Four More Automatic Cuts For Georgia At Auburn Invitational
Melanie Margalis

Nov. 24, 2013


AUBURN, Ala. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams notched four more individual NCAA automatic qualifying times and won 10 races on Saturday in the Auburn Fall Invitational.

The No. 2 Lady Bulldogs have 1,023 points, with host Auburn standing second with 578.5. The No. 7 Bulldogs pulled ahead of Auburn on the men's side 732-705.

Melanie Margalis won twice for the Lady Bulldogs, taking the 400 individual medley in 4:01.70 (spearheading a 1-2-3-4 finish) and the 100 breaststroke in 59.15. Each of her efforts was an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Hali Flickinger, Annie Zhu, Nicole Vernon, Rachel Zilinskas and Shannon O'Malley added NCAA provisional times in the 400 individual medley. Zhu, O'Malley, Emily Cameron and Olivia Boggs grabbed B cuts in the 100 breaststroke.

Olivia Smoliga won the women's 100 backstroke in 51.97, reaching the automatic qualifying standard. Mattern added a B cut.

The women's 200 freestyle crown went to Shannon Vreeland as she stopped the clock in 1:43.92, with the Lady Bulldogs taking the top four spots. Vreeland, Brittany MacLean, Amber McDermott and Jordan Mattern all posted B cuts.



Smoliga, Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem claimed the women's 200 medley relay in an A-cut time of 1:36.97.

Vreeland, McDermott, Margalis and MacLean took the women's 800 freestyle relay in 7:01.78, another automatic time.

Laura Ryan took the women's 3-meter springboard title with 373.65 points, improving her Zone qualifying score. Ann-Perry Blank was the runner-up and also moved up in the Zones.

Harrington paced Georgia in the women's 100 butterfly with a runner-up and B-cut time of 53.39. Smoliga added a provisional time of her own.

Chase Kalisz won the men's 400 individual medley with an A-cut time of 3:39.03. Ty Stewart, Jared Markham and Andrew Gemmell registered B cuts.

Matias Koski took the men's 200 freestyle in 1:34.41, a B cut. Will Freeman also posted a provisional time.

Doug Reynolds led Georgia in the men's 100 butterfly with a B-cut time of 47.12 to finish sixth. Pace Clark also had a B cut.

Nicolas Fink came in second in the men's 100 breaststroke in 53.31, a B cut. Kalisz posted a provisional time as well.

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