GEORGIA TECH V. TENNESSEE (MEN)
- Saturday, November 9, 2019
- Knoxville, TN
- Tennessee 181, Georgia Tech 119
The Volunteer men hosted Georgia Tech Saturday, with the home team coming out on top in a competitive meet.
Alec Connolly flexed his sprint speed, claiming wins in the 50 free (20.21), 100 free (44.16), and 200 free (1:37.28). In the 200 free, Connolly met a tough opponent in Georgia Tech star Caio Pumputis. The Brazilian Pumputis led at 150, but Connolly put together a 24.56 final 50, quicker than both of his middle 50’s, to slide past him at the wall. Pumputis placed second in 1:37.34.
On the other end of the distance spectrum was Taylor Abbott, who kicked off the meet with a big swim in the mile. Abbott’s time of 15:01.36 hit a ‘B’ cut and moves him to the #5 time in the nation this year. He also won the 500 free in a 4:29.55. For Abbott, his time in the mile was less than six seconds off of his lifetime best, and he outperforms all of his performances last season.
Matthew Garcia swept the backstrokes and Michael Houlie the breaststrokes for Tennessee. Garcia was 48.51 in the 100 back, winning by a second, and then 1:47.77 in the 200. Houlie dropped a 53.21 in the 100 breast, and he broke two minutes in the 200, going 1:58.43 with a 29.62 final 50. That’s just three-tenths off of his lifetime best from the 2019 SEC Championships.
Georgia Tech made its moves at the hands of Pumputis and butterflier Christian Ferraro. Pumputis took the 200 IM by over three seconds, going 1:48.93, while Ferraro went 48.48 in the 100 fly (winning by two-hundredths over Tennessee’s Braga Verhage) and 1:47.63 in the 200 fly.
Tennessee closed the meet out with a win in the 200 free relay (1:20.10), as Connolly posted a 19.47 anchor leg.