Feb. 27, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- ESPNU will televise 90-minute highlight shows of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships this week.
The men's meet will air Monday at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs came in third in the four-day meet in Knoxville, Tenn.
Martin Grodzki won the 500 and the 1,650 freestyle races, while Nic Fink swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, and Doug Reynolds claimed the 100 butterfly. Grodzki won the 1,650 freestyle for the third straight year, giving Georgia its eighth consecutive crown in the event. Reynolds became Georgia's first 100 butterfly winner since 1965 when Bo Holland won the event. After the meet, Fink was selected as the SEC Male Freshman of the Year. Michael Arnold set the school record in the 50 freestyle, eclipsing Georgia’s longest-standing mark. Allan Murray set the previous school mark in 1993. Arnold, Fink, Reynolds and John Simmons also set the school record in the 200 medley relay. All told, 15 top-10 times were established in 13 events.
The women's meet is scheduled to air Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs won the title for the third straight year and for the ninth time overall.
The Lady Bulldogs won six events during the meet. Wendy Trott took the 1,650 freestyle, becoming the first woman in league history to claim the mile all four years. Megan Romano won the 100 and 200 freestyle. (Romano also placed second in the 100 backstroke, breaking the school record in the process.) Michelle McKeehan was victorious in the 200 breaststroke and Amber McDermott came in first in the 500 freestyle. Georgia additionally won the 800 freestyle relay with Shannon Vreeland, Melanie Margalis, Jordan Mattern and Romano. After the meet, McDermott was chosen as the SEC Female Freshman of the Year.
The NCAA Zone Diving Championships are slated for March 5-7 in Auburn, followed by the NCAA Championships. The women's meet will be March 15-17 in Auburn as Lady Bulldogs seek the program’s fifth national title. The Bulldogs will head to the NCAAs in Federal Way, Wash., March 22-24.