Lady Bulldogs Match School Mark For Consecutive Home Wins

Nov. 16, 2011

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ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 1-ranked Georgia women's swimming and diving team defeated Emory 141-96 on Wednesday at Gabrielsen Natatorium to tie the school record for most consecutive home victories.

Since November of 1995, the Lady Bulldogs have won 76 straight home meets, matching the school mark set by men's tennis between 1968 and 1972. The men's tennis coach during the streak was Dan Magill (a swimming letterman from 1940-42) and he addressed the team before Wednesday's meet.

"I'm just so happy for the ladies and I'm happy for the ones from 1995-96 who started the whole thing," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "The streak is really special. When we started things back in 1995, we had no idea this was coming around. It means so much to all of us. We are very proud of this accomplishment. It's such a tribute to the kids."

The Lady Bulldogs can set the school record at their next home meet, which will be Jan. 20 against South Carolina. Georgia is 5-0, has won 18 straight dual meets overall and is 51-1 in its last 52 competitions.

In the men's meet on Wednesday, the Bulldogs coasted to a 144-88 decision over Emory. Georgia improved to 3-1-1 on the season.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the meet by winning the 400 medley relay. The team of Amber McDermott, Megan Molnar, Melanie Margalis and Michelle McKeehan stopped the clock in 3:49.32. Nicole Vernon claimed first in the 1,000 freestyle in 10:06.03. McDermott won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.95. McKeehan took top honors in the 200 individual medley, touching in 2:04.46. Vreeland won the 200 butterfly in 2:03.29. Lauren Harrington had the top time in the 100 freestyle, posting a 50.94. Margalis won the 200 backstroke in 1:59.75. Jordan Mattern had the top time in the 500 freestyle, recording a 4:55.59. Shannon O'Malley recorded the best time in the 200 breaststroke, touching in 2:18.92. Landon Watters took first on the 3-meter springboard with 280.72 points.

The Bulldogs' 400 medley relay of Jared Markham, Brett Roberson, Michael Arnold and John Simmons took first with a time of 3:25.84. Will Freeman was a double winner for the Bulldogs. He took the 1,000 freestyle in 9:06.18 and the 200 butterfly in 1:51.67.  Owen Blank also won twice, winning the 1-meter springboard with 324.15 points and the 3-meter springboard with 300.00 points. Martin Grodzki won the 200 freestyle in 1:39.00. Alec Cohen claimed the 200 individual medley in 1:53.17. Arnold won the 100 freestyle in 46.23. Adam Parker placed first in the 200 backstroke in 1:51.07. Jameson Hill went 4:30.11 to win the 500 freestyle. Tom Beeri's 2:04.99 was tops in the 200 breaststroke. Hill, Arnold, Nic Fink and Doug Reynolds had the best time (1:22.94) in the 200 freestyle relay.

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