Georgia Tech - Day One


The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams
finished the first day in with both teams currently sitting in third
place at the Georgia Tech Invitational after Friday’s action.

The men’s 200 free relay team of Eric Bruck, Myles Oliver, Seth
Broster and Chris Dart finished third with a time of 1:21.86.  Top 25
ranked Florida State and Florida edged them out to finish first and
second respectively.  Junior David Gordon had a seventh place finish
in the 500 free and sophomore Chris Dart took sixth in the 200 IM with
a lifetime best 1:50.28.

Freshman Eric Bruck took third in the 50 freestyle, with a time of
20.43 in the finals.  Clemson’s men finished the night off with a
fourth place finish in the 400 medley relay.  In diving, Clemson’s
David Giambra took eighth on the three-meter boards.

On the women’s side, Sarah Smith took tenth in the 500 free with a
time of 4:59.85.  Then sophomore Maddie Tarantolo took tenth in the
200 IM.  The Tigers had a trio of finalist in the 50 free as Meg
Anderson took fifth with a lifetime best of 23.34, Alex Allen finished
seventh with a time of 23.50 and Maddie Tarantolo eighth with a 23.55.

The women’s group of Kelli Kyle, Katrina Obas, Maddie Tarantolo and
Meg Anderson finished the night with a third place finish in the 400
medley relay.


With competition at two invitational meets under way for the No. 4 Florida men and No. 5 UF women, several swims highlighted the first day of competition at the Georgia Tech Invitational and the second day of swimming at the Gamecock Invitational on the South Carolina campus.

Both Gator squads sit in second behind FSU at the Georgia Tech Invite, the women with 263 points to FSU’s 337, and the men with 240 points to the Seminoles’ 301.5.

Both the Florida men’s and women’s 200-yard free and 400-yard medley relays finished finals in second to the teams from Florida State in Atlanta on the Georgia Tech campus, but outstanding individual swims came from UF sophomores Melani Costa-Schmid (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) and Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.), who placed first and second in the 500-yard free. Freshman Corinne Showalter (Sarasota, Fla.) finished fourth and senior Kristen Beales (Arlington, Va.) took sixth, all four Gators earning NCAA consideration marks.

Other highlights on the women’s side in Atlanta included a win and NCAA provisional mark by sophomore Shara Stafford (Topeka, Kan.) in the 200-yard IM (2:01.50), as well as a victory from sophomore counterpart Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.) in the 50 free (22.93), also an NCAA “B” cut.

In men’s action, junior Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) took the 500 free in an NCAA provisional time of 4:34.32, while senior Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) claimed the 200 IM title with an NCAA consideration standard (1:47.45). Junior Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) was UF’s highest finisher in the 50 free, taking fourth in 20.56.

On the diving boards, senior Kara Salamone (Cooper City, Fla.), who took first in prelims, finished second in the one-meter competition (297.45) and junior Monica Dodson (Franklin, Ind.) placed fifth (286.00) after a second-place prelims performance.

In men’s diving, sophomore Anthony Lewark (Davie, Fla.) took third on the three-meter board (365.55), while sophomore Colin Bell (Coral Springs, Fla.) placed seventh (306.65).

Florida will continue day two of competition from the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center Saturday against the teams from Clemson, FAU, FIU, FSU, Gardner-Webb, NC State and Georgia Tech.


The FIU swimming & diving team began action at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Friday, a three-day event held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. In addition to the host Yellow Jackets, FIU competes against Florida, Clemson, N.C. State, Florida State and Gardner-Webb in the invitational.
The first event of the day saw the 200 free relay team of freshman Kelly Grace, sophomore Kariann Stevens, sophomore Caroline Foster and junior Mariangela Macchiavello touch in 1:39.28 for a seventh-place showing.
Freshman Kayla Derr swam a lifetime best by seven seconds in the 500 free event with a time of 5:08.56, while sophomore Vicnan Torres also reached a lifetime best in the 500 free by 12 seconds, touching in 5:12.02
Grace reached a career best in the 50 free preliminaries with a time of 24.85 seconds, a mark which ranks first on the Panther squad for 2009.
The lone diving event of the day was the 1-meter competition, as freshman Jamie Stinson took 17th place in the preliminaries with a mark of 197.10.
The final event of the day was the 400 medley relay and FIU finished strong with a seventh-place showing, as juniors Danielle Sneir, Erin Pavlick, Yesica Rojas and Macchiavello finished in 3:59.44.
“I am very happy with the team’s performance on this first day of competition,” said head coach Noemi Lung-Zaharia. “We are looking forward to a fast second day with more lifetime bests.”


