March 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Led on the final day by their 1,650-yard freestylers, the Georgia men recorded a 10th-place finish on Saturday in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at The Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
The Bulldogs finished 10th with 163 points as the team title went to Michigan. Georgia finished in the top 10 for the eighth time in the last 10 years.
Matias Koski paced the Bulldogs in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 14:42.09 to come in third. Andrew Gemmell checked in fifth with a time of 14:46.95, followed by Will Freeman in 10th at 14:51.44 and Martin Grodzki in 11th at 14:53.62.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Ty Stewart placed 12th with a school-record time of 1:41.86. That eclipsed the previous Georgia mark of 1:42.04 set by Marc Lindsay in 2001.
Nic Fink came in ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke as he touched the wall in 1:53.79. That improved his second-lowest time in school history.
"I just couldn't be prouder of what our guys have done this week," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "We came in here with a top-10 goal and we reached it. And this bodes well for the future. We brought a young team to the NCAAs and we know they'll want even more next year. We're already looking forward to it."