Cregar Shines For Bulldogs At NCAA Championships

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. --- Bill Cregar came in third and set a school record in the 200 individual medley to highlight Georgia's efforts in the NCAA Championships on Thursday at Minnesota's University Aquatic Center.

After one day of competition, the Bulldogs stand 14th with 30 points. Texas has the team lead with 139 points.

Cregar earned the bronze in the 200 individual medley as he stopped the clock in 1:43.56. Cregar trailed only Stanford's Austin Staab (pool-record 1:41.57) and Arizona's Cory Chitwood (1:42.28). During prelims, Cregar lowered his own school record with a time of 1:43.21.

"Billy did a great job," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "Third place at this meet is something exceptional. He was really coming at them at the end."

"That was my first time in the 200 IM finals, so my main goal was to go out and have fun," said Cregar, the SEC champion in the event. "This is my last year, so I wanted to make the most of it."

The Bulldogs secured additional points in the 200 individual medley as Mark Dylla came in 16th in 1:45.63.

In the 500 freestyle, Martin Grodzki took 10th with a time of 4:18.42.

The 400 medley relay of Matt Bartlett, Cregar, Dylla and Jameson Hill placed 14th with a time of 3:09.97 - the third-best effort in school history.

The NCAA Championships will continue on Friday with the 200 medley relay, the 400 individual medley, the 100 butterfly, the 200 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke, the 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving and the 800 freestyle relay.

"We're in 14th, but we don't plan to be after (Friday)," Bauerle said. "We've got some swimming to do, but we've got to have a great morning."

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