Auburn Women, FSU Men Jump Out To Day 1 Leads At Georgia Tech Invite


The opening day of the 2017 Georgia Tech Invitational is in the books, and it was the Auburn women and Florida State men who established themselves as the teams to beat as they sit comfortably atop the points standings.


The Tiger women only put one win on the board, but their depth came through for them as they lead 2nd place Alabama by 68.5 points with 354.5. The battle behind Auburn is a tight one, with Florida State (277.5), Georgia Tech (247.5) and South Carolina (208) not too far behind the Crimson Tide (286).

The Seminoles got off to a hot start in the 200 free relay, winning a close battle with Auburn and Alabama in a time of 1:28.49. Seniors Tayla Lovemore (21.84) and Lexi Smith (21.80) broke FSU away from the field with their splits on the third and fourth legs. Auburn (1:28.76) and Alabama (1:29.26) both had sizzling anchors from Julie Meynen (21.78) and Bailey Scott (21.69). FSU’s time got them under the NCAA ‘A’ cut.

Next up was the 500 free, where Alabama freshman Leonie Kullmann set a new school record in a time of 4:41.95 for a dominant win. Auburn’s Zoe Thatcher (4:45.27) was the runner-up, and Georgia Tech’s Emily Ilgenfritz also set a school record for 3rd in a time of 4:46.38.

Emma Barksdale of South Carolina took the win in the 200 IM in 1:56.41, with Auburn’s Alyssa Tetzloff 2nd in 1:58.62. We then saw a barn burner in the 50 free, as Ashton Ellzey of Auburn out-touched Alabama’s Scott by 0.01, 22.35 to 22.36, to take the win. Scott’s teammate Flora Molnar was close behind for 3rd in 22.46, as incredibly the top-9 were all sub-22.7. Coming in 9th was Georgia Tech’s Iris Wang, who tied her own school record with a time of 22.69.

Florida State closed out the day with a win in the 400 medley relay, touching in 3:33.45 to narrowly miss their school record. Natalie Pierce‘s 57.98 breaststroke leg is what set them apart from the field. Auburn (3:35.21) and Alabama (3:35.89) took 2nd and 3rd.

Women’s Scores After Day 1:

  1. Auburn, 354.5
  2. Alabama, 286
  3. Florida State, 277.5
  4. Georgia Tech, 247.5
  5. South Carolina, 208
  6. East Carolina, 133
  7. Campbell, 75.5
  8. Georgia Southern, 24


The Seminoles blasted out to a big lead on day 1, putting up 459 points with Alabama (345) and South Carolina (239) trailing in 2nd and 3rd.

The Crimson Tide won a tight race with FSU in the 200 free relay to open the finals session, as a pair of sub-19 splits from Robert Howard (18.83) and Laurent Bams (18.84) got the job done for them in 1:16.68. Chad Mylin (18.70) also broke 19 as the Seminoles placed 2nd in 1:16.95, with both teams putting up an ‘A’ standard.

2017 NCAA 5th place finisher Fynn Minuth of South Carolina took down the 500 free in 4:16.07, with Georgia Tech’s Colton Williamson (4:18.78) breaking the school record en route to a runner-up finish. Minuth’s teammate Akaram Mahmoud, who was the 6th at NCAAs last season, posted a 4:19.23 out of the B-final.

Tom Peribonio continued the momentum for the Gamecocks in the 200 IM, winning in 1:45.16 over GT freshman Caio Pumputis (1:45.68). After sizzling relay splits, Howard and Mylin went head-to-head in the 50 free final, with Howard coming out on top in 19.11. Mylin took 2nd in 19.35, followed by Will Pisani (19.64), Zane Waddell (19.72) and Bams (19.74).

Alabama closed the session out with a clear win in the 400 medley relay, with key legs from Luke Kaliszak (46.01) on back and Howard (41.70) on free as they touched in 3:07.04. FSU took 2nd, and South Carolina 3rd.

Men’s Scores After Day 1:

  1. Florida State, 459
  2. Alabama, 345
  3. South Carolina, 239
  4. Georgia Tech, 227
  5. East Carolina, 90
  6. Auburn, 64

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Swim Dawg
4 years ago

Hey at least Georgia Tech got their name in the title of the article.

4 years ago

Don’t let this distract you from the fact that Globo Gym blew a 4-1 man advantage over young Justin to let Average Joes come back to win the ADAA International Dodgeball Tournament, creating one of the greatest upsets in sporting history.

4 years ago

Bama sprint relay will win NCAAs Florida second third CAL

Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

Really underestimating Cal. A school with two 18 second sprinters Jensen who is quite quick and Lynch. Cal takes the 4×50 and maybe the 100 too

Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

Also Texas has two 18 second freestylers and Townley who is really fast at sprinting for some reason.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

Harvard. Dean Farris refuses to lose.

(I’m totally kidding)

Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

Held, Ress, Molacek, Izzo

4 years ago

Dang Mylin 19.11 flat start pretty good. Zane also has a pr of 19.17 flat start. Bama sprint looking good

4 years ago

2 guys at 18 is pretty legit for Bama. Plus Waddel can go a lot faster than 19.67

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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