Swimming & Diving Makes Successful Debut

Ricky Lehner
Oct. 2, 2015

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THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech swimming & diving team opened its season with positive results at the McAuley Aquatic Center Friday night as the team celebrated Professor Appreciation Day. It was also the team’s Breast Cancer Awareness meet.

The men prevailed over Penn State by a score of 184.00 to 111.00, while the women defeated Liberty, 178.00 to 120.00. The women, however, fell to Penn State by a score of 173.00 to 119.00. The Penn State women also defeated Liberty by a score of 197.00 to 96.00.

Perhaps the most impressive performance on the men’s side came from senior captain Yuval Safra, who won the 1000 freestyle by nearly 14 seconds. Safra also came out on top in the 500 free. Sophomore Moises Loschi also impressed on Friday, winning both the 100 and 200 breast, as well as the 400 medley relay. Brian Woodbury also claimed multiple victories, as he won the 100 and 200 backstroke races.

The women earned a victory in the 400 free relay with a team consisting of Iris Wang, Sarah Gilbert, Morgan Lyons and Efrat Rotsztjen. Rotsztjen also came away with a victory in the 200 breaststroke.

The Jackets did very well in diving, as Shannon Lumbra won both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. Omar Eteiba also won the 3-meter dive.

“I’m very happy with our first competition,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “Obviously our men did a great job from start to finish. I think our women started off a little slow, but definitely turned it around. I was very proud of them for being able to do that in the middle of a meet and finish strong. We’re working hard right now. It’s good to see some good swimming, and we’re looking forward to getting back to work before we travel to West Virginia and Pitt.”

For the second time in program history, Georgia Tech and the CRC will serve as the host site for the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. The Women’s Championships will be held March 16-19, followed by the Men’s Championships March 23-26. Georgia Tech previously hosted the 2007 NCAA Championships and the CRC was also the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics swimming and diving competitions. Admission to all home Georgia Tech swimming events are free and open to the public. Home events are held at the McAuley Aquatic Center located inside the Campus Recreation Center (CRC).

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