Atlanta, GA - For the second consecutive season and the sixth time in the
last 10 years, the Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and
diving squads will host the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational at the
Aquatic Center over the weekend of Nov. 19-21. The field of 14 schools
participating in this year’s meet is the most since 11 schools took
part in 2001.
“We are very excited to host the Georgia Tech Invite this weekend,”
said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “We will be hosting some of the
top teams from all over the country that will provide tough competition
for our swimmers. Our goal to produce some NCAA qualifying times and
dives as we bring our first semester to a close.”
Partaking in the three-day meet are the men’s and women’s teams
from Clemson, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Gardner Webb and
NC State as well as the women’s teams of Air Force, Florida Gulf
Coast, Miami and Texas A&M, Michigan State’s men’s squad and the
diving corps from Auburn and Emory.
Six ranked teams and four teams receiving votes will attend the
illustrious meet, according to the latest Collegeswimming.com poll. On
the men’s side of things, No. 4 Florida, No. 7 Auburn and No. 20
Florida State along with RV NC State and Michigan State will compete
while the women’s top ranked programs are represented by No. 4
Florida, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 10 Auburn and RV Florida State and Miami.
Tech has hosted a fall invitational for the last seven seasons, but in
2008 and 2006 only divers participated. Last season at the invitational,
both the Tech men’s and women’s squads finished in fourth place in
the field of seven teams.
The meet will kick off Friday, Nov. 19 with the 200-Free Relay
preliminaries at 10 a.m. Friday’s events include the 500-Free, 200-IM,
50-Free 400-Medley Relay and the women’s 1-meter and men’s 3-meter
dive. After the preliminary events in the morning, the finals will take
place starting at 6 p.m.
Saturday’s events will once again begin at 10 a.m. The day will start
off with the 200-medley followed by the 400-IM, 100-Fly, 200-Free,
100-Breast, 100-Back, and the 800-Free Relay with the women’s 3-meter
and men’s 1-meter diving mixed in. Finals will once again begin at 6
Sunday will begin an hour earlier with a 9 a.m. start to the day
kicking off with the 1,650-Free. Also taking place is the 200-Back,
100-Free, 200-Breast, 200-Fly, and platform diving. The morning will
conclude with the 400-Free Relay prelims. Finals will start at 3 p.m. on
*** Reminder to everyone that would like to attend on Saturday, the
Georgia Tech football team will be taking on Duke at 1:30 p.m. on Senior
Day. The parking deck at the CRC is also used for football parking so
come early! There will be NO in-and-outs for parking that day, so keep
this in mind if you would like to stay for the finals on Saturday night.