Georgia Tech Overwhelms Navy

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, October 4. GEORGIA Tech won 24 of 32 events to sweep their meet against Navy on Saturday afternoon, their second meet in two days after facing Penn State on Friday. The Yellow Jacket men came out ahead 175.5-122.5, while the women earned a 162-130 victory.

Georgia Tech Press Release

The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept all four relays and the divers were strong again en route to convincing wins over Navy on Saturday in Annapolis, Md.

Scoring

• Saturday’s meet with the Naval Academy was contested in short-course meters. The Tech men cruised to a convincing 175.5-122.5 triumph, while the women led wire-to-wire in their 162-130 victory. Both the men and women improved to 1-1 on the young season.

Men’s Highlights

• The men swept both relays, taking the 200 medley relay in 1:40.82 and the 400 free relay in 3:22.70.
• Yuval Safra was impressive, rallying from a length down in the 800 free to win that event in a time of 8:15.86. Safra (4:31.28) and Ben Southern (4:31.58) went 1-2 in the 400 IM.
• Senior Andrew Kosic has another strong meet as the reigning All-American anchored the winning 200 medley relay with a lightning-fast split of 21.8, led off the winning 400 free lay with a split of 49.5 and won the 50 free (22.43) and the 100 free (50.01).
• Sophomore Brad Homza swept the diving events for the second meet in a row, scoring 328.35 points on the 1-meter and 353.55 points on the 3-meter.
• Led by Robert Borowicz, the Jackets swept the top three spots in the 200 back. Borowicz (2:03.13), was followed by Brad Oberg (2:05.29) and Mark Keaveney (2:06.03).
• Brian Woodbury (56.26) and Oberg (57.73) were first and third in 100 back.
• Nico van Duijn (54.72) and Mark Sarman (55.18) went first and third in the 100 fly.

Women’s Highlights

• The women swept both relays, winning the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:57.32 and the 400 free relay in 3:55.80.
• Kate Woolbright won both distance freestyle events, putting down a winning time of 9:06.11 in the 800 free and going 1-2 with Chiara Ruiu in the 800 free.
• Ruiu (2:07.38) and Erika Staskevicius (2:07.71) went 1-2 in 200 free. That pair also finished first and third, respectively, in the 100 free.
• Efrat Rotsztejn also enjoyed a strong meet for the second straight day, winning both the 100 breast and the 200 IM and finishing second to Darelle Cowley in the 200 breast.
• Freshman Alex Rieger won her first two career events, taking the 50 free (26.91) and the 200 back (2:16.65).
• Senior Kate Brandus was victorious in a pair of individual events, winning the 100 fly (1:03.95) and the 200 fly (2:21.07).
• Shannon Lumbra swept the diving events, winning on the 1-meter with a score of 293.25 and leading Jackets in the top three spots on the 3-meter with her 326.70 points.
Quotes from head coach Courtney Shealy Hart
• “That was a really good bounce-back for us after last night at Penn State and I’m excited about the results. In the past, we have not handled back-to-back meets well so win today was good to see.”
• “Both teams got contributions up and down our lineup and that’s encouraging to see. We just went out and raced today, and with the meet in meters, we didn’t worry about time expectations. We need that mentality all the time.”
• “Andrew Kosic was impressive again. Not only is he winning, but he’s swimming fast times. I thought Alex Rieger stepped up and was proud of her. Robert (Borowicz) had another strong meet and I was happy to see Yuval bounce back after getting out-touched in the 400 free to win the 400 IM.”
• “It was another great meet from our divers with Brad and Shannon sweeping and the women going 1-2-3 on the 3-meter.”

Up Next

• Georgia Tech welcomes Notre Dame and South Carolina on Friday, October 17th in the Yellow Jackets’ 2014-15 home opener. The meet begins at 4 p.m. at the GT Aquatic Center.

Navy Press Release

Tom Duvall (Jr., Durham, N.H.) and Marlin Brutkiewicz (So., Mobile, Ala.) each won a pair of events to highlight the individual efforts of the Navy swimming diving programs in losses by the Mids to Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis. The Yellow Jackets posted a 162-130 victory in the women’s meet and a 175.5-122.5 win in the men’s contest.

