Chantal Van Landeghem
Nov. 22, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams recorded three individual NCAA automatic qualifying times and won six events on Friday in the first day of competition in the Auburn Fall Invitational at the Martin Aquatics Center.
The No. 2-ranked Lady Bulldogs rolled up 461 points for first place. Florida State was second with 266 points. The No. 7 Bulldogs stand second with 321 points, trailing host Auburn’s 334. The Auburn Fall Invitational will continue on Saturday and will conclude on Sunday.
“We really have no complaints about the day,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. “The kids competed hard and did just what we asked of them. We got some A cuts, which was a goal of ours. We also picked up some points thanks to our depth. We’re excited about seeing how the next couple of days go.”
Amber McDermott automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in March and sparked a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 freestyle as she stopped the clock in 4:35.72. Shannon Vreeland was second in 4:38.54 and Brittany MacLean came in third in 4:38.93. The Lady Bulldogs garnered additional points with Jordan Mattern in fifth, Rachel Zilinskas in sixth, Anna Kolanowski in seventh and Courtney Peters in 10th. Vreeland, MacLean, Mattern and Zilinskas registered NCAA provisional times.
Melanie Margalis posted an A-cut time of 1:54.08 as the Lady Bulldogs also claimed the top three positions in the 200 individual medley. Hali Flickinger was second with a time of 1:57.82, followed by Annie Zhu in third at 1:57.92. Georgia also placed fifth with Shannon O’Malley, sixth with Emily Cameron, seventh with Nicole Vernon and 10th with Anna Neumeister. Flickinger, Zhu, O’Malley, Cameron and Vernon notched B cuts.
Chantal Van Landeghem registered a victory in the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 22.17. Olivia Smoliga was the runner-up in 22.33, while Maddie Locus was fourth, Jessica Graber was seventh, Lauren Harrington was eighth, Olivia Boggs was 13th and Cameron was 14th. Van Landeghem, Smoliga, Locus, Graber and Harrington all posted B-cut times.
The Lady Bulldogs won the 400 medley relay as Smoliga, Margalis, Harrington and Van Landeghem went an A-cut time of 3:32.04.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Smoliga, Locus, Harrington and Van Landeghem finished second in 1:28.70, an A-cut time.
The Bulldogs took the first three spots in the 200 individual medley, led by Chase Kalisz’s A-cut time of 1:43.32. Ty Stewart was second in 1:43.90 and Nicolas Fink placed third in 1:46.33. Jared Markham came in fifth and Derek Onken was 13th. Stewart, Fink and Markham posted B-cut times.
Matias Koski claimed the title in the 500 freestyle as he touched the wall at 4:17.82. Will Freeman came in third in 4:18.36, followed by Andrew Gemmell in fifth, Garrett Powell in sixth, Jameson Hill in seventh and Alec Cohen in eighth. Koski, Freeman, Gemmell, Powell, Hill and Cohen all registered B cuts.
Stewart, Fink, Reynolds and Trice were third in the 400 medley relay as they stopped the clock in a B-cut time of 3:10.34.
Trice, Powell, Fink and Reynolds came in third in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:19.95