Dec. 1, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Melanie Margalis and Allison Schmitt each qualified for the NCAA Championships to highlight Georgia's showing in the UGA Fall Invitational on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Margalis posted a time of 4:05.26 in the 400-yard individual medley to reserve a spot in the NCAAs, which will be held March 21-23 in Indianapolis. Margalis' time broke the school record of 4:05.31 set by Jana Mangimelli at the 2010 NCAAs. During Friday's session, Margalis qualified for the NCAAs in the 200-yard individual medley and lowered her own second-lowest time in school history.
Margalis also won the 100-yard breaststroke with an A-cut time of 59.34. That matches the third-fastest time in the school record book.
Schmitt won the 200-yard freestyle with an A-cut time of 1:42.25. Schmitt is a two-time NCAA champion in the 200-yard freestyle and she won the gold medal at the Olympics in the 200-meter freestyle.
The 800-yard freestyle relay of Shannon Vreeland, Megan Romano, Jordan Mattern and Schmitt posted an A-cut time of 6:59.25, eighth-best in school history. Under a new rule, however, one of the swimmers will have to qualify for the NCAAs individually in order for the relay to move on.
Matias Koski won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:35.25, the third-fastest effort in Georgia annals. Ty Stewart went 3:45.41 in the 400-yard individual medley to establish the sixth-lowest time in school history.
The 800-yard freestyle team of Jameson Hill, Nic Fink, Martin Grodzki and Koski recorded an A-cut time of 6:24.79. Since Koski previously swam an A-cut time, the relay qualified for the NCAAs.
After two days of competition, the Lady Bulldogs lead with 694 points, while Cal has 648 and Virginia has 391. On the men's side, Cal has 592, Virginia has 508 and Georgia has 454.50.
"Our kids continue to do an exceptional job," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "We wanted to see our fastest times of the season at this meet, and by and large that's what's happened the first two days. I am excited about all the A and B cuts we've posted. I am looking forward to another good day tomorrow."
The UGA Fall Invitational will conclude on Sunday with prelims at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 3 p.m. There is no cost for admission to Gabrielsen Natatorium inside the Ramsey Center.