Two school records fall as men finish third, women finish fourth
Iris Wang breaks her own 200 free school record; Camryn Hidalgo wins 3-meter dive
Ilgenfritz, Williamson set school records in 500 free
Georgia Tech swimming & diving will host the Georgia Tech Invitational on Nov. 16-18
Georgia Tech swimming & diving completed its second sweep of the season with both the men and women defeating Northwestern on Saturday
2016-17 (Sophomore): Had a strong sophomore season in which she set five school records while competing for the Jackets in the 50 free, 100 fly and 200 fly events on the year ... Set the Tech school record in the 100 fly (52.64) and the 200 fly (1:57.47) events ... Also was a part of the 200 free relay (1:30.73), 200 medley relay (1:38.50) and 400 medley relay (3:37.26) record setting squads ... Recorded the fourth-fastest time on the year for Tech in the 50 free (23.32) and the sixth-best mark in the 200 IM (2:10.87) ... Totaled 13 total top-10 finishes on the year, despite missing the first two meets of the season ... Won the 200 fly (2:02.68) in the double-dual meet with Florida State and SCAD ... Also finished runner-up in the 100 fly (55.27) in the meet against FSU and SCAD and in the 200 fly (2:02.44) versus Alabama ... Turned in a third-place finish in the 100 fly (55.93) and a fifth-place finish in the 200 fly (2:02.75) in the dual meet against Georgia ... Also posted a fifth-place finish in the 100 fly (53.70) at the Georgia Tech Invitational and in the 50 free (24.22) against Alabama ... Finished 10th overall in the 200 fly (1:57.57) and 12th in the 100 fly (52.64) at the 2017 ACC Championships ... Swam in the 100 fly (53.32) and 200 fly (1:58.31) at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet.
2015-16 (Freshman): Made an immediate impact on the team ... Helped lead two record-breaking relays as the fly leg in both the 200 and 400 medley relay units along with Maddie Paschal, Florina Ilie and Iris Wang ... Recorded the fastest times of the season for Tech in the fly events with a time of 54.11 in the 100 fly and a time of 1:59.48 in the 200 fly ... Broke her first school record at the ACC Championships in the 200 medley relay with Paschal, Ilie and Wang, topping the old record by three seconds ... Swam in the C-final of the 100 fly at the ACC Championships with a career-best time of 54.11, ranking her third in Tech history ... Found herself on another record-breaking relay with Paschal, Ilie and Wang in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:39.92 ... Finished a career-best 14th-place in the 200 fly at the ACC Championships making her the top finisher for Tech in the event ... Recorded a top-four time for the Yellow Jackets on the season in the 100 free ... Also posted a top-eight time in the 50 free and the second-fastest 100 IM time by a Jacket on the year.
Before Tech: Lettered for four years in swimming at Oakton High School in Oakton, Va. ... Was a senior captain ... Was an all-American in the 100 fly, 200 free relay and 400 free relay ... Also received all-American consideration in the 50 free and 100 free ... Her high school team won district, regional and state championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 ... Was named to the honor roll and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Full name is Laura Elizabeth Branton ... Daughter of Steve and Leisa Branton ... Born Dec. 14, 1996 in Oakton, Va. ... Has one brother, Matthew ... Started swimming at the age of six ... Majoring in business administration.
|Branton's Career Top Times (through 11/30/17)|
|50 Free||23.32||2017 ACC Championships|
|100 Free||51.59||2015 Georgia Tech Invitational|
|100 Fly||52.64||2017 ACC Championships|
|200 Fly||1:57.47||2017 ACC Championships|
|100 IM||1:00.24||vs. Georgia (11/4/15)|