CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - With the end of commencement brings the return of some sports to the Flats, though, despite the finals break, some of Tech’s finest were out and about, or halfway across the world, in the realm of non-revenue sports during the past two weeks.
No. 20/NR Swimming and Diving
Only one man was in action the past two weeks for the Jackets, and his name is one you should recognize by now, Caio Pumputis. The sophomore headed to Hangzhou, China, to participate in the FINA Short Course World Championships, an important meet of the world’s best and brightest, but suffers from a lack of attention due to the whole “not being the Olympics” thing. He placed 14th in the 200 Breaststroke, impressive enough, but his two individual medleys during his time representing Brazil were even better. Tech’s standout secured an 8th place finish in the final of the 100 IM, also good, but, most notably locked down a fifth place finish in the 200 IM with the seventh fastest time in the world so far this year. Though he is just one man, he made Tech and his native Brazil proud, and we eagerly look forward to the future great swims he will inevitably have the rest of this season.
This week: Tech takes their talents to South Beach to take on the Lane Train’s aquatic cousin, the Kiff Skiff, I guess.
Wednesday, December 5th: Georgia Tech (7 - 2) fells Alabama State (1 - 6), 69-42.
Sunday, December 2nd: Georgia Tech (8 - 2) defeats Kennesaw State ( - ), 60-35.
Tech took down an unremarkable Alabama State team the day before finals started. Thirteen players saw floor time in the rout, with four Tech scorers winding up in double figures. Chanin Scott’s fourteen points off the bench may not have lead the way for the Jackets, but they certainly did help lock down a game that was never truly in question. For Tech to sustain success all season, look to the sixth woman to keep up her solid performance so far this year.
Though Tech then took a week and a half off for finals, fortunately the next game back was against the neighbor to the north, Kennesaw State, who is not a noted basketball powerhouse. Tech coasted to a 25 point victory to shake off the rust, though, as Coach Collier herself noted after the game in the wrap-up on RamblinWreck.com, Tech didn’t out-rebound their opponents. But, in better news, all thirteen Yellow Jackets got in the mix, and the two Elizabeths, both Dixon and Balogun, led the way in scoring.
This week: Tech plays two, also in the Miami area, as a part of the West Palm Invitational.
This Week on the Flats:
BOLD for home, REGULAR for away, ITALIC for time and location
Men’s Basketball vs. Gardner-Webb
7:30 PM, McCamish Pavilion, ACC Network Extra and the Georgia Tech IMG Basketball Radio Network (WCNN 680 AM / 93.7 FM Atlanta)
Men’s Basketball at Arkansas
9:00 PM ET, Fayetteville, AR, SEC Network and the Georgia Tech IMG Basketball Radio Network (WCNN 680 AM / 93.7 FM Atlanta)
Swimming and Diving at Florida Atlantic Invitational
All day, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Women’s Basketball vs. Seton Hall (West Palm Invitational)
12:15 PM, West Palm Beach, FL, WREK 91.1
Women’s Basketball vs. Dayton (West Palm Invitational)
2:30 PM, West Palm Beach, FL, WREK 91.1
Men’s Basketball vs. the School out East
12:00 PM, McCamish Pavilion, ESPNU and the Georgia Tech IMG Basketball Radio Network (WCNN 680 AM / 93.7 FM Atlanta)