Nov. 24, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. --- Georgia's swimming and diving teams wrapped up the Auburn Fall Invitational with two more individual NCAA automatic qualifying times and 10 victories.
The No. 2 Lady Bulldogs rolled up 1,469 points to claim the team title, with Auburn in second with 881.5. The No. 7 Bulldogs narrowly were the runners-up to Auburn 1,037-1,033.5.
"This ranks as one of the top invites we've ever had," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "I could not have been prouder of everyone's efforts. We knew we had been training hard, and it's nice to see it pay off with the times we put up."
Melanie Margalis secured another A cut as she won the 200 breaststroke in 2:08.10. The Lady Bulldogs claimed the top five spots as Annie Zhu, Olivia Boggs, Shannon O'Malley and Emily Cameron followed with NCAA provisional times.
Ann-Perry Blank claimed the women's platform title as she recorded 267.90 points. Olivia Smoliga won the 100 freestyle with a B cut of 48.35, and Shannon Vreeland, Chantal Van Landeghem and Maddie Locus added provisional times. Hali Flickinger claimed the 200 butterfly with a B-cut time of 1:55.54, followed by B cuts from Courtney Peters and Vreeland. Brittany MacLean won the 1,650 freestyle in 15:58.45. MacLean, Amber McDermott and Rachel Zilinskas all had B cuts. Jordan Mattern, Zilinskas and MacLean had B cuts in the 200 backstroke.
The 400 freestyle relay of Smoliga, Vreeland, Margalis and Van Landeghem won with an A-cut time of 3:20.17.
Ty Stewart won twice for the Bulldogs. He took the 200 backstroke with an A-cut time of 1:40.92 and the 200 butterfly with a B-cut time of 1:43.88. Jared Markham, Taylor Dale and Garrett Powell added B cuts in the 200 backstroke and Pace Clark posted a B-cut time in the 200 butterfly.
Nicolas Fink won the 200 breaststroke with a B-cut time of 1:55.09. Matias Koski won the 1,650 freestyle in 14:56.63. Koski, Will Freeman, Andrew Gemmell and Powell registered provisonal times. Doug Reynolds posted a B-cut time in the 100 freestyle. The 400 freestyle relay of Reynolds, Fink, Michael Trice and Koski earned a provisional time as well. Spencer Madanay improved his Zone qualifying total in tower diving.
Georgia emerged from the meet with the nation's fastest times in the 500 freestyle (McDermott and Koski) the 1,650 freestyle (MacLean and Koski), the 200 backstroke (Stewart), the 200 breaststroke (Fink), the 200 individual medley (Kalisz) and the 400 individual medley (Kalisz). Kalisz already held the country's top effort in the 200 butterfly.
Georgia's teams will return to action Jan. 3-5 in the Georgia Diving Invitational and Jan. 4 in a home swimming meet against North Carolina State.