Men’s and women’s swim & dive competes at N.C. State

Photo by Julia Bunch

Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams completed their ACC slate this past weekend on the campus of North Carolina State. The teams competed in a double dual meet against Florida State and the hosting Wolfpack, meaning that each event for Tech counted in two separate dual meets. Although all four matchups were losses, Tech showed some bright spots as it heads towards the end of the season.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the meet was Matthew Vaughan’s victory in the 200-yard breaststroke, which he finished in 2:03.31. He was also on the 200-yard medley relay team that finished third, accompanying Nicolas Colletti, Nico van Duijn, and Andrew Kosic.

Yuval Safra, a recent acquisition for the Jackets, also had a successful meet, coming in second in the 1000-yard freestyle. His time of 9:24.63 in that event was the best for a Tech swimmer since 2007. Safra was also part of a three-man finish in the 500-yard freestyle, as he, Zach Tillman and Mats Westergen finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Chris Khosravi highlighted Tech’s diving, as he finished in the top three in both events.

The women’s side saw a lot of fifth place finishes for the Jackets, as Hailey White, Kate Riley, Kate Woolbright, Kate Brandus and the 200-yard medley relay team each took fifth place to lead the Jackets in those events. Brandus also took third in the 200-yard butterfly.

Tech’s divers experienced some success, with Shannon Lumbra knotting two top three finishes, Ashley Hardy taking fourth and fifth and Sarah Roethel finishing seventh twice.