Nov. 15, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams recorded their fifth sweep of the season on Friday night as the No. 6 Bulldogs defeated Emory 137-73 and the No. 2 Lady Bulldogs won with a score of 130-97. Georgia swam the second half of the meet in exhibition and claimed first-place finishes in every event of the night.
"We had some great swims," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "Our kids really did a good job today, and I'm proud of them. The bottom line was we got better today, and that's always our goal when we stand up and race. And give Emory credit; they have a very good program and will be a force in Division III."
Bauerle is now one shy of 500 career victories. He will look to reach that mark on Jan. 4, 2014, at Georgia's next dual meet against N.C. State.
The Bulldogs, who improved to 5-1 on the season, were led by double winners Doug Reynolds and Matias Koski. Reynolds took first place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.30 and posted a winning time of 45.51 in the 100 freestyle. Koski swam the endurance events and finished with top times of 4:26.65 and 9:06.94 in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle, respectively.
Chase Kalisz put up an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:45.61 in the 200 backstroke. Alec Cohen won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:52.98. Ty Stewart had the best effort in the 200 breaststroke, touching the wall at 2:02.76. In the 50 freestyle, Michael Trice stopped the clock at 20.44. Georgia claimed the top four finishes in the 200 butterfly, and Will Freeman led the Bulldogs with his time of 1:51.50.
Georgia also posted the fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay with the team of Trice, Reynolds, John Mattern and Kalisz touching in at 1:23.01. In the 400 medley relay, Kalisz, Stewart, Pace Clark and Nicolas Fink finished with a top time of 3:19.03.
The Lady Bulldogs now sit undefeated at 6-0 and extended their all-sports school record to 86 consecutive wins at home, a record dating back to 1995. Melanie Margalis tallied two victories for Georgia, as she took home the wins in the 50 freestyle and 200 butterfly. Margalis touched the wall at 23.24 in the 50 freestyle and finished the 200 butterfly with a B-cut time of 1:58.84. Olivia Smoliga also earned a B-cut, finishing at 1:58.75 in the 200 backstroke.
Anna Neumeister won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:17.47. In the 200 freestyle, Georgia finished 1-2-3-4, with Jordan Mattern's 1:49.57 claiming the top spot in the event. The Lady Bulldogs also recorded the top four finishes in the 200 individual medley, led by Amber McDermott's B-cut time of 2:02.29. Brittany MacLean swam to a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.43. Olivia Boggs and Hali Flickinger both had best times, with Boggs finishing at 2:18.63 in the 200 breaststroke and Flickinger swimming to a time of 4:54.37 in the 500 freestyle.
The team of Lauren Harrington, Margalis, Courtney Peters and Jessica Graber posted a time of 3:46.20 to take the win in the 400 medley relay. The final event for the Lady Bulldogs was one of the most unusual in recent history, as diver Laura Ryan anchored the winning team in the 200 freestyle relay. Maddie Locus, Smoliga, Shannon Vreeland and Ryan finished with a top time of 1:34.11 in the event.
The Georgia swimming and diving teams will return to action next weekend at the Auburn Fall Invitational in Auburn, Ala. The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs can next be seen at home on Jan. 4, 2014, as they take on N.C. State in Gabrielsen Natatorium. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. and admission is free.