Dec. 3, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia women’s 800 freestyle relay team took first place with a NCAA automatic qualifying time at the Georgia Fall Invitational on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The relay team, made up of Melanie Margalis, Shannon Vreeland, Jordan Mattern and Megan Romano, clocked a 7:00.55. Romano and Vreeland also took first and second in the 200 freestyle, finishing with times of 1:44.33 and 1:44.49, respectively. In addition, Kristen Shickora recorded an automatic qualifying time of 52.27 in the 100 backstroke.
The No. 1 Lady Bulldogs held the lead with 715 points. California is in second place with 534.4 points, followed by Auburn with a score of 409. Georgia’s men’s team stands in third place with 481 points, behind Auburn with 611 points and California with 523 points.
“The ladies did a great job," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “It seems like every year we get a rising star. Jordan [Mattern] came out of nowhere and swam four times and kept getting stronger as the meet went on. Megan [Romano] and Kristin [Shickora] also continued to do well and I was really impressed with their races. We had some weaknesses on the men’s side, but we’ll be able to correct those in other events this season. It was a good effort all around and if we have a good third day then we’ll have had a great meet.”
The men were led by Jameson Hill who finished with a time of 1:36.51 in the 200 freestyle and Michael Arnold who recorded a 47.21 in the 100 butterfly. Jared Markham recorded a B-cut time in the 400 individual medley, touching in at 3:49.45.
The meet will conclude Sunday as the preliminaries are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The finals will start at 3 p.m., and admission is free.