Jan. 12, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams split their dual meet against Texas on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium in front of a Senior Day and Alumni Day crowd of 475.
The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs knocked off No. 5 Texas 143-100, while the No. 4 Longhorns held off the 12th-ranked Bulldogs 132-109. The Lady Bulldogs finished the dual meet portion of the season 8-0 and extended their school-record win streak at Gabrielsen Natatorium to 82. The Bulldogs capped the dual meet schedule at 5-2.
"What a meet that was," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "I am so proud of the way our kids competed today. The energy in the building was as good as I've ever seen for a dual meet, and that's because of the level of competition and the way the fans were into it. This was a lot of fun. This is one that we will all remember for awhile. I'm happy that the streak will continue for another year. It's something that we're proud of and something that we never take for granted."
Allison Schmitt took the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.16, Shannon Vreeland won the 500 freestyle in 4:48.57 to lead a 1-2-3 finish by the Lady Bulldogs, and Amber McDermott claimed the 1,000 freestyle in 9:47.54. Hali Flickinger won the 200 butterfly as she touched in 1:59.32, while Melanie Margalis led a 1-2-3 finish in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:15.09. Laura Ryan's 350.94 points gave her the title in the 3-meter springboard.
The Lady Bulldogs opened the meet by winning the 400 medley relay. The team of Kelsey Gaid, Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Schmitt stopped the clock in 3:38.13. Georgia concluded the day as Chantal Van Landeghem, Vreeland, Jessica Graber and Megan Romano claimed the 400 freestyle relay in 3:19.45.
On the men's side, Chase Kalisz won three events for the second straight meet. He won the 200 butterfly in 1:47.85, the 400 individual medley in 3:49.83 (triggering a 1-2-3 finish) and the 200 breaststroke in 1:59.29.
Other winners for the Bulldogs included Ty Stewart in the 200 backstroke (1:46.58), Nicolas Fink in the 50 freestyle (20.45) and Jameson Hill in the 200 freestyle (1:38.26).
"We've got a super group of guys," Bauerle said. "Our freshman class is as good as any in the country, and they've changed our team. This was bittersweet because we almost got (Texas) today. We had two close relays and that was the difference. But we're in a much different place than we've been the last few years. This group is tough and talented."
Seniors Gaid, Romano, Schmitt, Martin Grodzki and Brett Roberson were recognized for their athletic and academic achievements before Saturday's meet.
Georgia will return to action Jan. 26 at Tennessee.