THE FLATS – Georgia Tech swimming and diving saw both its men’s and women’s teams atop in the scores at the conclusion of the first day of its meet against Denver at the McAuley Aquatic Center on Friday afternoon.
The 19th-ranked men’s team currently lead the Pioneers 103-63, while the women currently holds a 92-74 lead.
The Yellow Jackets started the day by honoring its faculty, holding their Faculty Appreciation Day. The team invited professors of their classes from all over the Georgia Tech campus to come out and enjoy the meet.
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Tech will finish its two-day dual against Denver on Saturday, Jan. 26. Racing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., but the day will feature Senior Day festivities prior to the start.
Tech took went 1-2-3 in the 1-meter diving event. Matt Casillas finished first with 353.85 before Jacob Kreider (294.30) and Henry Carman (283.58) finished second and third, respectively. Jonathan Yang (56.16) and Albert Zhi (56.70) then finished first and second, respectively, in the 100 breast.
Then for swimming, freshman Tanner Doan led the way in the 200 IM, finishing first with a time of 1:51.25. Also finishing in the top-5 for Tech was Tim Slanschek, who swam a 1:54.31.
Senior Rodrigo Correia turned on the jets late with a 28.30/25.50 split over the last 100 to win, while Colt Williamson (1:48.88) and Kyle Barone (1:49.71) finished third and fourth.
Not to be outdone was Caio Pumputis who took first place in the 100 free in a neck-and-neck battle, edging out Denver’s swimmer by 0.03 seconds. Darren Lim also finished third with a time of 44.82 while Corben Miles scored from fifth place, swimming a 45.77.
In the final individual event of the day, Clay Hering was able to take a nearly two-second victory in the 200 fly, finishing with a time of 1:47.90, just ahead of teammate Tim Slanschek, who finished second at 1:49.38.
The men’s team was able to win the 400 medley relay in a close battle. The team of Correia, Yang, Pumputis and Lim finished atop the podium with a time of 3:18.55 – 0.33 seconds ahead of Denver – to cap the day.
Finishing second on the day was Brennan Day, who turned in a fine performance in the 1000 free (9:27.66) before Cale Russell (9:34.52) and Clark Wakeland (9:37.52) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The Yellow Jackets also led off the day with a second-place finish in the 200 free relay as the team of Corben Miles, Darren Lim, Austin Daniel and Rodrigo Correia swam a 1:22:54.
Emily Ilgenfritz then dominated the 1000 free field, finishing first by more than 14 seconds, turning in a time of 10:00.06. Finishing just behind her in second and third place was freshman Morgan Johnson (10:14.33) and Camille Long (10:19.35), respectively.
Ilgenfritz wouldn’t be done, however, as she also went on to win the 200 fly race, edging out Denver by 0.08 seconds with a 2:02.69 final time. Also scoring for Tech in the 200 fly was Chloe Miller (2:06.09) and senior Lila Best (2:06.32), who finished third and fourth, respectively.
In the 1-meter diving event, Camryn Hidalgo took her third-straight win by scoring 308.70, before Carly Doi finished third with 225.00.
Tech finished first and second in the 200 IM to start the day. Catriona MacGregor took the top spot with a 2:04.04 while Kristen Hepler finished second at 2:05.88. Also finishing in the top 5 was freshman Nicole Williams, who turned in a time of 2:07.55. Senior Iris Wang then won her first event of the day in the 100 free, swimming a 50.44 for the gold. Celine Nugent was also able to score for the Jackets in the 100 free with a fifth-place 53.14.
Georgia Tech started off the day by finishing second in the 200 free relay as Wang, Nugent, Ilgenfritz and MacGregor. They would then conclude the day with a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay as Allie Paschal, Williams, Miller and Wang swam a 3:44.61.
Williams also finished second in the 100 breast by swimming a 1:04.29 before senior Florina Illie finished third with a 1:05.08. Finishing 2-3-4 in the 200 back was Paschal, Caroline Lee and Sara Gilbert. Paschal led all Jackets with a time of 2:00.73 – less than a second off the lead – while Lee (2:02.30) and Gilbert (2:03.76) finished third and fourth, respectively.
- Freshman Daniel Jacobs turned in a career-best time of 9:46.81 in the men’s 1000 free.
- Sophomore Aidan Brook swam a career-best 9:49.17 in the men’s 1000 free.
- Sophomore Albert Zhi recorded a personal-best time of 56.70 in the men’s 100 breast.
- Freshman Gabriel Munoz turned in a career-best time of 1:53.16 in the men’s 100 fly.
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