Dec. 4, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia swimmers Wendy Trott, Megan Romano, Melanie Margalis and Martin Grodzki automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships during the final day of the Georgia Fall Invitational on Sunday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Georgia's 400 freestyle relay team of Shannon Vreeland, Margalis, Jordan Mattern and Romano also punched its ticket to the NCAAs with an A cut.
The Lady Bulldogs won the three-day invitational with 995 points. Cal was second with 745.5 points and Auburn was third with 594. On the men's side, Auburn was first with 899 points, Cal was second with 812 points and Georgia was third with 656 points.
Trott, the three-time defending national champion in the mile, had a winning time of 15:44.10 on Sunday (just four seconds off her school record). Earlier in the meet, Trott automatically qualified for the NCAAs in the 500 freestyle. Grodzki claimed first in the 1,650 freestyle on Sunday as he stopped the clock in 14:49.33.
Romano picked up her A-cut time of 47.69 as she came in third in the 100 freestyle. In that race, former Cal swimmer Natalie Coughlin, swimming unattached, lowered her own American record to 46.84.
Margalis went 2:09.06 for her A cut in the 200 breaststroke as she came in second. Earlier in the meet, Margalis posted an A cut in the 200 individual medley.
Vreeland, Margalis, Mattern and Romano went 3:14.51 to win the 400 freestyle relay and register an A cut.
"This was a good weekend for our young men and young ladies," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "The competition was as good as we'll see at SECs and comparable to what we'll see at NCAAs. I am very proud of the way our kids stood up and competed. We got a lot accomplished at this meet."
The NCAAs for the women will be held March 15-17 at Auburn, with the men's meet slated for March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.