NCAA B Cuts Abound on Day Two of Georgia Tech Invitational

By Rebecca Noblett

ATLANTA, Georgia, November 23. GEORGIA Tech’s men retained their lead through the second night of the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational. The Yellow Jackets won four of seven events to earn combined total of 1215 points to lead Tennessee (1011 points) and Florida Atlantic (734 points) with one day of competition left.

The Yellow Jackets started the night with a win in the 200 medley relay. The team of Spencer Johnston, Mark Sarman, Nico van Duijn, and Andrew Kosic touched the wall in 1:29.03, just ahead of Tennessee (1:29.23). Florida Atlantic placed third in a time of 1:35.01.

Tennessee’s Tristan Slater won the 400 IM in a time of 3:56.52. Georgia Tech’s Andreas Nilsson hit the wall second at 3:58.46, just ahead of teammate Michael Kenny (3:58.86). Georgia Tech earned a pair of B-cuts in the 100 fly. Nico van Duijn swam to victory in 47.33, followed by teammate Andrew Kosic (47.61). Tennessee’s Sam Rairden touched third with a time of 48.57.

The 200 free was a close one, with the top three finishers within one tenth of a second of each other. Tennessee sophomore Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom touched first at 1:37.74, followed closely by Georgia Tech’s Mats Westergren (1:37.76) and Florida Atlantic’s Matthieu Barthez (1:37.82). All three swimmers earned NCAA B-cuts.

Tennessee swept the 100 back, with senior Sam Rairden first to the wall in 49.05. Sean Lehane followed in 49.63, and Jimmy Dagley touched third at 50.33. In the 100 breast, Georgia Tech’s Mark Sarman touched first with a time of 55.75. His teammate Anton Lagerqvist (56.20) just touched out Tennessee’s Renato Prono (56.21) for second place.

The Yellow Jackets ended the night with another relay victory. The team of Andrew Kosic, Mats Westergren, Declan Poorman, and Nico van Duijn won the 800 free relay with a dominating time of 6:31.36. Tennessee placed second with a time of 6:39.20, and Florida Atlantic were third (6:40.48).

On the women’s side, Tennessee extended its lead over Florida Gulf Coast with several wins on the night. James Madison won the first relay of the night, though, with the team of Kacy Edsall, Sin Hye Won, Shannon Dubay, and Susanne Gingher touching first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.26. Tennessee came in second (1:41.47) followed by Vanderbilt (1:43.34).

The Volunteers’ Lindsay Gendron earned herself a pair of NCAA B-cuts this evening. Gendron won the 400 IM with a time of 4:17.89. Vanderbilt’s Elly Vanderbilt placed second in 4:21.17, and Tennessee’s Lauren Driscoll touched third at 4:22.10. Gendron touched first again in the 200 free, with an NCAA B-cut time of 1:46.79. Florida Gulf Coast’s Kira Toussaint hit the wall second at 1:48.58, and Georgia Tech’s Hailey White clocked in at 1:49.18 for third.

Miami’s My Fridell improved on her B-cut time from prelims in her 100 fly victory. Fridell hit the wall in a time of 53.70, followed by Florida Gulf Coast’s Emma Svensson (54.65) and Tennessee’s Lindsay Gendron (55.05). In the 100 back, Florida Gulf Coast’s Kira Toussaint blazed past the competition with a B-cut time of 52.62. Vanderbilt’s Chrissy Oberg touched second in 55.25, just ahead of Florida Gulf Coast’s Emma Svensson (55.88).

There were a trio of B-cuts in the 100 breast. James Madison’s Sin Hye Wong cut over two seconds off her prelims time to win with a time of 1:01.24. Vanderbilt’s Elly Faulkner touched second (1:01.71), while Tennessee’s Molly Hannis placed third (1:02.25).
Tennessee won the final relay of the night, with the team of Mary Griffith, Faith Johnson, Lauren Driscoll, and Lindsay Gendron clocking in at 7:20.73 to win the 800 free relay. James Madison (7:24.14) hit the wall just ahead of Georgia Tech (7:24.67) for second.

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