Oct. 28, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams remained undefeated following a long course dual meet with Florida on Friday at the Stephen O’Connell Center Natatorium.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-0 with a 158.5-141.5 victory over the Lady Gators. The Bulldogs moved to 2-0-1 due to a rare tie with the Gators, 150-150. In three decades of coaching, this was just the second tie in Coach Jack Bauerle's career. His only other one came against the Tennessee women in the 1981-82 season.
“This was a very exciting meet, and I am so proud of the way both teams raced,” Bauerle said. “The races were hard-fought, and because of that, both meets went down to the end. We got good efforts from everyone, and it took a real team effort. This was a good growing-up process for our young ladies and our young men, and they reacted well.”
In the women’s meet, the Lady Bulldogs won both relays. The 200 medley relay of Kristen Shickora, Michelle McKeehan, Lauren Harrington and Megan Romano won with a time of 1:56.26. Maddie Locus, Melanie Margalis, Shannon Vreeland and Romano took the 400 freestyle relay in 3:50.09.
Georgia also posted wins from Romano in the 100 freestyle (57.15), McKeehan in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.84), Wendy Trott in the 800 freestyle (8:42.46) and Jana Mangimelli in the 200 breaststroke (2:36.56).
On the men’s side, Martin Grodzki, Jameson Hill and Jared Markham each won twice for the Bulldogs. Grodzki took the 400 freestyle in 4:02.28 and the 800 freestyle in 8:19.11. Hill claimed the 100 freestyle in 53.20 and the 200 freestyle in 1:54.00. Markham won the 100 backstroke in 59.58 and the 200 backstroke in 2:06.64. Andrew Gemmell stopped the clock in 4:27.80 to win the 400 individual medley. Markham, Nic Fink, Doug Reynolds and Michael Arnold won the 200 medley relay in 1:46.28.
“A tie is very unusual in swimming and diving,” Bauerle said. “But there’s no overtime, so that’s where we are.”
Georgia’s teams will return to action Nov. 11 at Auburn.