4:29.38, placing just in front of fellow teammate Kira de Bruyn and her third-place time of 4:30.04.
Sophomore Iris Wang placed second overall in the 200 free with a Tech season best time of 1:49.62, while fellow teammate Ruiu finished in fifth with a time of 1:52.76.
Tech took three of the top-five spots in the 100 breast event led by Paschal’s second-place finish with her time of 56.27. Gilbert placed third overall with a time of 56.49, while freshman Carrie Lee touched the wall in fifth with her time of 58.08.
Transfer Kaitlin Kitchens recorded a third-place finish in the 100 fly event with a personal best time of 56.34, which was also the top time in the 100 fly event this season for the Yellow Jackets.
Wang and Kitchens finished third and fourth overall, respectively, in the 50 free event, as Wang’s time of 23.55 edged Kitchens and her time of 23.62 for the top-three finish.
The Yellow Jackets went fourth and fifth in the 200 breast, as Hepler touched the wall in fourth with a personal best and Tech season best time of 2:20.31 just in front of Ilie and her fifth-place time of 2:21.26.
The 400 free relay team of Wang, Kitchens, Ilgenfritz and Ruiu closed the meet out on a high note, as they touched the wall in second-place overall with a time of 3:24.99. Their time of 3:24.99 is the ninth fastest time in the 400 free relay in Tech history.
In the 3-meter springboard dive, the Yellow Jackets’ Andrea Demick placed third overall with a score of 265.43, while freshman Carly Doi earned a point for the Jackets’ with her sixth-place finish and score of 239.10.
The duo would both score for Tech in the 1-meter dive as well, as Doi finished third with a score of 251.93 and Demick placed fifth with a score of 240.08.
The relay squad of Mark Keaveney, Loschi, Ben Southern and Aidan Pastel recorded a second-place team finish in the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay, with their time of 1:31.15, while the ‘B’ team of Alex Goerzen, Alex Kimpel, Brad Oberg and Robert Borowicz placed fourth overall with a time of 1:32.77.
Correia, who posted two individual wins on Friday, continued where he left off by touching the wall in an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 1:37.53 for a first-place finish in the 200 free event. His time was also a Tech season-best mark.
Also scoring for the Yellow Jackets in the 200 free was Dan Cohen Solal who earned a fourth-place finish with his time of 1:41.36.
The sophomore followed that win up with a first-place finish in the 100 back event with a time of 48.97, also a season-best mark for the Yellow Jackets. Correia placed ahead of fellow Jacket swimmers’ Goerzen (49.99) and Keaveney (50.19) who finished in third and fourth, respectively in the race.
Loschi posted the first of his two wins on Saturday in the 200 breast event, as he pulled away from the field in the last lap to turn in an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 1:57.89, also a Tech season-best mark on the year. Behind Loschi was Kimpel who finished in second-place in the 200 breast with his time of 2:01.92 and Joseph Portillo who placed fifth with a time of 2:05.33.
Loschi’s second win of the day came in the 1000 free, as the junior touched the wall in a time of 9:23.44, almost a full seven seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Sophomore Colt Williamson finished in third with a time of 9:32.27, while freshman Brennan Day touched the wall in fifth with a personal best time of 9:33.19.
Day also earned a runner-up finish in the 400 IM event, touching the wall in a time of 4:00.20 to lead the Jackets, while Williamson picked up a fifth-place finish in the race with his time of 4:30.65 to score for Tech.
Southern placed third in the 100 fly event with a time of 48.72, which is a Tech best this season, while Oberg touched the wall in fifth-place overall with his time of 49.87.
Pastel added a fifth-place finish in the 50 free with his time of 21.04, marking both a Tech season-best mark and a personal-best time for the freshman.
Matt Casillas scored the win in the 3-meter diving event with a season best and NCAA ‘B’ cut score of 360.15. Fellow diver Omar Eteiba placed third overall with a score of 310.50, while Nolan Mallet placed fourth with a final score of 307.65.
The three Tech scorers in the 3-meter diving event would send the meet to the final event tied at 168-168.
In the final event, the 400 free relay, Notre Dame turned in a time of 2:58.42 to edge the Yellow Jackets’ squad of Southern, Cohen Solal, Zimowski and Correia and their second-place time of 3:01.89 to escape with the head-to-head meet win.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will be back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 2, as the Yellow Jackets will host UGA at 4 p.m. in the McAuley Aquatic Center.
* The team of Maddie Paschal, Florina Ilie, Morgan Lyons and Chiara Ruiu turned in a Tech season best time of 1:43.86 in the 200 medley relay.
* Iris Wang turned in a Tech season best time of 1:49.62 in the 200 free event.
* Lindsay Wallace recorded a personal best time of 1:58.29 in the 200 free.
* Kaitlin Kitchens turned in a personal best time of 56.34 in the 100 fly, which is also a Tech season-best mark on the year.
* Chloe Miller registered a personal best time of 57.44 in the 100 fly.
* Kristen Hepler posted a personal best and a Tech season best time of 2:20.31 in the 200 breaststroke.
* Emily Ilgenfritz set a personal best mark of 10:22.15 in the 100 free, which also ranks as the seventh fastest time in Tech history.
* Sara al Khatib recorded a personal best mark of 10:43.17 in the 1000 free.
* The 400 free relay unit of Iris Wang, Kaitlin Kitchens, Emily Ilgenfritz and Chiara Ruiu touched the wall in a time of 3:24.99, which ranks as the ninth best time in Tech history and a top-time for the Yellow Jackets this season.
* Rodrigo Quadros Correia posted an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 1:37.53, which was also a Tech season-best mark, in the 200 free. He also posted a team-best time of 48.97 in the 100 back event.
* Ben Southern registered a Tech season best time of 48.72 in the 100 fly.
* Clay Hering touched the wall in a personal best time of 50.44 in the 100 fly event.
* Tim Slanschek turned in a personal best time of 51.40 in the 100 fly.
* Moises Loschi registered an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 1:57.89, also a Tech season-best time, in the 200 breast event. He also turned in a season best time of 9:23.44 in the 1000 free event.
* Aidan Pastel posted a personal best mark of 21.04 in the 50 free, also a Tech season-best time.
* Oskar Zimowski recorded a personal best time of 21.09 in the 50 free.
* Brennan Day turned in a personal best mark of 9:33.19 in the 1000 free.
* Matt Casillas posted a score of 360.15 in the 3-meter dive, an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying score and a season-best mark for the Jackets.
* The time of 3:01.89 in the 400 free relay by Ben Southern, Dan Cohen Solal, Oskar Zimowski and Rodrigo Quadros Correia was a team-best mark this season.
+ (personal best times reflect their top times at Georgia Tech)
For the latest information on Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Swimming & Diving, follow us on Twitter (@GTSwimDive), Instagram (@GTSwimDive), and Facebook (Georgia Tech Swimming & Diving) or visit us at www.ramblinwreck.com.
— Ga Tech Swim & Dive (@GTSwimDive) October 22, 2016