Jan. 25, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams will travel to Knoxville this weekend to face Tennessee in one of the final dual meets of the season.
The No. 2 Lady Bulldogs (8-0, 3-0 SEC) and the No. 12 Bulldogs (5-2, 1-1 SEC) will square off with Tennessee in the Jones Aquatic Center at noon on Saturday. Georgia's final competition before next month's SEC Championship will be a tri-meet with Alabama and South Carolina in Tuscaloosa next weekend.
"We're definitely in the home stretch now," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "This is not just a dual meet for our teams, but it's also a chance for some of the kids to prove themselves in terms of being on the conference championship team. Our kids have done a good job all year, and I don't see why that wouldn't continue. We know they'll get up and race hard and put themselves in position to be successful.
"It's tough this time of the year because of the training. It's even tougher because of the challenge we have with Tennessee. We've been lucky to escape with some wins up there. It's always hard in Knoxville, and I think this is a meet that could go down to the last relays."
On Saturday, Bauerle will be seeking another milestone in his already-storied career. He enters the weekend with a 30-year record of 199-86-1 with the Bulldogs. Bauerle is also 285-32-1 in 34 seasons with the Lady Bulldogs.
Allison Schmitt has the nation's fastest time in the 200 freestyle this season, and the Lady Bulldogs lead the country in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays. The Lady Bulldogs boast additional SEC leaders in Megan Romano (50 and 100 freestyle), Melanie Margalis (200 individual medley) and Laura Ryan (platform diving). For the Bulldogs, Matias Koski is the league leader in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events.