The meet was the season opener for both Navy programs and was the second in as many days for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech’s season began Friday with each squad losing at Penn State.

“I think what we did today time wise will compare well with what we have done in the past during meets at this time of the year,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “I was real happy with that. Racing wise, I was pleased with how we raced. Obviously we would have liked the outcome to be different, but overall I thought it was a real solid effort by the entire team today.

“I give Georgia Tech the credit for wanting to come here. They were coming through the area and wanted to get another meet in. I thought it would be a great idea. It was a competitive meet with great racing and was a good way to start the season with getting right after it and begin the year strong. There weren’t any easy races.”

“First of all, hats off to Georgia Tech for swimming a heck of a meet,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison. “They certainly were very sharp today. We have a lot of work to do, but for the first week of October I thought we did pretty well. We received some good swims from our freshman class, which is great to see in their first meet on the level, and our upper class had some good spots too. It was great to get some rust off of us today, and now we have to get after it again next week.”

Duvall picked up Navy’s first win of the day with his clocking of 1:51.88 in the 200m freestyle. That posting gave him the victory by nearly one-half of a second. He would later record a time of 3:58.79 to win the 400m freestyle by over six-tenths of a second.

Brutkiewicz swept the two breaststroke events on the day, winning the 100m event of the stroke with a time of 1:02.94 and the 200m edition in a time of 2:18.33. He won the former race by three-quarters of a second and the latter by just under three seconds.

“Tom was really good today,” said Roberts. “He had two very good individual races. If you look at how he swam, he was very good with calculating his effort and knowing when to kick it in, so I was happy to see him have success today.

“Marlin took good control of his races. He didn’t just jump out early and hold on. He got stronger as he went on through the race.”

Also winning a race on the day for Navy was Jonathan DeBaugh (Jr., Conroe, Texas), who won the 200m butterfly with a clocking of 2:01.89. He would beat Georgia Tech’s Ben Southern to the wall by nine-hundredths of a second.

Debaugh also recorded one of the eight second-place showings by the Navy men’s team with his runner-up placing in the 100 fly. Duvall finished second in the 100 fly, Mathias Porter (Fr., Signal Mountain, Tenn.) was second to Brutkiewicz in the 200 breast, Alex Nickell (Jr., Loveland, Colo.) placed second in the 800m free, Joe Lane (So., Durham, N.H.) finished in second place in the 100m backstroke and Dain Bomberger (Sr., Lititz, Pa.) was the runner-up in the 50m free. In the diving events, Navy’s Frank Love (Jr., Atlanta, Ga.) placed second on the one-meter board with teammate Nate Belch (Fr., Tucson, Ariz.) recording a second-place showing on the three meter.

Members of the Navy women’s team combined for nine second-place finishes in the 14 individual events contested on the day, with Hanna Gillcrist (So., Burlington, Ky.) and Jenny Smith (Fr., Columbus, Ohio) each recording a pair of second-place showings. Gillcrist finished in second place in the 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly events, while Smith placed second in the 800m freestyle and 200m butterfly races.

Also finishing in second place for the Mids were Kaitlyn O’Reilly (Fr., Farmington, Minn.) in the 100m backstroke, Brianna Bilunas (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) in the 50m freestyle, Maddi Thompson (Jr., Jersey Shore, Pa.) in the 100m freestyle, Emily Ranzau (Fr., Johns Creek, Ga.) in the 200m backstroke and Julie Jesse (Jr., Edwardsburg, Mich.) on the one-meter springboard diving event.

“Some of our depth really came through,” said Morrison. “Megan Reutzel (Jr., The Woodlands, Texas) has been working really hard at trying to change some things and did a fantastic job. Jenny, we knew she was going to be good and she was very strong in her first collegiate meet, as was Kaitlyn. We have a good core group. I think we are a very deep team. It is just a matter of having a few folks step up, as well as getting healthy.”

Both Navy teams will be back in Lejeune Hall Friday when the Mids play host to George Mason.

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Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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