Jan. 31, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams will conclude the regular-season portion of their schedule on Saturday when they entertain SEC rival Alabama.
Saturday's meet at Gabrielsen Natatorium inside the Ramsey Center will start at 11 a.m. There is no cost for admission.
Prior to the meet, divers Ann-Perry Blank, Ansley Long and Laura Ryan and swimmers Will Freeman, Andrew Gemmell, Jessica Graber, Jameson Hill, Melanie Margalis, Doug Reynolds, Christian Riess and Shannon Vreeland will be recognized in a Senior Day ceremony.
"It's an accomplished group," said Harvey Humphries, Georgia's Senior Associate Head Coach. "Their fingerprints can be found all over our program. They've been tremendous ambassadors in the pool and away from it. They've led by example athletically and academically. It's a bittersweet day because of the emotions attached to it, but it's an appropriate way for us to thank them for all they've done."
The Lady Bulldogs enter Saturday's competition ranked No. 2 and boasting a 9-0-1 record (4-0-1 SEC), while Alabama's women are No. 23 at 5-1 and 2-1. The Bulldogs are ranked 12th at 8-2 and 4-1 and the Crimson Tide is 3-2 and 1-1.
The Lady Bulldogs will be aiming for their third 10-win season in four seasons and the members of the senior class are 37-2-1. Georgia's women also are 36-1-1 in their last 38 SEC dual meets.
The Lady Bulldogs once again will be putting their Georgia all-sports home win streak on the line. Dating back to 1996, the Lady Bulldogs have won 88 consecutive dual meets at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Margalis stands No. 2 in the 200 individual medley, No. 3 in the 400 individual medley, No. 4 in the 100 breaststroke and No. 5 in the 200 breaststroke in the national rankings. Brittany MacLean has the country's fastest time in the 1,000 freestyle, while Amber McDermott is No. 3 in the 500 freestyle and Vreeland is fifth in the 200 freestyle. Chase Kalisz is first in the 400 individual medley and second in the 200 individual medley, while Ty Stewart is No. 4 in the 200 backstroke.