Florida State’s swimming and diving teams got off to an excellent start at the Georgia Tech Invite on Friday. At the end of the first day of competition both teams are in first place. The women’s team leads with 337 points, while the men’s team is in first with 301.5 points.
In all 24 Seminoles competed in finals heats, 13 competed in consolation heats and six were in the bonus heats.
“We started the day off with a great prelims session which put the team in high scoring positions,” said assistant coach Katy Peterson. “The energy from the team was contagious tonight.”
On the first day the women’s team earned three first place finishes and four NCAA B-cut qualifying times.
The women kicked off the finals with a win in the 200 free relay.  Stevi Steinhauer, CJ Hendry, Brittany Selts and Shanda Casella combined for a B-cut time of 1:32.09.
Jocelyn Phillips earned the team’s second B-cut of the meet with a third place finish in the 500 free (4:48.59).
The Seminoles claimed three of the top four finishes in the 200 IM.  Kristine Polley earned a B-cut time of 2:01.60 for a second place finish in the race. Jessica Sabotin came in third with a time of 2:02.19 and Stephanie Sarandos followed close behind with a time of 2:03.11.
The women had a similar outcome in the 50 free with Selts finishing second with a time of 23.07, followed by Steinhauer in third (23.29) and Hendry in fourth (23.33).
Lisi Rowland’s performance on the one-meter dive was likely the biggest surprise at the meet for the Seminoles.  After a seventh place finish in the preliminary round of the one-meter dive, Rowland came back in the evening to win the event with a score of 298.55.
“It felt really good to dive so well,” said Rowland. “I’ve had a rough start to the season and I was nice to see that my hard work is starting to pay off.”
Florida State earned their final victory of day one in the 400 medley relay.  The combination of Sarandos, Polley, Hendry and Phillips earned a B-cut time of 3:42.61.
On the men’s side Florida State came out strong from the very first final, earning a win, and B-cut time, in the 200 free relay with the combination of Mark Weber, Andy Hodgson, Corey Swanson and Robby Hayes (1:20.92).
Ian Rowe finished second in the 500 free with B-cut time of 4:26.03. 
Like the women, the men had a very strong showing in the 200 IM, with six swimmers in the finals.  Robby Hayes, who had the fastest time in the preliminary race, finished second with a B-Cut of 1:47.96.  Rob Holderness, who finished in fourth place, also earned a B-Cut time of 1:48.76.
Freshman Mark Weber is quickly making a name for himself. In addition to his effort on the winning 200 free relay team, he also came in second in the 50 free (20.42).
The men’s three-meter dive title proved to be a battle between Florida State’s Landon Marzullo, Terry Horner and Mike Neubacher.  Marzullo finished the preliminary round in first place with Horner and Neubacher in second and third place respectively.  In the finals Horner edged out Marzullo by a score of 375.35 to 370.50 to claim the victory.  Neubacher finished in fourth place with a score of 352.15.
“Terry and Landon seem virtually unbeatable this year,” reflected diving coach Patrick Jeffrey.  “They have been feeding off each other while enjoying having a diver of their own talent level to back them up.  It’s a perfect formula for success.”
Florida State concluded the first day of the meet with a first place, B-cut, finish in the 400 medley relay.  The combination of Hodgson, Scott Thacker, Corey Swanson and Hayes finished with a time of 3:14.84.
Overall the coaches were impressed with the outcome of day one.
“Seminole Diving dominated today,” Jeffrey declared.  “I couldn’t have been happier with how my team handled themselves and got behind each other.  There is power in numbers and it has never been more evident than today.  I was particularly proud of Lisi who has had a rough start this year with some injuries.” 
“We are swimming and diving great from top to bottom,” Head Coach Neil Harper stated optimistically. “Bring on tomorrow.”
Heading into the second day of the meet the women’s team has a 74-point advantage over its nearest competition, Florida.  On the men’s side Florida State leads second-place Florida by 61.5 points.


After one full day of competition at the 2009 Georgia Tech
Invitational, both the Yellow Jacket men's and women's swimming and &
diving teams are in fourth place, as the men's squad tallied 140 points
on the night, while the women ended the first day of competition with
102 points.

Overall, Florida State is in first place on both the men's and women's
sides. The Seminole men have 337 points, while the women's squad has
301.5 points.

