THE FLATS – After going 2-1 on the weekend and improving to 3-1 on the season, Georgia Tech men’s swimming and diving shot up the national rankings to No. 17 in the CSCAA Division I Poll, the association announced Wednesday.
The Yellow Jackets have started the season strong with decisive wins over Florida State, Pitt and SCAD, while only dropping a heartbreaking two-point setback to nationally ranked Notre Dame.
Georgia Tech has been led by committee during the opening month of the season as a host of Jackets have carried them to victory.
Caio Pumputis has yet to drop a race this season and won four individual events (100 IM, 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 breast) last weekend, including winning the 100 IM with the country’s fastest time this season – also good for a personal record. Matt Casillas also was able to take the 1-meter diving event against Notre Dame, while finishing second in the 3-meter. Corben Miles captured first place in the 50 free, while Rodrigo Correia and Christian Ferraro were able to take second and third, respectively, in the 200 free.
In the relays, Georgia Tech won two impressive races for the meet. Correia, Pumputis, Ferraro and Miles battled hard to a first-place time in the neck-and-neck 200 medley relay before Darren Lim, Albert Zhi, Austin Daniel and Aidan Pastel fought to win the 400 free relay with a sub-3-minute time.
Also finishing second for the Yellow Jackets was Jacob Kreider (1-meter), Ferraro (100 fly), and freshmen Lim (100 free) and Kyle Barone (100 back).
Georgia Tech will take a few weeks off from competition before getting back in the pool for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Purdue on Nov. 10-11.
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