THE FLATS – Georgia Tech swimming & diving had a number of international swimmers compete this spring at their countries national championship meets, including Florina Ilie of Romania, Christian Ferraro and Moises Loschi of Italy and Caio Pumputis and Rodrigo Correia of Brazil.
Ilie was the first Jacket to return to her homeland to compete this spring, as the junior took part in the 2018 Romanian National Championships from March 21-25 in Bacau, Romania.
The third-year Jacket posted a pair of first-place finishes and a runner-up showing in the three breaststroke events.
Ilie touched the wall in first-place overall in the 50 meter breast with a time of 32.95 and also earned a win in the 100 meter breast with her first-place time of 1:11.39.
She went on to record a runner-up finish in the 200 meter breast with her time of 2:35.37.
At the 2018 Italian Swimming Championships in Riccione, Italy from April 10-14, both Loschi and Ferraro turned in a pair of top-10 finishes.
Loschi placed fourth overall in both the 100 and 200 meter breast events at the national event. He turned in a time of 1:01.65 in the 100 meter breast event and also posted a time of 2:14.25 in the 200 meter race.
Ferraro recorded a third-place finish in the 200 meter fly event with a time of 1:57.91, which qualified him for the Mediterranean Games this June. His time of 53.12 in the 100 meter fly was good enough for a sixth-place finish overall.
Pumputis and Correia both returned to their home country of Brazil last week to compete at the 2018 Brazilian Championships – Maria Lenk Trophy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from April 17-21.
Swimming for Team Pinheiros, which won the championship in the team event, Pumputis won the A final with a first-place time of 2:11.78 in the 200 meter breast event. He qualified for the A finals heat with his prelims time of 2:13.53.
Pumputis also reached the A final in the 200 meter IM, turning in a finals time of 2:01.02 to place third overall in the event. His finals time of 2:01.02 was more than two seconds faster than his prelims time of 2:03.50.
In the 100 meter breast event, the Tech freshman finished eighth overall in the 100 meter breast A final with a time of 1:01.71, topping his prelims time of 1:01.73.
Correia also swam well at the national meet, as the junior posted a sixth-place finish in the A final of the 200 meter back event with a time of 2:04.09, beating his prelims time of 2:05.05 by almost a full second.
Correia also made it to the A finals in the 50 meter back, where he placed in a tie for sixth overall with a time of 25.75 in the finals heat.
In the 100 meter back, the Tech co-captain touched the wall first in the B final with a time of 56.20. He just missed out on the A final with his prelims time of 56.45.
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