Texas A&M Swims to Sweep of Georgia Tech, SCAD

texas-A&m-COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 18, 2020 - Andres Puente Texas A&M Swimming & Diving during the Art Adamson Invite at Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, TX. Photo By Craig Bisacre/Texas A&M Athletics
Andres Puente; Photo Courtesy: Craig Bisacre / Texas A&M Athletics

The No. 15 Texas A&M women’s swimming & diving team defeated Georgia Tech (154-101) and SCAD (156-76) Friday morning inside the McAuley Aquatic Center. The men also completed the sweep.

After a tough battle at Auburn, the Aggies bounced back in Atlanta as Jordan Buechler, Bobbi Kennett, Olivia Theall and Chloe Stepanek kicked off the double-dual with a first-place time of 1:41.89 in the 200 medley relay.

Giulia Goerigk tacked on a pair of top finishes in the 1,000 free (10:10.90) and 200 IM (2:03.60).

Stepanek led the way in the freestyle events with top finishes in the 200 (1:47.78) and 100 (49.96).

The Aggies dominated the backstroke events, filling the top five spots in the 100 with Aviv Barzelay (55.42) leading the way and Sarah Szklaruk Traipe (56.13), Buechler (56.62), Sydney Roycraft (57.26) and Ashley Conrad (57.79) following. The momentum continued in the 200 with top-four times from Barzelay (1:59.49), Szklaruk Traipe (2:02.24), Goerigk (2:04.36) and Roycraft (2:04.65).

The Maroon & White clocked four of the top five times in the 100 breast, led by Charlotte Longbottom going 1:03.01.

Theall contributed more points for Texas A&M as she was the first to touch the wall in the 100 (54.53) and 200 fly (2:00.68).

Rachel Love helped the Aggies pull away with a win in the 500 free, putting up a time of 5:01.78.

Texas A&M finalized its win when the 200 free relay team of JoAnn Adler, Stepanek, Buechler and Andrea Perttula finished first with a time of 1:33.52.

Georgia Tech’s Zora Ripkova won the 100 butterfly (55.51).

SCAD’s Sloan Sizemore won the 50 free (23.20).

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The No. 8 Texas A&M men’s swimming & diving team defeated No. 21 Georgia Tech (163-99) and SCAD (207-53) Friday morning inside the McAuley Aquatic Center.

Looking to bounce back after falling at Auburn, the Aggies kicked off the morning with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay as Ethan Gogulski, Andres Puente, Jace Brown and Kaloyan Bratanov put up a time of 1:28.62.

Kick-starting the individual events, Batuhan Filiz finished on top in the 1,000 free, swimming to a 9:09.62.

Baylor Nelson claimed second in the 200 free (1:38.02), while also adding a pair of top finishes in the 200 back (1:46.54) and the 200 IM (1:48.02). The 100 back was led by Ethan Gogulski, putting up a first-place time of 49.00.

Puente highlighted breaststroke events with top finishes in the 100 (54.57) and 200 (1:59.24).

Notching the top time in the 200 fly, Anze Fers Erzen swam to a 1:48.09 while also tacking on a pair of top-two finishes in the 200 back (1:47.24) and 200 IM (1:50.20). Brown led the pool in the 100 fly, recording a 48.32.

Guiding the Aggies in the freestyle sprints, Connor Foote finished third in the 50 (20.73) and Collin Fuchs secured second in the 100 (45.04).

Ensuring the win against both teams, A&M’s 200 free relay of Foote, Carter Nelson, Fuchs and Nelson took first with a time of 1:21.30.

Georgia Tech’s Berke Saka, Daniel Kertesz, Leandro Odorici and Will Coady won the 200 medley relay (1:28.32). Batrualp Unlo won the 200 free (1:37.30), 500 free (4:24.45) and the 100 free (44.82). Coady won the 50 free (20.60).

— Portions of the above story were posted by Swimming World in conjunction with Texas A&M Athletics. For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact Advertising@SwimmingWorld.com.

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