Georgia Swimmers & Divers Knock Off Georgia Tech



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Oct. 15, 2013

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ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams remained undefeated on the season by sweeping instate rival Georgia Tech on Tuesday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) posted a 184-109 decision, while the Lady Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) picked up a 187-88 victory.

"I was proud of the way the kids stood up and raced today," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "I saw 100 percent effort across the board. It was a really good meet. That's the best meet we've ever had against them. Even when the meet was sort of in hand, and Tech's got some pretty good athletes, we kept racing hard. It's always nice to win, especially against a big rival like this."

Ty Stewart and Nicolas Fink were double winners for the Bulldogs. Stewart won the 200 butterfly in 1:49.29 and the 200 backstroke in 1:48.45, while Fink swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke races in 56.91 and 2:04.92, respectively.

Other winners for the Bulldogs included Spencer Madanay on the 3-meter springboard (350.40 points), Garrett Powell in the 500 freestyle (4:29.89), Taylor Dale in the 100 backstroke (48.94), Chase Kalisz in the 200 freestyle (1:38.22), Matias Koski in the 1,000 freestyle (9:09.35), Doug Reynolds in the 100 butterfly (48.57) and Alec Cohen in the 200 individual medley (1:52.63).

Dale, Fink, Reynolds and Michael Trice won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:29.58. Koski, Reynolds, Trice and Jameson Hill went 3:01.35 for the fastest time in the 400 freestyle relay.

Ann-Perry Blank, Annie Zhu, Amber McDermott, Melanie Margalis and Olivia Smoliga each won twice for the Lady Bulldogs.

Blank swept the 1- and 3-meter springboards with 295.27 and 339.52 points, respectively. Zhu claimed the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.04 and the 200 butterfly in 2:02.88. McDermott took the 500 freestyle in 4:45.52 and the 100 backstroke in 56.01. Margalis stopped the clock in 1:47.09 in the 200 freestyle and in 1:57.75 in the 200 backstroke. Smoliga swept the 50 and 100 freestyle events in 23.19 and 50.56, respectively.

Emily Cameron won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.26. Hali Flickinger took the 200 individual medley in 2:03.84. Lauren Harrington touched first in the 100 butterfly in 55.01. Rachel Zilinskas went 9:52.29 to win the 1,000 freestyle.

The 200 medley relay of Chantal Van Landeghem, Zhu, Courtney Peters and Maddie Locus had a winning time of 1:44.41. In the 400 freestyle relay, Van Landeghem, Zhu, Peters and Shannon Vreeland went 3:27.24 to claim the top spot.

The Lady Bulldogs extended their home win streak to 85 straight dating back to 1995. That is the school record for all Georgia sports. 

Bauerle also improved his personal winning streak against the Yellow Jackets. He is now 32-0 all-time against Georgia Tech (20-0 coaching the men, 9-0 coaching the women and 3-0 as a Georgia swimmer). 

Georgia will return to action Friday at LSU.

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