SwimmingTurkish Olympians Batur Unlu, Deniz Ertan Lead Georgia Tech Past Emory

Turkish Olympians Batur Unlu, Deniz Ertan Lead Georgia Tech Past Emory

Turkish Olympians Batur Unlu, Deniz Ertan Lead Georgia Tech Wins over Emory

Georgia Tech’s Turkish connection paid dividends in its opener, with Batur Unlu and Deniz Ertan winning two individual events each in dispatching Emory on Saturday.

The Georgia Tech women won by a score of 178-63. The men prevailed, 161-78.

Ertan won the women’s 400 IM in a time of 4:16.74, the freshman within four seconds of the program record in the event. She also won the 500 free in 4:49.15.

Ertan split 51.80 off the anchor leg of the Yellow Jackets’ A 400 free relay, which was exhibitioned but turned in the top time of 3:29.36. Joining her on that relay were Zora Ripkova, Lily Burke and Brooke Switzer.

Switzer won a pair of events in the modified dual meet slate, claiming the 100 and 200 free. Ripkova was second to teammate McKenzie Campbell in the 200 butterfly, after Campbell had been second in the 400 IM to Ertan. Allison Brown, the 500 free runner up, had earlier won the 1,00 free. Claudia Butterfield won the 200 breast, and Astrid Dirkzwager claimed the 200 back. Anna Bradescu won both diving events, with teammate Carmen Woodruff second each time.

Emory got a win via Taylor Leone, who went 24.09 in the 50 free to outtouch a trio of Georgia Tech freshmen, led by Sabina Mrzyglod. Emily Noll was second in the 200 back for the Eagles.

On the men’s side, Ruben Lechuga made news on the boards by downing the school record in both diving events. The senior from Mexico won with a score of 402.60, the senior downing the program mark set in 2012 by Brandon Makinson (388.50). On 3-meter, he scored 439.58 to down the mark of 424.95 set in 2018 by Matt Casillas.

Unlu was the only double winner in the pool. He claimed the 200 free in 1:37.16, then routed the field in the 500 free by more than 12 seconds to win in 4:26.51. Second in the 500 was 1,000 free winner Mert Kilavuz. Charles Perks was second in the 1,000 and third in the 500 free.

Nils Bognar (400 IM), David Gapinski (200 fly), Berke Saka (200 back) and Julian Killius (200 breast) added wins for the Yellow Jackets.

Emory won both sprint events courtesy of Nick Goudie. He went 20.99 to best the field in the 50 free and 46.03 in the 100. Jeff Echols was second in the 200 fly. Lucas Bumgarner was second in both diving events.

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