NC State Beats Georgia Tech Despite Ayalon’s Three Wins

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 25. DESPITE three individual victories from senior All-American Shilo Ayalon, the Georgia Tech men's swimming and diving team (3-6, 1-3 ACC) fell to NC State, 149-114, at the Wolfpack's William Casey Aquatic Center. NC State also defeated the Tech women (4-5, 1-3 ACC) by a score of 176-88.

Ayalon led a very strong showing by the Tech distance swimmers, posting wins in the 500- (4:37.04) and 1000-yard freestyle (9:24.52), as well as the 400-yard individual medley (4:01.80).

Tech's men showed a great deal of depth in the distance events, placing first through third in the 1000 free and first through fourth in the 500 free. Freshman Sam Morgan finished second in both events.

Tech's men also picked up victories from senior Robbie Foster, who won the 100 breast in a season-best mark of 57.07, and junior Itai Eden, who took the 200 fly in 1:53.03.

Sophomore Lisa Hancock, who won a pair of events against Duke Friday, continued a solid weekend against the Wolfpack. She placed first in the 1000 free in 10:27.74 and finished second in the 200 fly with a season-best mark of 2:05.83.

Classmate Anna Saum also enjoyed a strong afternoon, as she placed first in the 100 fly with a season-best time of 58.39. Freshman Meghan DeVinney was second in the event. Saum also took second in the 100 back in 58.54.

The women also earned a win in the 200 free relay, as the team of Moeko Wallis, Jill Vukmanic, Jaclyn Keys, and Jennifer Christenson posted a time of 1:39.03. Wallis also took second in both the 50 and 100 free.

Other season-bests for Tech came from senior Tomonori Tsuji, who went 2:02.69 to take second in the 200 fly, and freshman Laura Heiser, who went 2:27.00 in the women's 200 breast. The men's 200 medley relay team also went a season-best time of 1:32.72.

Junior Paul McCarty (303.975) placed second in the men's one-meter diving, while freshman Laurissa Prystaj (280.25) was the runner-up on the women's one-meter board.

The Jackets return to action Saturday, February 1, in a double dual meet against Maryland and North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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