Jan. 11, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams will wrap up the home dual meet portion of the schedule on Saturday as Texas visits Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The meet will begin at 11 a.m. and there is no cost for admission. Prior to the meet, seniors Kelsey Gaid, Megan Romano, Allison Schmitt, Martin Grodzki and Brett Roberson will be recognized.
“Senior day is a great day for those kids,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “It’s our chance to thank them for all they’ve done – and they’ve done an awful lot. It’s hard to let them go. This day is really tough because you never want to see them leave. It’s a talented group, a tough group. They’ve been so successful, and we could not be prouder of them.”
After the emotion of senior day, the Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs will have to transition into the challenge of facing the Longhorns. The women’s meet features two teams in the top 5 (Georgia is No. 3, Texas is No. 5), while the Bulldogs are ranked 12th and the Longhorns are rated fourth. The Texas women are coached by a familiar face. Carol Capitani spent 14 years at Georgia as an assistant coach and as associate head coach before taking over the Texas program last summer.
“Carol is going to coach them well, and they will give us everything they’ve got,” Bauerle said. “I’m nervous about the meet, but I think it will be a great meet. She’s got a great dual meet team, a team that covers all the bases. For our men, it will be a baptism by fire against a strong Texas team, but I think we’ll see some amazing races.”
The Lady Bulldogs will be putting their Gabrielsen Natatorium streak on the line again Saturday. Georgia has won 81 straight meets at home dating back to 1995. Texas is the only team to beat Georgia in the regular season since the 2007-08 campaign, with both wins coming in Austin.
“I’m an optimist, so I’d like to think we’ll do well,” Bauerle said. “But I’m also a realist, and I know what can happen. Hopefully they’re as tired as we are. If they’ve been training the way we have, I think we have a good chance. Hopefully being at home and defending our turf helps.”
Schmitt has the nation's fastest time in the 200 freestyle this year, while the Lady Bulldogs also boast the country's best efforts in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays. Romano is No. 2 in the 100 freestyle and No. 6 in the 50 freestyle nationally and Melanie Margalis is No. 3 in the 200 individual medley. Romano and Margalis are also the SEC leaders in those events. On the men's side, Matias Koski is the SEC leader and ranks second nationally in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle and third nationally in the 1,650 freestyle.