Swimmers, Divers Facing Alabama, South Carolina
Megan Romano leads the SEC in the 50 and 100 freestyle this year.


Megan Romano leads the SEC in the 50 and 100 freestyle this year.
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Feb. 1, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's swimming and diving teams will conclude the regular season on Saturday with a double dual meet against Alabama and South Carolina in Tuscaloosa.

Saturday's meet will take place at the Alabama Aquatic Center and will begin at noon. It will mark the final competition before the Southeastern Conference Championship Feb. 19-23 at Texas A&M.

"It's going to be the final dual meet ever for our seniors, and it snuck up on us pretty fast," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "Our goal is to finish up with a couple of good efforts by the teams, get some good swims and get ready for the big one. We're putting the finishing touches on things because the SEC meet is coming down the tracks fast."

Georgia's squads will be looking to bounce back from last Saturday's losses at Tennessee. For the Lady Bulldogs (8-1, 3-1), it was their first loss to an SEC foe since the 2006-07 season and their first setback to Tennessee since 1989. The Bulldogs check in on Saturday at 5-3 and 1-2.

"We've had a good week of practice and preparation," Bauerle said. "We were disappointed in the result of the meet at Tennessee, but we were not disappointed in the effort. Tennessee swam a great meet and we were beaten by a good team. Alabama and South Carolina can pose just as much of a problem. We have to be ready to compete and fight until the last relays."

Bauerle will be seeking another milestone in his already-storied career. He enters the weekend with a 30-year record of 199-87-1 with the Bulldogs. Bauerle is also 285-33-1 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.

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