Jan. 25, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams swept Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs ousted the No. 15 Lady Volunteers 177.5-114.5, improving their season record to 9-0-1 (4-0-1 SEC). The No. 12 Bulldogs defeated the No. 18 Volunteers 161.5-135.5 and now sit with an 8-2 overall mark with a 4-1 record in the SEC.
"I think everybody did their job, and that's what we're all about," Senior Associate Head Coach Harvey Humphries said. "Every one of these meets is an opportunity to do better. I think we did that today."
Brittany MacLean pulled Georgia to an early lead by posting winning times in back-to-back events. MacLean finished with a time of 9:36.85 in the 1,000 freestyle. She turned around to claim the 200 freestyle, touching in at 1:46.93. Melanie Margalis was also a double winner for the Lady Bulldogs. She finished with a time of 59.82 in the 100 breaststroke and 1:55.56 in the 200 backstroke.
Other winners for the Lady Bulldogs were Olivia Smoliga, Hali Flickinger, Maddie Locus, Shannon Vreeland, Amber McDermott, Lauren Harrington and Nicole Vernon. Smoliga went 54.13 to win the 100 backstroke. Flickinger claimed the 200 butterfly as she stopped the clock at 1:58.51. Locus touched in at 22.67 to take the 50 freestyle. Vreeland posted a time of 50.04 in the 100 freestyle. McDermott went 4:46.56 to finish first in the 500 freestyle. Harrington touched in at 53.80 to take the 100 butterfly. In the 400 individual medley, Vernon claimed the victory with her time of 4:12.98.
The 200 medley relay team of Smoliga, Margalis, Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem placed first at 1:38.39. Vreeland, Margalis, Locus and Smoliga touched the wall at 3:21.47 to finish first in the 400 freestyle relay.
The Lady Bulldogs extended their all-sports home win streak to 88 consecutive dual-meet victories. The record dates back to 1996 and accounts for dual meets won in Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Chase Kalisz was a triple winner for the Bulldogs, while Matias Koski claimed two wins for Georgia. Kalisz went 1:46.13 in the 200 butterfly, 1:58.87 in the 200 breaststroke and 3:49.65 in the 400 individual medley. Koski took the 200 and 500 freestyle with times of 1:38.54 and 4:29.17, respectively.
The Georgia swimmers and divers will return to action next Saturday in the final regular-season meet against Alabama. The meet will begin at 11 a.m. in Gabrielsen Natatorium, and admission is free. Prior to the meet, Georgia will hold its Senior Day ceremony.