Action kicked off in the finals with the women's 200-free relay, as the
team of Jessie Mason, Kate Riley, Keren Siebner and Agatha Kwasnik
finished fourth after hitting the wall in 1:33.57, to earn the Yellow
Jackets 30 points. On the men's side, the team of Nigel Plummer, Jeremy
Jackson, Jeffrey Phillips and Sullivan Lynch also placed fourth in
1:22.18 to earn 30 points.

Georgia Tech next tallied points in the 200-IM, as senior Gal Nevo
finished third in an NCAA B-Cut time of 1:48.19, while earning the
Yellow Jackets 16 points. Teammate Eric Chiu hit the wall in 1:53.43 to
finish 12th and earn five points for Tech. On the women's side, Mason
placed sixth after hitting the wall in 23.49 to earn 14 points for the
Jackets, while Kwasnik finished 12th in 23.31 to garner five points.

Next up in the 50-free, sophomore Nigel Plummer finished first in an
NCAA B-Cut tine of 20.09 to tally 20 points. The win for Plummer was his
third in the 50-free in as many meets. Meanwhile, Lynch garnered a point
for Tech with a 16th place finish in 21.25.

Next in the women's one-meter springboard dive, senior Hannah Krimm
posted a score of 290.45 in the finals to place fourth and earn Georgia
Tech 15 points. Junior Michele Bertolino posted a 255.50 to finish ninth
and tally nine points.

In the men's three-meter springboard, freshman Brandon Makinson
finished fifth after posting a 315.00 effort in the final to earn the
Tech 14 points. Teammate Chris Khosravi finished right behind Makinson
in sixth place with a 306.65 effort to earn 12 points.

The last two events of the evening was the women's and men's 400-medley
relay. For the women, the team of Heidi Hatteberg, Lisa Pucci, Erin
O'Donnell and Kwasnik finished fourth in 3:47.95 to take home 30 points.
On the men's side, the squad of Ilia Ayzenshtok, Matthew Vaughan, Chiu
and Plummer finished third, hitting the wall in 3:21.17 to earn 32
points for Georgia Tech.

The Georgia Tech Invitational continues tomorrow at the Aquatic Center
with preliminaries getting underway at 10 a.m., with finals starting at
6 p.m. Fans are reminded that live stats will be available all weekend
at http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/livestats/c-swim/.


The NC State swimming and diving program put up one NCAA
“B Cut” qualifier and three all-time top-10 times in a productive
first day at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Friday, Nov. 20.

Mason McGee hit an NCAA “B cut” in the men’s 500 freestyle with a time
of 4:26.12. Jen Kopenitz recorded the second-fastest women’s 200 IM in
school history with a 2:03.70 in the prelims, while Marifrances Henley’s
4:54.41 is the sixth-fastest all-time in the women’s 500 freestyle.
Henley, Allison Hendren, Patrice Dason and Ashley Richter also recorded
the second-fastest 200-freestyle relay in school history with a 1:34.13.

Both the men’s and women’s teams ended the first day of action in
fifth-place, with the men owning 111 points and the women holding 91.

Gaites Brown, Conor Brennan, Kevin Vallario and Travis Martinez started
the men off with a 1:22.92 for fifth in the 200-freestyle relay. McGee
then took third in the 500 freestyle, while Mechak placed ninth after
posting a 4:32.79 in the prelims. Kevin Woodhull-Smith’s 1:53.28 was
good for ninth in the 200 IM, while Daniel Basler (1:54.16), Greg
Baskwell (1:54.57) and Sean Reams (1:55.54) all offered solid showings.

Brennan (20.87), Brown (20.83), Vallario (21.28), Martinez (21.43) and
Steven Wright (21.53) all took part in the 50 freestyle, while Mechak,
Dan Forsythe, Mike Seiferth and McGee took fifth in the 400-medley relay
with a 3:24.55.

Along with Henley’s showing in the 500 freestyle, Sarah Merritt swam a
5:01.88 and Hendren offered a 5:01.99. In addition to Kopenitz’s effort
in the 200 IM, Anna Linkenauger took fifth in the finals with a 2:03.59,
while Henley recorded a 2:07.15 in the prelims.

Richter (23.56), Morgan Robertson (24.04), Dason (23.94) and Hendren
(23.87) all swam in the 50 freestyle, while Kopenitz, Linkenauger, Dason
and Richter’s 3:48.27 in the 400-medley relay was good for a fifth-place