Gold Leads White After Day One of Intrasquad Competition

Sept. 29, 2017

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THE FLATS - On day one of the annual Georgia Tech swimming & diving White vs. Gold meet, the two teams went neck-and-neck for most of the intrasquad meet with the Gold Team taking a 167-129 lead over the White Team after 16 events on Friday afternoon at the McAuley Aquatic Center.

"Really excited for today, I thought we had some great first-meet swims. I'm really excited for what some of our younger class - freshman in particular - did today. I'm just looking forward to tomorrow and more racing and getting a really good feel for where we are as well as getting ready for our first dual meet next Friday," commented head coach Courtney Shealy Hart.

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action for day two of the White vs. Gold meet tomorrow morning, Saturday, Sept. 30, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET. Diving is set to begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. ET.

Gold Team's Highlights

The Gold Team led off the meet with a win in the 200 freestyle relay, as the team of Allie Paschal, Laura Branton, Emily Ilgenfritz and Kaitlin Kitchens (judges' decision) narrowly edged out the White Team for the win.

The Jackets in gold swept the 500 freestyle races with Ilgenfritz winning the women's heat with a time of 4:56.95, while junior Rodrigo Correia won the men's race with his time of 4:38.81.

Junior Florina Ilie and freshman Jonathan Yang continued the winning ways for the Gold squad in the 100 breast, as Ilie took first-place on the women's side with a time of 1:05.36 followed by Yang's win in the men's race with his time of 57.16.

Paschal made it four wins in a row with her winning time of 2:02.94 in the 200 back, before the White Team posted a win in the men's 200 back event.

In the 200 fly, the Gold Team ran away with both the women's and men's race, as Branton took home the victory in the women's event with her time of 2:05.60, while freshman Christian Ferraro picked up the win in the men's 200 fly.

The Gold Team closed Friday's action out with back-to-back wins in the 400 medley relay. The team of Paschal, Ilie, Branton and Kitchens touched the wall first on the women's side with a time of 3:47.05, while the men's squad of Correia, Joseph Portillo, Ferraro and Jeffrey Murray took first place overall with a time of 3:23.13.

White Team's Highlights

The first win of the day for the White Team came in the 200 freestyle relay, as the team of Caio PumputisCorben Miles, Brad Oberg and Noah Harasz were victorious in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:22.94.

The White Team swept the 200 IM events, as freshman Catriona MacGregor took first place in the women's race with a time of 2:04.82, while fellow newcomer Pumputis touched the wall first in the men's event with a time of 1:48.11.

Sophomore Joonas Koski got the White squad back on track in the 200 back, as he touched the wall in first-place with a time of 1:50.65.

Veterans Iris Wang and Harasz followed with back-to-back wins for the White Team in the 100 free. Wang sprinted out for the win with a time of 50.39 in the women's race, while Harasz earned a first-place finish with his time of 45.32 in the men's heat.

Tech Tidbits

* Christian Ferraro, Caio Pumputis and Clay Hering all set a new intrasquad meet record in the men's 200 fly event (previous record - Ben Southern, 1:50.14)

* The 200 free relay team of Pumputis, Corben Miles, Brad Oberg and Noah Harasz set a new White vs. Gold meet record with their time of 1:22.94.

* Iris Wang topped her own meet record in the 100 free with her time of 50.39.

* Emily Ilgenfritz recorded a new intrasquad meet record in the women's 500 free with a time of 4:56.95.

* Allie Paschal and Caroline Lee both set a new intrasquad meet record in the women's 200 back race (previous record - Alex Rieger, 2:04.71).

* Paschal recorded a new meet record in the 100 back with her 400 medley relay split of 56.06.

* Both Catriona MacGregor and Celine Nugent topped the meet record in the women's 200 IM (previous record - Kira de Bruyn, 2:06.10).

* Two teams broke the meet record in the women's 200 free relay event (previous record - 1:36.07).

* Two relay units also set a new meet record in the women's 400 medley relay event (previous record - 3:50.48).

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