Tech Set Participates in UGA Invite – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech Swimming and Diving is back in action this week at the UGA Invite in Athens, Georgia. The invitation will take place over three days, starting Thursday, November 17th. On each competition day, the preliminary rounds start at 9:30 am and the finals take place at 5:30 pm

Last time out, both the men and women earned ACC victories over Pitt and Boston College. Tech has several standouts, though Deniz Ertan shined with an NCAA “B” cut and a first-place finish time of 16:27.63 in the women’s 1650 free, as well as wins in the women’s 200 breast (2:15.93) and 500 free (4:53.60). Ruben Lechuga received his third ACC Men’s Diver of the Week honor after winning both dive competitions at the meet.

Batur Unlu and Berke Saka led the men’s swimmers with three first places in a row. Ünlü won the 200 Free (1:36.71), 100 Free (44.90), and 500 Free (4:26.26). Saka championed the 100 backstroke (48.79), 200 backstroke (1:45.50), and 200 IM (1:48.57). Zora Ripkova, McKenzie Campbell and Clarissa Sabine each claimed first place in two different events.

The UGA invitation schedule is listed below. To qualify for the finals, swimmers must finish in the top 24 in the preliminary round of their respective event. In diving events, competitors must finish in the top 10 to qualify for the finals.

Thursday 17 Nov Events
Preliminary: 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, Women’s 3M Dive
Finals: 200 Free Relay, 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 400 Medley Relay, Women’s 3M Diving
*Men 1M Dive Prelims & Finals during morning session

Friday 18 Nov Events
Heats: 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, Men’s 3M Dive
Finals: 200 Medley Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 800 Free Relay, Men’s 3m Dive
*Women’s 1M dive, heats and finals during the morning session

Saturday, November 19 events
Prelims: 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 1650 Free
Finals: 1650 Free (Top 8), 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 400 Free Relay
*The women’s and men’s platform dive and exhibition platform event will take place during the morning session

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