Posted: 12:16 pm Monday, March 31st, 2014
By Ken Sugiura
1. Andrew Kosic set a Georgia Tech school record in the 50-yard freestyle Thursday in the NCAA swimming championship in Austin, Texas, and became the first Tech swimmer to score at the national meet since 2010.
Kosic broke his own school record in the preliminaries with a time of 19.42 seconds. He finished in 19.57 in the finals, which placed him 15th.
Tech had entries in four other events. Nico van Dujin did not make the finals in the 200 butterfly, finishing 20th in 1:43.69. Kosic finished 27th in the 100 free in 43:20.
The 200 medley (Taylor Wilson, Ricky Lehner, van Dujin and Kosic) and 800 freestyle (Mats Westergren, Declan Poorman, Kosic, van Dujin) relays also did not score.
2. Four Tech track and field members – Broderick Snoddy, Shawn Roberts, Nikita Kirillov and Jonathan Gardner – won events at the Yellow Jacket Invitational Saturday at Griffin Track.
Snoddy won the 100-meter dash in 10.28 seconds, a personal best. Snoddy ran with a 2.0 meters/second wind at his back. Snoddy also ran the 200, finishing second in a career-best 20.70.
Roberts won the 1,500 with a personal best of 3:45.95, which would have placed him sixth at last year’s ACC championship. Kirillov took the pole vault at 5.27 meters (17’3.5”), which would have been good for second at the 2013 ACC meet. Gardner, the defending ACC champion in the triple jump, won the event Saturday with a wind-aided 15.54m (51’0”).
Snoddy won the 100 after going through football practice in the morning.
3. After earning a top-25 ranking for the first time this season last week, the Tech baseball team dropped its midweek game to Mercer and then was swept at Pittsburgh over the weekend. Pitt, which was picked to finish last in the ACC Coastal, has swept Duke and the Jackets in back-to-back weekends.
In the first game on Friday, Tech put 17 runners on base via base hit, walk and hit batsman but lost 4-3 in 13 innings. The Jackets lost Saturday 5-0 in which they compiled only four hits.
Sunday’s finale, played with a wind chill in the 20’s, was a 4-2 loss. Starter Matthew Grimes lost for the first time this season, giving up three earned runs in five innings. Tech never led in any of the 31 innings of the series.
Tech plays Georgia State at home Wednesday and will also be at home for a three-game series against Duke starting Friday. The Jackets, in fact, begin a 10-game homestand that concludes with the second game against Georgia April 15. Tech is 15-13 overall, 5-7 in the ACC.