Courtney Peters improved her NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the 200 butterfly on Saturday
March 1, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - A handful of Georgia swimmers improved upon NCAA qualifying times at the Bulldog Invitational Last Chance Meet on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The meet offers individuals an opportunity to qualify or improve their swimming times or diving standards for the upcoming NCAA Championships. The NCAAs for the women are slated for March 20-22 in Minneapolis and the men will compete March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.
During the Saturday prelims, Courtney Peters improved her NCAA provisional qualifying standard as she recorded a 1:56.43 in the 200 butterfly. Jessica Graber lowered her B cut to 22.52 in the 50 freestyle leading off the 200 freestyle relay and Anna Neumeister moved to 4:12.65 in the finals of the 400 individual medley. For the Bulldogs, Conor Sweeney improved his B-cut time to 1:37.52 in the 200 freestyle, while Pace Clark went 47.57 in the 100 butterfly.
Several swimmers who have already qualified for the NCAAs either reached or improved B cuts in events on Saturday, including Melanie Margalis (53.06 in the 100 butterfly, 53.93 in the 100 backstroke), Shannon Vreeland (1:57.80 in the 200 individual medley, 53.82 in the 100 butterfly), Brittany MacLean (2:01.74 in the 200 individual medley), Maddie Locus (1:46.90 in the 200 freestyle), Amber McDermott (1:58.85 in the 200 individual medley), Hali Flickinger (54.08 in the 100 butterfly, 53.75 in the 100 backstroke) and Rachel Zilinskas (2:01.93 in the 200 individual medley) for the women and Matias Koski (20.13 in the 50 freestyle) and Ty Stewart (47.15 in the 100 butterfly) for the men.
The Bulldog Invitational Last Chance Meet will conclude on Sunday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 4 p.m. There is no cost for admission. Sunday's sessions will mark Georgia's final appearance at Gabrielsen Natatorium this season.