Oct. 18, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams remained perfect on the season with a record-setting performance against LSU on Friday.
The Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 SEC) posted a 180-112 win, while the Lady Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 SEC) notched a 170.5-118.5 decision. Georgia swimmers set four LSU Natatorium records during the meet.
Ty Stewart led the Bulldogs as he won three individual events. He took the 200 backstroke in 1:45.85, breaking the LSU Natatorium record. He also won the 100 backstroke in 49.27 and the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:52.16.
The Bulldogs also got two wins apiece from Chase Kalisz and Matias Koski. Kalisz shattered the pool record as he went 1:45.48 in the 200 butterfly and he won the 200 breaststroke in 1:57.97. Koski swept the 100 and 200 freestyle races in 45.03 and 1:38.20, respectively.
The Bulldogs also got wins from Chris Powell in the 50 freestyle (20.90), Garrett Powell in the 500 freestyle (4:30.76), Andrew Gemmell in the 1,000 freestyle (9:15.60), Nicolas Fink in the 100 breaststroke (55.07) and Doug Reynolds in the 100 butterfly (48.90). The 200 medley relay of Taylor Dale, Fink, Reynolds and Michael Trice won with a time of 1:30.56. Fink, Kalisz, Trice and Koski stopped the clock in 3:01.54 in the 400 freestyle relay to take the top spot.
In the women's meet, Ann-Perry Blank, Melanie Margalis, Shannon Vreeland and Annie Zhu had two individual wins each. Blank swept the 1- and 3-meter springboards with 290.03 and 343.73 points, respectively. Margalis claimed both the 100 and 200 backstroke with times of 54.66 and a pool-record 1:56.05. Vreeland won the 100 and 200 freestyle races in 50.56 and 1:47.60, respectively. Zhu swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 1:02.83 and 2:13.44, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs got additional wins from Chantal Van Landeghem in the 50 freestyle (23.19), Brittany MacLean in the 500 freestyle (4:48.59), Amber McDermott in the 1,000 freestyle (a pool-record 9:47.78), Lauren Harrington in the 100 butterfly (54.44) and Nicole Vernon in the 400 individual medley (4:20.42). Van Landeghem, Margalis, Harrington and Jessica Graber won the 200 medley in 1:14.65. The 400 freestyle relay of Kimberlee John-Williams, Margalis, Graber and Anna Kolanowski went 3:23.89 for the meet's fastest time.
"I thought our kids did a really good job today," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "Two meets in one week is a difficult proposition, especially if one is on the road. But they responded great and raced hard today. I like the way our teams are coming together."
Georgia will return to action next Friday at Florida.