THE FLATS – Another school record perished as Georgia Tech swimming & diving battled to a strong second session on day two in the Georgia Tech Invitational on Friday at the McAuley Aquatic Center.
At the conclusion of day two, the women moved up to third place, tallying 616 points so far while the men stayed in fourth overall with a total of 532 points – just four points shy of third-place South Carolina.
“I thought we did a good job tonight. I think overall we’re doing well. I do think we need to swim a little bit tougher. I think that we can finish some races better and that’s why we’re swimming – we’re learning how to do that,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “I’m super proud of Iris [Wang] for breaking the school record. A great job by Cami [Hidalgo], considering she failed a dive this morning, then still got top 10 and then won the event. Battling back like that takes a lot of mental toughness.”
Hart continued, “We’re looking forward to tomorrow. Tomorrow is one of our better days if you look at it across the board, those are our better events and we’re going to come out strong tomorrow morning.”
The Yellow Jackets conclude the Georgia Tech Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 18. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. with finals starting at 5:30 p.m. The diving finals will begin at approximately 6 p.m.
Freshman Camryn Hidalgo battled back from a shaky start in the 3-meter dive to win the event with a 325.55 finals score after posting a 261.55 prelim tally. Sophomore Carly Doi used a 270.05 prelim score to advance to the finals where she finished fifth overall with a career-best 281.45 finals score, while freshman Paige Gohr finished 10th overall with a 252.45 finals score after a mark of 253.85 in the prelims.
Swim then started with the 400 IM where Kira de Bruyn qualified for the finals with a 10th-place 4:27.11 time, while freshman Julia Shuford made the C finals with a time of 4:33.15. Once in the finals, de Bruyn finished ninth overall in the A finals heat with a 4:23.67 mark, while Shuford led the C finals with a 4:27.80.
Laura Branton led the Jackets in the 100 fly prelims in the morning session, finishing eighth with an NCAA B time of 54.06. Iris Wang finished 13th overall with a career-best time of 54.95 just in front of Chloe Miller who touched in a tie for 14th with a 55.16 time.
Fellow Jacket Morgan Lyons placed 16th in the 100 fly prelims with a time of 55.32 to join Wang and Miller in the B finals, while de Bruyn (55.84) and Maddie Oliver (56.30) both earned spots in the C finals.
In the finals, Branton turned in her second NCAA B time with an eighth-place time of 53.94, while Miller finished fourth in the B finals with a 55.24 mark, finishing ahead of Lyons and her time of 55.87. In the C finals, de Bruyn (55.11) and Oliver (55.64) went 1-2 to lead the swarm.
Tech then had three in the top 10 of the 200 free prelims with Wang winning with a time of 1:46.79 – good for a career-best, an NCAA B time and a new school record. Senior Kaitlin Kitchens was close behind in third place with a personal-record and NCAA B time of 1:47.92 before Emily Ilgenfritz turned in a career-best 1:48.97 for seventh. Advancing to the B finals was Celine Nugent, who finished 14th, Lila Best, Tamir Gonen and Lindsay Wallace who touched the wall in the prelims 18th, 19th and 20th, respectively.
Wang then followed up the prelims with another school-record breaking finals performance, winning the finals with a 1:45.67 NCAA B time. The time eclipses her own previous school record of 1:46.79 in the prelims earlier in the day and of 1:46.94 that she set at the end of last season.
Kitchen then turned in a third-place 1:47.88 NCAA B time in the 200 free finals ahead of Ilgenfritz who finished ninth overall with a 1:49.97 time. Nugent placed third in the B finals (1:50.17) while Best, Wallace and Gonen finished seventh, eighth and 10th overall in the B finals.
In the 100 breast prelims, Florina Ilie finished fourth with an NCAA B time of 1:01.93, while freshman Catriona MacGregor set a new career-best, finishing seventh with a 1:02.55 time. Shuford and fellow freshman Alexandra Nilsson both made the C finals with times of 1:04.04 and 1:04.30, respectively.
In the finals, Ilie finished fourth with an NCAA B time of 1:01.97 while MacGregor finished tied-eighth with a 1:02.81 time. Shuford and Nilsson finished second and third in the C finals with 1:04.26 and 1:04.48 times, respectively.
In the 100 back prelims, Caroline Lee and Megan Young finished in the top 10. Lee finished ninth (54.62), one spot in front of Young who placed 10th (54.64) – both personal records and NCAA B times. Sara Gilbert finished 12th with an NCAA B time and career-best 54.81 to qualify for the B finals. Miller qualified for the B finals with a career-best 55.71 time while Grace Mauldin made the B finals with a career-best time of 55.77 in the morning session.
