Dec. 2, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Megan Romano, Annie Zhu, Melanie Margalis and Laura Ryan put together a successful day on Sunday as the UGA Fall Invitational came to a close at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The Lady Bulldogs rolled up a meet-best 991 points, while Cal was second with 876 and Virginia was third with 630. On the men's side, Cal topped the field with 856 points, followed by Virginia (702) and Georgia (662.5).
"I could not be prouder of the way our kids stood up and raced this weekend," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "We wanted to see our fastest times of the fall, and mission accomplished. I was really pleased with the effort we had all weekend. This was a positive experience across the board."
Romano qualified for the NCAAs as she posted a time of 47.99 in winning the 100-yard freestyle. Allison Schmitt (48.42) and Shannon Vreeland (48.69) were second and third, respectively.
Zhu and Margalis recorded A-cut times in the 200-yard breaststroke. Zhu went 2:07.62 to break the school record of 2:07.66 set in 1999 by Kristy Kowal, while Margalis went 2:08.70, which is fourth-fastest in Georgia annals.
Ryan won the platform diving competition in record-setting fashion. Her score of 312.95 eclipsed the school mark (previously 259.80 by Ann-Perry Blank in 2011) and the pool mark (previously 288.60 by Florida's Monica Dodson in 2007). Ryan now has Zone qualifying scores on both springboards and on platform.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Chantal Van Landeghem, Vreeland, Margalis and Romano posted an A-cut time of 3:12.71.
The Bulldogs dominated the 1,650-yard freestyle as Matias Koski came in first (14:53.32), followed by Martin Grodzki (14:57.07), Andrew Gemmell (14:59.97) and Will Freeman (15:05.04). Koski's time is the seventh-best in school history.
Matt Ellis' effort of 43.60 in the 100-yard freestyle ranks second in Georgia annals. In the 200-yard backstroke, Ty Stewart came in third with a time of 1:43.26, third-fastest in school history. The 400-yard freestyle relay of Matias Koski, Nic Fink, Jameson Hill and Ellis went 2:55.75 for the eighth-fastest time in Georgia history.
Georgia's teams will return to action in 2013 when the divers head to the Tennessee Invitational Jan. 3-5 and the swimmers face Savannah College of Art & Design and North Carolina State in Savannah on Jan. 5.