Jan. 26, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- The No. 2 Lady Bulldogs were handed their first loss of the season by No. 11 Tennessee, 161- 139 on Saturday. The No. 12 Bulldogs also lost to the Volunteers by a similar margin of 161.5-132.5.
“We had some great swimmers, but Tennessee was just better than we were today, said head coach Jack Bauerle. “They did a good job. It was a disappointing day, but we will certainly get a chance to see them again at SEC and NCAA championships, and hopefully we can turn it around on them a little bit. They swam very well, both their men and their women. We had a lot of close races on the women’s side, but they outswam us. In the long run, it will help us, but in the short run, it bothers you.”
The Lady Bulldogs (8-1, 3-1) lost their first dual SEC meet since losing to Florida on Oct. 26, 2006. This was also the Lady Volunteers’ first win in the series since 1989.
The Bulldogs (5-3, 1-2) were led by Chase Kalisz, who won all three of his events for the third-straight meet. He won the 200 butterfly in 1:46.89, the 200 breaststroke in 1:58.09 and the 400 individual medley in 3:49.82.
Additionally, Andrew Gemmell won the 1650 freestyle in 15:17.87, while Nic Fink won the 100 breaststroke as he touched in 54.74. Matias Koski triggered a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 freestyle with his time of 4:26.50.
The Lady Bulldogs also won the 1650 freestyle, as Amber McDermott led a 1-2-3 finish with a time of 16:07.44. Hali Flickinger won the 200 breaststroke in 1:58.33, Melanie Margalis claimed the 400 individual medley in 4:11.07 and Laura Ryan claimed the 1-meter springboard with 299.63 points.
Next up, Georgia travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on Alabama and South Carolina on Feb. 2, at 12:00 p.m. ET.