In the finals, Lee set a faster personal record with a 54.49 NCAA B time that also garnered her seventh place overall, while Young finished ninth with a 55.18 time in the A finals. Gilbert finished third in the B finals with a 54.91 NCAA B time, while Mauldin finished ninth in the B finals with a 55.81 time.
In the 200 medley relay, the team of Young, Ilie, Branton and Wang took third place with a season-best time of 1:39.93, while the unit of Lee, MacGregor, Lyons and Kitchens finished in 10th with a 1:41.26 time.
In the last event of the night, Tech took second in the 800 free relay when the team of Wang, Ilgenfritz, Nugent and Kitchens swam a 7:13.63 time, the third-fastest in school history.
Sophomore Joonas Koski kicked off the morning session for the men with a career-best 400 IM time of 3:52.27 (fourth) – also good for an NCAA B qualifying time. Brennan Day also advanced to the A finals with a sixth-place NCAA B qualifying time of 3:53.84, as did Tim Slanschek who finished in seventh with his time of 3:54.50.
In the 400 IM finals, Day turned in another NCAA B time for fifth place (3:51.67) while Koski finished sixth with a personal-record and NCAA B time of 3:52.40. Pumputis won the B finals with a career-best 3:50.36 time, also good for an NCAA B time, while Williamson placed second behind Pumputis in the B finals with a 3:52.96 NCAA B time.
Junior Matt Casillas led Tech in the 1-meter dive using a 289.15 prelim score to finish fifth overall with a 332.30 finals score. Sophomore Nolan Mallet also finished in the top 10 with a 279.75 finals score after posting a 277.95 prelim outing.
Freshman Christian Ferraro led Tech in the 100 fly prelims with a seventh-place finish and career-best time of 47.78 – also good for an NCAA B time. Also turning in an NCAA B time was Brad Oberg, who finished 10th with a time of 48.11, to join Ferraro in the A finals.
Slanschek also made the B finals in the 100 fly, finishing 13th overall in the prelims with a time of 48.68, while fellow Jackets Clay Hering and Noah Harasz made the C finals with 49.45 and 50.18 times, respectively.
In the A finals, Ferraro finished fifth with a 47.76 time, while Oberg placed ninth with his time of 48.65. Slanschek finished fourth in the B finals (48.80) and Hering placed second in the C finals (49.28).
In the 200 free prelims, Austin Whalen recorded a 15th-place time of 1:39.61 while Harasz finished 17th with a time of 1:39.84 to both reach the B finals. Freshman Jeffrey Murray recorded a career-best time of 1:40.51 (23rd) while sophomores Quentin Talley (1:40.98) and Aidan Pastel (1.41.04) both earned spots in the C finals.
In the finals, Harasz finished second in the B finals with a time of 1:38.34, ahead of Whalen who turned in a time of 1:39.87 to finish seventh in the B finals.
Moises Loschi finished second in the men’s 100 breast prelims with an NCAA B time of 54.03. Also finishing in the top 10 was Jonathan Yang who came in tied-sixth with a career-best 55.42 time, while upperclassmen Alex Kimpel (56.39) and Joseph Portillo (57.36) made the B finals.
In the A finals, Loschi finished second with a NCAA B time of 53.10. Yang placed 10th overall with a 55.70 time. In the B finals, Kimpel finished with a 56.23 time for second, while Portillo touched the wall one spot behind Kimpel in third with a 56.29 time.
Junior Rodrigo Correia led the Jackets in the 100 back prelims, finishing third with an NCAA B time of 47.07. Oberg finished 13th with a 49.01 time while Austin Daniel also qualified for the B finals with a prelims time of 50.24. Leon Warnakulasuriya made the C finals while setting a new personal record with a 50.74 time.
Correia took third overall in the 100 back A finals in the night session with an NCAA B time of 46.62. Oberg won the B finals with a 48.93 time, while Daniel eclipsed his personal-best with a 49.66 fifth-place finish in the B finals. Moved up to the B finals, Warnakulasuriya finished 10th with his time of 51.47 in the backstroke event.
The Yellow Jackets ended day two with a second-place finish in a thrilling 800 free relay, as Pumputis, Correia, Ferraro and Williamson rallied to a 6:25.58 time.
* Junior Iris Wang set a new school record in the women’s 200 free, winning the finals with a 1:45.67 NCAA B time. The time eclipses her own previous school record of 1:46.94 that she set at the end of last season.
