Ross Report Episode #5: Georgia Tech Team Chemistry Translating to Strong Performances in Pool

Photo Courtesy: Danny Karnik

Swimming World presents the video series called the Ross Report. It will be a weekly series where our head video producer Andy Ross will travel around the country to tell the stories of the swimmers and divers you don’t know much about.

Previous Ross Report episodes:

This week’s episode focuses on the Georgia Tech swimming and diving teams that are coming off a very successful fall invitational that they hosted in their home pool. The Yellow Jackets set six school records in Atlanta in November and were highlighted by their men’s 200 medley relay team which put up the fastest time in the nation in the first invite weekend in November. They now sit third.

The Yellow Jackets were in Fort Lauderdale for their training trip the week before Christmas and talked about how their team is the closest it has ever been. Captains Emily Ilgenfritz and Matt Casillas sat down with Ross to talk about how their team chemistry led to the successes in the pool in the fall semester.

The Yellow Jackets are also highlighted by sophomore Caio Pumputis, who is currently ranked second in Division I in the 200 breast and sixth in both the 200 and 400 IM. He talked about how much the team at Georgia Tech helped him adjust to being so far away from his family in Brazil and how much he benefitted from having other international students around him in Atlanta.

With such a close team and a very successful fall invitational behind them, the Jackets are looking for big things in 2019.

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