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Yellow Jacket Roundup: January 8th, 2018

Guess who’s back, back again...

The good news is I found another landscape. The bad news is that it’s so out of date, it still has the Georgia Dome in it.

Swimming and Diving

Unsurprisingly, the men’s and women’s team demolished NAIA Savannah College of Art and Design on Saturday. The Jackets swept nationally ranked, but still non-NCAA, SCAD 160-94 and 157-91. They won every event, save for one, but did not score in seven events, which they swam exhibition, because the meet was a blowout. The Jackets swum off-events, and generally made quick work of the Bees, frequently taking the top three or four spots in any given race. The only SCAD event winner barely out-touched four Jackets hot on his heels in the 200 backstroke. The meet was a nice tune-up for the Jackets, who have been out of the water for over a month, but the competition was nowhere close to what they’ll face come March, or even against acclaimed South Carolina in two weeks. Hopefully this warm-up will be worth it and the Jackets can return to their pleasant success from earlier this fall.

This week: Swimming has a bye week. Their next action is at South Carolina on the 20th.

Indoor Track and Field

The Jackets completed a successful meet in Clemson with minimal practice this weekend. Jeanine Williams won the 60 meter hurdles by more than a half of a second with a time of 8.20. Four Jackets placed in the top 5 of the 5000 meter run, lead by Hannah Petit. In the 1000 meter run, four Jackets placed in the top nine spots, including this year’s female winner of the annual homecoming Freshman Cake Race, Hana Herndon, in eighth place. On the men’s side, four Jackets placed in the top 10 in the 600 meter run. Notably, in the 1000 meter run, three Jackets found their way to the top 10, with prodigious Tech cross country star Nahom Solomon taking 11th. All things considered, it was a solid meet for the Jackets, who continue their winter season next weekend.

This week: The Jackets head to Nashville for an invitational at Vanderbilt.

Women’s Basketball

Thursday, January 4th: Syracuse (13 - 3) dispatches Georgia Tech (12 - 4), 88-77.

Sunday, January 7th: No. 2 Notre Dame (15 - 1) throttles Georgia Tech (12 - 5), 74-55.

Tech stared down the gauntlet this week and blinked twice. On the road in the voluminous Carrier Dome, Tech had two players eclipse twenty points, Francesca Pan and Zaire O’Neill, but Syracuse kept finding ways to score to trump the Jackets by 11. In particular, the Orange’s Tiana Mangakahia accounted for 44 of Syracuse’s points, and came up just short of a triple-double. The Jackets led by as many as 11 points in the first frame, but Syracuse answered right back. The Jackets kept it close through the middle of the fourth, but couldn’t keep up as the Orange coasted to a double-digit victory.

Tech suffered its worse loss in quite some time Sunday against highly-acclaimed Notre Dame. Though Tech is a good team, the great teams in women’s basketball are truly head-and-shoulders above the rest. Despite barely falling to Louisville just last week, the Jackets fell hard at home to the Fighting Irish. Kaylan Pugh led Tech in scoring, with seventeen points, but another Pugh would not have been enough to top the ladies from South Bend. After shooting 20%, compared to the visitors’ 70%, in the first half, the Jackets trailed by thirty. Tech also turned the ball over a dozen times, which did nothing to resolve their poor shooting. They were able to outscore the Irish 37-26 in the second half, however, this was not enough to dig themselves out of the sizable hole in which they began the half. After their first winless week all semester, the Jackets sit at 12-5, still respectable, but a less impressive 1-3 in the stellar Atlantic Coast Conference.

This Week: Tech ventures to Raleigh to take on the Wolfpack in a midweek tilt, and to the City of Three Rivers, Pittsburgh, for a Sunday matinee.

For men’s basketball coverage: two wins at the Thrillerdome this week, including an upset of no. 15 Miami (FL) and a nice out-of-conference win against Yale.

This Week on the Flats:

BOLD for home, REGULAR for away, ITALIC for time and location

Monday: OFF

Men’s Tennis vs. The Citadel (doubleheader)
2:00pm/6:00pm, Ken Byers Tennis Complex

Men’s Basketball vs. Notre Dame
7:00pm, McCamish Pavilion
Women’s Basketball @ North Carolina State
7:00pm, Raleigh, NC

Thursday: OFF

Indoor Track and Field @ Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational
All day, Nashville, TN
Women’s Tennis @ Michigan Invitational
All day, Ann Arbor, MI

Men’s Basketball @ Pittsburgh
2:00pm, Pittsburgh, PA
Indoor Track and Field @ Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational
All day, Nashville, TN
Women’s Tennis @ Michigan Invitational
All day, Ann Arbor, MI
Men’s Tennis hosts MLK Invitational
All day, Ken Byers Tennis Complex

Women’s Basketball @ Pittsburgh
2:00pm, Pittsburgh, PA
Women’s Tennis @ Michigan Invitational
All day, Ann Arbor, MI