After looking strong against the rest of the southeast all season, the Tech men and women sputtered to disappointing 8th place and 12th place finishes, respectively, at the ACC Championships on Friday. Senior Nahom Solomon finished in fourth overall, a bright spot, with the second-best ever Georgia Tech ACC Championship time, a best time of 23:21.2. Fighting through the middle of both the men’s and women’s fields in crowded competition, the meet could certainly have gone better for both slates of runners. However, the Jackets get two weeks to prepare before heading back to Tuscaloosa, where they’ve had success already this season, with the women having won the Crimson Classic earlier this season.
This Week: The Jackets get a week off before heading to NCAA regionals.
Swimming and Diving
It remains unclear why Georgia Tech schedules dual meets with the likes of Delta State, Division II, Emory, Division III, and NAIA Savannah College of Art and Design on the road. Meanwhile, they have dual meets against just two of the ten other teams in the conference (though do swim against the school in Athens, Northwestern, and South Carolina as well). Swimming is an odd sport. In completely expected fashion, the Yellow Jackets demolished Delta State, with the women triumphing 201-90 and the no. 24 ranked men coming out on top 198-96. The Jackets look to be a better balanced team than last year, with better times posted on the year in individual events. Newcomers Caio Pumpitis, Franco Reyes, and Albert Zhi continued their strong seasons, while fellow freshman Camryn Hidalgo broke both women’s diving records on the afternoon. Rodrigo Correia, Moises Loschi, and Pumpitis all turned over another B-qualifying time for the NCAA Championships apiece and the Jackets handled Delta State with ease, leaving them with a week to prepare for their November 8th matchup with the juggernaut that resides in Athens.
This Week: Tech swimming is off this week.
In bittersweet news, brilliant Tech stare Christopher Eubanks has announced he will forgo his senior season of eligibility in order to turn professional immediately. This is not wholly unexpected, as he had been competing as an amateur on the professional circuit since the close of his junior season. We wish this tremendous athlete and person the best in his professional career; the two-time ACC Player of the Year was truly transcendent as a Yellow Jacket.
This week: Men’s tennis has a two-day trip to ITA national championships and hosts the Georgia Tech fall invitational this coming weekend.
Friday, October 27th:
Duke (14 - 8) handles Georgia Tech (10 - 12) 19-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-19 (3 - 1)
Sunday, October 29th:
Georgia Tech (11 - 12) extinguishes Wake Forest (11 - 13) 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 28-26 (3 - 1)
Despite a strong start by the Jackets in the first game of the weekend, the Blue Devils proved overwhelming. The first two sets were both close, before the Blue Devils took control late in the second set. From there, they didn’t look back and took three straight sets from Tech. The games were never too far out of reach, Tech was simply outplayed. In the second game of the weekend, however, the Jackets looked much sharper. They played two sets back-and-forth, notably featuring two hot starts that, in the end, would prove the difference in each. In the second set, Tech came out hot and never cooled down, cruising to a 25-10 decision. Though, in the final set, Tech needed some bonus volleyball to finish off the Deacons, the third match point was the charm for the Jackets to close out the four-game homestand with a victory.
This week: Tech ventures to VPISU and Virginia, in a convenient Saturday tilt for anyone visiting Charlottesville for the football game.
For football coverage: Tech falls to Clemson in Death
Reservoir Valley in a soggy night game.
For basketball coverage: Tech drops an exhibition to crosstown Georgia State, 65-58. Star sophomore Josh Okogie left early with a dislocated finger his non-shooting hand, with timeline for return believed to be two weeks.
This week on the Flats: Men’s basketball gets a preseason tune-up against Faulkner Thursday night at McCamish Pavilion, with women’s basketball doing the same Sunday afternoon against Union. Men’s and women’s tennis split their squads to head to their respective ITA fall national championships during the week, with collegiate tournaments on the weekend. Meanwhile, both football and women’s volleyball head to the commonwealth of Virginia for the weekend.