Nov. 22, 2013
ATLANTA, GA. - Competing against some of the top athletics programs in the country, the Florida Atlantic University men's and women's swimming and diving teams recorded five top-five finishes on the first day of the 2013 Georgia Tech Invitational. Sophomore Matthieu Burtez led the team with three top-five honors.
With 312 points, the men's team holds third-place in the standings while host team Georgia Tech finished first. The women meet is led by Tennessee with the Owls in seventh with 102 points.
Burtez led off the 200 free relay on Friday evening putting down an opening split of 20.25. He was followed by John Nolte (20.92), John Walsh (20.73), and Richard Andrews (21.19). The relay finished in third-place, earning 44 points. In the 400 medley relay, Burtez served as the anchor following Hunter Swartsel, Aaron Custodio and Jordan Clarke. The team pulled out a third-place finish posting a time of 3:29.64.
Adding more points for the men's team, Burtez represented FAU in the 50-yard freestyle A final. He placed fourth in the preliminaries finishing in 20.36. Burtez maintained his fourth-place finish in the finals but was able to improve his time to 20.29, recording a new personal record. Anett Kovacs competed in the women's 500-yard freestyle A final after finishing the preliminaries in 4:53.66 for fourth-place. She cut her time in the finals by more than a second to clinch third-place in 4:52.34. Abbey King and Agi Bucz also swam in the 500 free, finishing neck and neck, with King recording a final time of 4:58.02, a career best, and Bucz recording 5:00.17.
On the springboard, Greg Cox led the Owls in the 3 meter competition with a final score of 325.80 for third-place. Ryan McIntire, Tyler Aycock and Luke Terrill took sixth, seventh, and eighth-place in the event, respectively. Morgan Wankling posted a final score of 244.05 in the one meter dive, putting her in Conference-USA's top-10.
The Georgia Tech Invitational will continue on Saturday with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. and finals scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.