Georgia Places 25 Swimmers, 1 Diver In Saturday's SEC Finals



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Feb. 18, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- Georgia will have 25 swimmers and one diver in the finals tonight at the SEC Championships.

The Lady Bulldogs have 13 in championship finals and two in consolation finals, while the Bulldogs have seven up and four down. The Lady Bulldogs enter the night with a 91.5-point lead as they seek their third straight SEC title.

Michelle McKeehan had the morning's fastest swim in the women's 200 breaststroke to lead the Georgia contingent into the championship final. She will be joined by Melanie Margalis (third) and Jana Mangimelli (fifth). Shannon O'Malley came in 10th to reach the B final.

Kelsey Gaid had the morning's second-fastest time in the women's 200 backstroke, followed by Kristen Shickora in fourth and Jordan Mattern -- all of whom made the A final. Nicole Vernon, who came in 11th, will be in the B final.

In the women's 100 freestyle, Megan Romano, Shannon Vreeland and Maddie Locus came in second, third and fourth, respectively, in the prelims to make the championship final.

Lauren Harrington placed sixth in the women's 200 butterfly to advance to the A final.

Georgia has Wendy Trott, Amber McDermott and Sommers Creed (exhibition) in the 1,650 freestyle.

Ann-Perry Blank came in seventh in the prelims of the women's platform diving to reach the evening session.

The Bulldogs placed four in the men's 200 breaststroke finals. Nic Fink (fourth) and Tom Beeri (seventh) made the A final, while Brett Roberson (11th) and Spencer Rowe (15th) advanced to the B final.

Jared Markham came in second in the men's 200 backstroke to advance to the A final.  Michael Arnold placed ninth in the men's 100 freestyle and moved into the B final. In the men's 200 butterfly, Peter Benner took eighth to reach the A final, while Will Freeman came in 15th to advance to the B final.

Martin Grodzki, Andrew Gemmell and Will Freeman will represent the Bulldogs in the 1,650 freestyle.

Georgia also will enter teams in the women's and men's 400 freestyle relay in the finals, which begin at 6 p.m.

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