Oct. 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming teams opened strongly in their two-day meet against Wisconsin on Friday at Gabrielsen Natatorium. The Bulldogs picked up a 130-54 advantage, while the Lady Bulldogs jumped to a 129-55 lead.
The meet will continue on Saturday at 10 a.m. Admission to Gabrielsen Natatorium inside the Ramsey Center is free.
"We were not spectacularly fast, but I thought the kids swam tough," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "We've been putting them through their paces, so I know they're tired. But this will keep toughening them up and will get them ready as we move forward in the schedule."
Chase Kalisz was a triple individual winner for the Bulldogs, including an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:47.65 in the 200 individual medley. He also went 1:48.42 in the 200 butterfly and 2:00.64 in the 200 backstroke.
In the 200 backstroke, Ty Stewart touched in first with a B-cut time of 1:45.96, out-touching 2013 NCAA champion Drew teDuits. Matias Koski finished with a winning time of 4:27.25 in the 500 freestyle.
The Bulldogs also won all three relays. Michael Trice, Nicolas Fink, Chris Powell and Jameson Hill put up a time of 1:22.03 in the 200 freestyle relay. With their 1:30.91, Anival Rodriguez, Fink, Doug Reynolds and Trice claimed the 200 medley relay. The team of Alec Cohen, Hill, Reynolds and Kalisz closed the night with a winning time of 6:39.35 in the 800 freestyle relay.
Melanie Margalis and Hali Flickinger were double winners for the Lady Bulldogs. Margalis earned B-cut times in the 500 freestyle and 200 breaststroke, touching in 4:46.47 and 2:13.70, respectively. Flickinger posted a B-cut time of 1:58.92 in the 200 backstroke and went 2:00.93 in the 200 butterfly. Amber McDermott won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.82.
The Lady Bulldogs also put up winning times in the 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay. The team of Olivia Smoliga, Jessica Graber, Maddie Locus and Chantal Van Landeghem took first in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:31.69. In the 200 medley relay, Smoliga, Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Van Landeghem finished with a winning time of 1:41.07. Harrington, Olivia Boggs, Margalis and Shannon Vreeland claimed the victory in the 800 freestyle relay with their time of 7:22.10.