* Sophomore Joonas Koski set a new personal-best in the men’s 400 IM prelims with a time of 3:52.27 – also good for an NCAA B qualifying. Koski then added another NCAA B time of 3:52.40 in the finals.
* Sophomore Brennan Day turned in an NCAA B qualifying time of 3:53.84 in the men’s 400 IM prelims. He then went on to set a career-best with another NCAA B time of 3:51.67 in the finals.
* Freshman Caio Pumputis turned in an NCAA B qualifying time of 3:50.36 in the B finals of the men’s 400 IM.
* Junior Colt Williamson turned in an NCAA B qualifying time of 3:52.96 in the B finals of the men’s 400 IM.
* Junior Laura Branton turned in an NCAA B qualifying time of 54.06 in the women’s 100 fly prelims. She then turned in another NCAA B time in the finals (53.94).
* Sophomore Iris Wang set a career-best in the women’s 100 fly prelims with a time of 54.95.
* Sophomore Maddie Oliver tallied a new personal-best in the women’s 100 fly prelims with a time of 56.30.
* Freshman Christian Ferraro turned in a career-best and NCAA B qualifying time of 47.78 in the men’s 100 fly prelims. He then eclipsed that mark with another NCAA B time of 47.76 – good for fifth overall in the finals.
* Senior Brad Oberg turned in an NCAA B qualifying time of 48.11 in the men’s 100 fly prelims.
* Iris Wang turned in an NCAA B qualifying time when she took first place in the women’s 200 free prelims with a 1:46.79 time.
* Senior Kaitlin Kitchens recorded a career-best and NCAA B qualifying time of 1:47.92 (third place) in the women’s 200 free prelims – time is also good for fourth-best all-time for GT. She then eclipsed that time with another NCAA B time of 1:47.21 in the finals.
* Sophomore Emily Ilgenfritz set a new personal record when she recorded a time of 1:48.97 (seventh place) in the women’s 200 free prelims.
* Sophomore Lindsay Wallace set a new personal-best when she finished with a 1:51.64 time in the women’s 200 free prelims. She then eclipsed that time in the finals with a new PR of 1:51.50.
* Junior Megan Hansen set a new career-best with a time of 1:56.73 in the women’s 200 free prelims.
* Sophomore Emily Dykstra had a personal-best time of 1:57.51 in the women’s 200 free prelims.
* Freshman Celine Nugent set a new personal record in the women’s 200 free finals with a 1:50.17 time.
* Junior Florina Ilie turned in an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:01.93 in the women’s 100 breast prelims. Then in the finals, she turned in a second NCAA B time of 1:01.97.
* Freshman Catriona MacGregor set a new personal-best in the women’s 100 breast prelims, turning in a 1:02.55 time – good for fifth all-time.
* Freshman Julia Shuford recorded a new career-best time of 1:04.04 in the women’s 100 breast prelims.
* Freshman Alexandra Nilsson set a new career-best time in the women’s 100 breast prelims with a time of 1:04.30.
* Senior Moises Loschi turned in an NCAA B qualifying time of 54.03 in the men’s 100 breast prelims. He then turned in another NCAA B time of 53.10 in the finals.
* Freshman Jonathan Yang set a new career-best in the men’s 100 breast prelims (55.42).
* Sophomore Caroline Lee set a new personal-best in the women’s 100 back prelims with a 54.62 – also good for an NCAA B qualifying time. She then eclipsed that time with a 54.49 NCAA B time in the finals.
* Senior Megan Young recorded a new personal-best and NCAA B qualifying time of 54.64 in the women’s 100 back prelims.
* Junior Sara Gilbert also recorded a new personal-best and NCAA B qualifying time of 54.81 in the women’s 100 back prelims. She then followed that up with another NCAA B time of 54.91 in the B finals.
* Chloe Miller set a new career-best in the women’s 100 back prelims, finishing with a 55.71 time.
* Freshman Grace Mauldin set a new personal record 55.77 time in the women’s 100 back prelims.
* Junior Rodrigo Correia turned in an NCAA B qualifying time of 47.07 in the men’s 100 back prelims.
* Freshman Austin Daniel set a new personal record 50.24 time in the men’s 100 back prelims.
* Freshman Leon Warnakulasuriya set a new personal-best time of 50.74 in the men’s 100 back prelims.
* Sophomore Carly Doi set a new career-best score in the 3-meter dive with a 281.45 finals score.
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Cami Hidalgo took first in the 3-meter dive on day 2 of the GT Invitational. pic.twitter.com/80cble4QSo
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