Jan. 15, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams split their meets with Texas on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The No. 2 Lady Bulldogs posted a 169.5-130.5 victory over No. 3 Texas, while the 11th-ranked Bulldogs dropped a 135-106 decision to the No. 1 Longhorns. Saturday marked the final home dual meets of the season, and the Georgia seniors were recognized before each competition.
The Lady Bulldogs won 10 of 16 events in Saturday's meet, with three double winners leading the way. Kelsey Gaid claimed first in the 200 backstroke with a 1:56.50 and took the 100 backstroke in 54.59. Allison Schmitt won the 200 and 500 freestyle by posting times of 1:47.19 and 4:50.29, respectively. Melanie Margalis took the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.38 and the 400 individual medley in 4:10.51.
Emily Montesinos won the 50 freestyle by touching in at 22.99, Wendy Trott took the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:53.84 and Megan Romano claimed the 100 freestyle by posting a 50.30. The team of Romano, Morgan Scroggy, Chelsea Nauta and Schmitt placed first in the 400 freestyle relay with a 3:20.91.
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-0. Georgia also ran its streak of consecutive victories at home to 73 dating back to the 1995-96 season.
In the men's meet, Martin Grodzki won twice for the Bulldogs. He took the 1,000 freestyle in 9:07.17 and the 500 freestyle in 4:25.95. Mark Dylla claimed the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:45.45. The 400 freestyle relay team of Jameson Hill, Kevin Frankenfeld, Martin Kata and Michael Arnold touched first in 3:00.08.
"I am proud of the way our young men and young women competed today," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "We knew Texas would provide a stern test for us, and I was pleased with the way we responded and with the way we raced. For the women, the streak has never been anything we've focused on, but I can tell you it means more to us knowing we've kept it alive going against quality opponents like Texas. And I know this senior class is especially proud to have kept it going."
Georgia's teams will visit Tennessee next Saturday.