THE FLATS – Georgia Tech swimming and diving swept the Emory Eagles in dominating fashion on Saturday afternoon, as the Jackets combined to post 25 first-place finishes, three NCAA B qualifying times and two school records in their final dual meet of the season.
The women’s team defeated the Eagles 150-82, while the men’s team beat Emory 162-56.
“I was really happy. We make sure that we never overlook Emory. They’re obviously NCAA Division III National Champions and they’re a great team. I wanted to make sure we came in with the right mindset because we knew it was going to be an emotional day for our seniors, but really make sure that we were ready to race since it’s our last chance to prepare before championship season,” stated head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “I was really proud of the team and super happy for Matt [Casillas] and Cami [Hidalgo] on the diving boards for setting two school records. Now we’re just looking forward to the ACC Championships in about two weeks.”
The Yellow Jackets will now set their sights on the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C. The women’s championships are slated for Feb. 14-17, while the men’s conference tournament event is set for the next week, Feb. 21-24.
The Yellow Jackets (5-3) touched the wall first in all 13 events on the day, including the two exhibitioned events, and swept the diving events, which included a new school record, to defeat the Emory Eagles 150-82 on Saturday.
Freshman Camryn Hidalgo broke her school record in the 3-meter dive with a career-best mark of 362.10 to earn the victory, holding off fellow teammates Carly Doi (312.60), Paige Gohr (274.20) and Abbey Yates (256.65) who finished second, third and fourth overall in the springboard event.
Hidalgo went on to win the 1-meter dive event as well with a score of 300.98, again finishing ahead of the next three top scores in Doi (271.20), Gohr (235.43) and Yates (221.40).
Tech opened up the meet with a clean sweep at 1-2-3 in the women’s 200 medley relay with the ‘A’ team of seniors Megan Young, Kira de Bruyn, Morgan Lyons and Kaitlin Kitchens leading the swarm with their first-place time of 1:44.09.
Emily Ilgenfritz earned the win in the 1650 free, touching the wall in a time of 17:15.60, while freshman Camille Long (17:33.65) and sophomore Lindsay Wallace (17:52.39) placed third and fourth overall, respectively.
Kitchens picked up the win in the women’s 200 free event with her time of 1:51.25, while Kristen Hepler (1:55.29) and Julia Shuford (1:58.75) also scored for Tech with third and fifth-place finishes, respectively.
Tech took the top three spots in the women’s 100 IM, as Iris Wang led with a first-place time of 58.21. Senior de Bruyn finished right behind her with a second-place 58.63 time, while Celine Nugent tallied a time of 59.24 to finish third. Laura Branton rounded out the top five with a fifth-place time of 59.89.
In the 100 fly, Branton took the top spot with a time of 56.51, placing in front of fellow Jacket de Bruyn who touched in a time of 56.55 for second. Tech continued the sweep at third place where seniors Lyons (56.99) and Young (career-best 57.12) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Tech continued its winning ways in the 100 free, as Wang (50.06), Kitchens (51.72) and Hansen (52.78) placed first, second and third overall, while Ilgenfritz rounded out the top five with a time of 53.17.
Not to be outdone, Caroline Lee (56.10), Allie Paschal (56.20) and Gilbert (56.84) swept the top three spots in the 100 backstroke with Chloe Miller finishing in fifth with her time of 58.20, while Nugent (5:03.87) and Long (5:08.78) followed with a 1-2 finish overall in the women’s 500 free event. Tech’s Wallace earned a fifth-place finish in the 500 free with her time of 5:14.64.
With the meet win already accounted for, the Jackets exhibitioned the last two events in which Florina Ilie (1:04.62) and MacGregor (1:04.78) touched the wall first and second in the 100 breaststroke event and the team of Wang, Ilgenfritz, Paschal and Lyons turned in the fastest time of the day in the 200 free relay.
The men’s team (6-2) got a new school record from Matt Casillas on the 3-meter springboard, posted 12 individual wins and recorded three NCAA B qualifying times in the pool to route the Eagles 162-56 in the final dual meet of the season.
Like fellow teammate and Californian Hidalgo, Casillas swept the diving events with a first-place score of 322.58 and a record-setting score of 424.95 in the men’s 3-meter diving event.
Behind Casillas on the boards was Jacob Kreider, who finished second in both the 1-meter (294.08) and the 3-meter (323.25) dives, Henry Carman who placed third in the 1-meter dive (281.78) and Davis Waln who took home third in the 3-meter (315.08) and fourth in the 1-meter (265.35) on the day.
