McGee, Kopenitz, Henley Shine at GT Invite
ATLANTA, Ga. – The NC State swimming and diving program put up one NCAA “B Cut” qualifier and three all-time top-10 times in a productive first day at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Friday, Nov. 20.
Mason McGee hit an NCAA “B cut” in the men’s 500 freestyle with a time of 4:26.12. Jen Kopenitz recorded the second-fastest women’s 200 IM in school history with a 2:03.70 in the prelims, while Marifrances Henley’s 4:54.41 is the sixth-fastest all-time in the women’s 500 freestyle. Henley, Allison Hendren, Patrice Dason and Ashley Richter also recorded the second-fastest 200-freestyle relay in school history with a 1:34.13.
Both the men’s and women’s teams ended the first day of action in fifth-place, with the men owning 111 points and the women holding 91.
Gaites Brown, Conor Brennan, Kevin Vallario and Travis Martinez started the men off with a 1:22.92 for fifth in the 200-freestyle relay. McGee then took third in the 500 freestyle, while Mechak placed ninth after posting a 4:32.79 in the prelims. Kevin Woodhull-Smith’s 1:53.28 was good for ninth in the 200 IM, while Daniel Basler (1:54.16), Greg Baskwell (1:54.57) and Sean Reams (1:55.54) all offered solid showings.
Brennan (20.87), Brown (20.83), Vallario (21.28), Martinez (21.43) and Steven Wright (21.53) all took part in the 50 freestyle, while Mechak, Dan Forsythe, Mike Seiferth and McGee took fifth in the 400-medley relay with a 3:24.55.
Along with Henley’s showing in the 500 freestyle, Sarah Merritt swam a 5:01.88 and Hendren offered a 5:01.99. In addition to Kopenitz’s effort in the 200 IM, Anna Linkenauger took fifth in the finals with a 2:03.59, while Henley recorded a 2:07.15 in the prelims.
Richter (23.56), Morgan Robertson (24.04), Dason (23.94) and Hendren (23.87) all swam in the 50 freestyle, while Kopenitz, Linkenauger, Dason and Richter’s 3:48.27 in the 400-medley relay was good for a fifth-place finish.
NC State will resume action at the Georgia Tech Invitational tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 21.