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Yellow Jacket Roundup: November 13th, 2017

In which we spot a non-conference theme for women’s basketball.

The School in Athens’ pool is Olympic sized, but not an Olympic host.

Cross Country

Senior Nahom Solomon is the sole Yellow Jacket to advance to the national championships this coming weekend. He placed seventh overall at the South Regionals this weekend, leading the Tech men to a twelfth place finish overall. On the women’s side, Mary Prouty finished 22nd, closely trailed by fellow Jackets Nicole Fegans and Amy Ruiz in 28th and 29th, respectively. The women finished fifth overall. With only Solomon moving on this week, the program turns its focus on the upcoming indoor track and field season, as nearly every runner competes in middle and long distance events for Georgia Tech Track and Field in the winter and spring.

This Week: NCAA Championships in Louisville on Saturday.

Swimming & Diving

Swimming falls to the school in Athens, but Camryn Hidalgo is at it again, sweeping both diving events last Wednesday in Athens. Stellar so far, Hidalgo and sprint freestyler Iris Wang picked up four of the Jackets’ nine individual wins, with Wang tallying B-cuts in both the 50 and 100 freestyle in the process. Meanwhile, Moises Loschi and Rodrigo Correia turned in another cut apiece in the 100 breast and 100 back, respectively. Tech’s freshmen turned in another strong slate of times, with Caio Pumpitis posting two wins in three solid swims, all of which were the best swims of his young Tech career. In swimming, relays count for double the points of individual races, so seeing the men post quick times in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays was encouraging. Once again, swimming is befuddling, falling by a moderate margin to a good team in Athens, while posting some solid swims. Come the end of the year, it will be interesting to see how far Tech, ranked no. 19 on the men’s side and no. 36 on the women’s, can get with its excellent slate of top swims but much thinner depth towards the bottom of the roster.

This Week: The Jackets host the annual Georgia Tech Invitational Thursday through Sunday, a key early-season insight to see how Tech’s best and brightest stack up against some of the best teams in the country at the McAuley Aquatics Center.

Women’s Basketball

Friday, November 10th: Georgia Tech (1-0) dispatches Appalachian State (0-1), 75-41

Sunday, November 12th: Georgia Tech (2-0) defeats South Carolina State (0-1), 86-40

The Tech women started their regular season play off with a pair of comfortable wins this weekend. The first, on the road at Appalachian State, who visited McCamish last year as part of a multi-game contract, was a systematic dismantling where the visiting Yellow Jackets were never threatened. Similarly, against South Carolina State, the Jackets led by six less than a minute into the game. By the end of the game, not only had ten players hit double-digit minutes of playing time, but senior Zaire O’Neil also racked up her 1,000 point on the Flats. Francesca Pan leads all Tech scorers after this week’s games, while Tech has not trailed yet in this young season.

This Week: Kennesaw State makes the drive to McCamish Wednesday and Tech heads to Princeton on Sunday.

Women’s Volleyball

Thursday, November 9th:

North Carolina (13 - 10) rams Georgia Tech (12 - 14) 25-15 , 21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 15-9 (3 - 2)

Saturday, November 11th:

North Carolina State (19 - 8) hounds Georgia Tech (12 - 15) 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 (3 - 0)

All in all, the weekend could have gone better for the Jackets. Despite holding a 2-1 advantage over North Carolina following the third set in Chapel Hill, Tech simply couldn’t close out either of the next two sets, falling by a handful of point in each closely contested set. In the end, Tech came close, but came up just short of a win at Carmichael Arena. Two days later, Tech was defeated by the Wolfpack. NC State, having quite a year, was as strong as ever Saturday, sweeping the Jackets in three straight sets. In all three sets, Tech kept it close through the middle of the match, losing off a trio of quick runs that delivered the sets, and ultimately the match, to the Pack.

This week: Tech comes home for their closing homestand, hosting Clemson on Wednesday and Pittsburgh Sunday.

For football coverage: Tech survives late jitters to upset no. 17 VPISU.

For men’s basketball coverage: Tech falls to UCLA in Shanghai.

This week on the Flats: Swimming hosts some of the best and brightest from the region, while Volleyball hosts a rival and Pittsburgh. Over on Tenth, Bethune-Cookman visits McCamish as the Men’s Basketball team opens their home slate and the women look to stay on a roll against Kennesaw at home as well. Football, on the other hand, heads to Durham and Nahom Solomon has punched his ticket to Louisville to represent Tech at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships.