Georgia Tech swimming & diving opened up the 2017-18 season with wins over Pitt
Georgia Tech swimming & diving held its first official team practice on Tuesday
Georgia Tech swimming and diving posted 17 school records for the championships
Georgia Tech swimming and diving hosts the final day of the ACC Championships on Thursday
Georgia Tech swimming and diving defeated SCAD on Saturday at McAuley Aquatic
2016-17 (Freshman): Made an immediate impact in her first year on The Flats ... Competed for the Jackets in the breaststroke and IM events ... Set new career-best marks in the 100 breast (1:03.34), 200 breast (2:14.33) and 400 IM (4:22.33) at the 2017 ACC Championships ... Recorded the second-fastest time on the year for the Jackets in the 200 breast (2:14.33) ... Also turned in the third-fastest times for Tech on the season in the 100 breast (1:03.34), 200 IM (2:05.16) and 400 IM (4:22.33) ... Had the ninth-best time among all Jackets in the 200 free (1:54.38) ... Totaled 18 top-10 finishes on the season for Tech ... Posted a runner-up finish in the 150 breast (1:44.06) versus Georgia Southern, in the 400 IM (4:29.38) against Notre Dame and in the 400 IM (4:28.17) against both Cincinnati and FAU ... Finished third in the 200 IM (2:08.18) versus Boston College and Pitt, in the 200 breast (2:19.63) against Georgia and in the 200 breast versus Cincinnati and FAU (2:19.89) and against Alabama (2:19.69) ... Touched the wall in fourth-place in the 200 breast (2:22.16) versus BC and Pitt, in the 200 breast (2:20.31) against Notre Dame and in the 200 IM (2:07.61) versus UGA ... Finished 18th in both the 400 IM (4:23.73) and 200 breast (2:17.75) at the Georgia Tech Invitational ... Also placed 20th overall in the 100 breast (1:04.00) at the GT Invite ... Finished 23rd in the 200 breast (2:14.33), 25th in the 400 IM (4:22.33) and 28th in the 100 breast (1:03.34) at the ACC Championship meet.
Before Tech: Lettered for three years at Seven Lakes High School under coach Jordan Beck ... Competed in both the breast and IM events ... Served as a team captain as a senior ... Ranked as high as 11th overall in the state of Texas ... Named to the first-team all-state team in the 100 breast in both 2015 and 2016 ... Earned a spot on the second-team all-state team in the 200 IM in both 2015 and 2016 ... Was an all-state honorable mention selection in 2015 in the 200 medley and 400 free relay events ... Also an all-state honorable mention pick in the 100 breast and 200 free relay in 2013 ... Tabbed the female MVP of the district championship meet in both 2015 and 2016 ... Also named the team MVP in both 2015 and 2016 ... A member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Full name is Kristen Alexandra Hepler ... Born on March 11, 1998 in Hanover Park, Ill. ... Daughter of David and Cristina Hepler ... Has two sisters -- Melissa and Danielle ... Sister, Melissa, swam at Eastern Illinois University ... Enjoys spending time with her family, friends and teammates ... Listed most memorable athletic accomplishment as being congratulated by Olympian Breeja Larson after making her first summer junior national cut in the 200 breast ... Started swimming at the age of six and competitively at the age of eight ... Chose Tech because of the amazing opportunities that it has to offer, the outstanding academics especially in engineering and the great swimming program ... Has not yet decided on a major.
|Hepler's Career Top Times (through 10/7/17)|
|100 Breast||1:03.34||2017 ACC Championships|
|200 Breast||2:14.33||2017 ACC Championships|
|200 IM||2:05.16||2016 GT Invitational|
|400 IM||4:22.33||2017 ACC Championships|