Both Moises Loschi (54.53) and Caio Pumputis (55.00) posted NCAA B qualifying times in the men’s 100 breaststroke, as Tech exhibitioned the event to due already capturing the team win, while Rodrigo Correia posted an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:37.48 in the men’s 200 free with his first-place finish.
The Jackets kicked off the final home dual meet of the season with both a first-place and runner-up finish in the men’s 200 medley relay, as the ‘A’ team of seniors Brad Oberg, Loschi, Alex Kimpel and Noah Harasz touched the wall first in a time of 1:32.07.
Next in the 200 Free, Correia (1:37.48) and Jeffrey Murray (1:41.12) took the top two spots, while senior Harasz finished third with a time of 1:41.85 two spots ahead of Austin Whalen and his fifth-place time of 1:44.29.
Freshman Corben Miles set a new personal record when he finished first with a time of 20.32 in the 50 free. Franco Reyes finished third with a career-best time of 20.64, placing one spot in front of Aidan Pastel who finished fourth with a 20.93 time.
The Jackets made quick work in the men’s 100 IM, securing the top four spots. Pumputis (48.86) and Jonathan Yang (52.56) led the way at 1-2 with Pumputis’ time ranking as the top time in the NCAA’s this season, while seniors Oberg (52.84) and Kimpel (53.13) finished third and fourth, respectively.
The Tech freshmen continued their dominance in the 100 fly, as Reyes (48.36) and Christian Ferraro (49.11) placed first and second overall, while Harasz (51.25) finished third.
In the 100 free, Correia scored another first-place finish with his time of 44.66 and led a swarm of Jackets in Pastel (45.71), Miles (46.09) and Austin Daniel (46.45) who finished second, third and fourth overall to score points for the home team.
Oberg (51.18), Koski (52.40), Williamson (52.63) and Leon Warnakulasuriya (52.81) placed second, third, fourth and fifth overall in the men’s 100 backstroke, while a quartet of Jackets in Loschi (4:34.31), Ferraro (4:38.24), Clay Hering (4:39.34) and Tim Slanschek (4:43.14) claimed the top four spots in the men’s 500 free event.
Tech closed the meet out with a first-place finish in the 200 free relay, as Miles, Correia, Reyes and Pumputis touched the wall first in a time of 1:21.50 to seal the win for the Yellow Jackets.
* The Yellow Jackets recognized seniors Kira de Bruyn, Megan Hansen, Noah Harasz, Alex Kimpel, Kaitlin Kitchens, Moises Loschi, Morgan Lyons, Brad Oberg and Megan Young prior to the start of the meet as part of the Senior Day festivities.
* Camryn Hidalgo set a new school record and career-best score of 362.10 in the women’s 3-meter dive.
* Matt Casillas set a new school record and career-best mark with a score of 424.95 in the men’s 3-meter dive.
* Rodrigo Correia posted an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:37.48 in the men’s 200 free.
* Moises Loschi recorded an NCAA B qualifying time of 54.53 in the men’s 100 breast.
* Caio Pumputis turned in an NCAA B qualifying time of 55.00 in the men’s 100 breast.
* Carly Doi posted a new career-best score of 312.60 in the women’s 3-meter dive.
* Paige Gohr tallied a new personal-best mark of 274.20 in the women’s 3-meter dive.* Kristen Hepler turned in a new career-best time of 1:55.29 in the women’s 200 free.
* Grace Mauldin recorded a new career-best time of 2:00.59 in the women’s 200 free.
* Rodrigo Correia posted an NCAA B time of 1:37.48 in the men’s 200 free.
* Corben Miles set a new career mark in the men’s 50 free, finishing in 20.32.
* Corben Miles registered a new personal-best mark of 46.09 in the men’s 100 free.
* Franco Reyes turned in a new career-best time of 20.64 in the men’s 50 free.
* Jonathan Vater recorded a new career-best time of 21.97 in the men’s 50 free.
* Joonas Koski posted a new personal-best time of 52.40 in the men’s 100 back.
* Tim Slanschek set a new career-best time of 4:43.14 in the men’s 500 free.
* Megan Young turned in a career-mark of 57.12 in the women’s 100 fly.
+ career-best marks represent times/scores while competing for Georgia Tech
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