Georgia Swimmers, Divers Sweep N.C. State
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Jan. 4, 2014

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ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams swept North Carolina State on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The No. 4 Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-0 with a 186-113 victory, while the No. 10 Bulldogs moved to 6-1 as they posted a 156-142 decision. The Lady Bulldogs also extended their own all-sports school record with their 87th consecutive win at home.

"Our kids did a really good job today," Senior Associate Head Coach Harvey Humphries said. "North Carolina State gave us a real challenge and our kids had to respond. We've been training really hard, so it was good to stand up and race again after a long break. We were really proud of the effort."

Amber McDermott won three times for the Lady Bulldogs, taking the 200 backstroke in 2:01.13, the 1,000 freestyle in 9:58.68 and the 400 individual medley in 4:21.47.

Annie Zhu was a double winner, sweeping the breaststroke races in 1:03.23 and 2:16.33. Brittany MacLean won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.21. Rachel Zilinskas claimed the 500 freestyle as she stopped the clock in 4:50.80. Melanie Margalis went 55.39 to win the 100 butterfly.

Laura Ryan took the 1-meter springboard with 315.30 points and Ann-Perry Blank won the 3-meter board with 327.05 points.

The 200 medley relay of Olivia Smoliga, Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem placed first in 1:41.46.

Nicolas Fink swept the breaststroke races in 55.71 and 2:02.12. Ty Stewart won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:47.31 and the 400 individual medley in 3:55.59.

Taylor Dale stopped the clock in 48.80 to win the 100 backstroke. Matias Koski claimed the 500 freestyle in 4:29.75. Garrett Powell's 9:15.64 was good enough for first in the 1,000 freestyle.

Spencer Madanay claimed the 3-meter springboard with 298.60 points.

With the victories, Jack Bauerle earned his 500th and 501st wins as Georgia's coach. He is just the sixth coach in NCAA history to reach the 500-wins plateau.

Georgia will return to action next Friday and Saturday with meets at Texas A&M and Texas.



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