March 17, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. --- The Georgia women's swimming team will have ten participants in the finals Saturday night in the NCAA Championships at Auburn's Martin Aquatic Center.
In addition, the Lady Bulldogs will have an entry in the 400 freestyle relay.
Megan Romano won the 100 freestyle prelims with a time of 47.05, breaking the school record of 47.24 set by Kara Lynn Joyce in 2007 and the pool mark of 47.29 set by ex-Lady Bulldog Maritza Correia in 2003. Maddie Locus (48.48) and Shannon Vreeland (48.49) were 10th and 12th, respectively, to make the consolation final. Jessica Graber was 52nd in 50.05.
Wendy Trott will try to become the first woman in history to win the NCAA title in the 1,650 freestyle four times. Trott and Amber McDermott will represent the Lady Bulldogs in the timed final.
Georgia will have three swimmers in the 200 breaststroke consolation final. Michelle McKeehan was ninth in 2:09.29, Jana Mangimelli took 10th in 2:09.77 and Melanie Margalis placed 15th in 2:10.39. Shannon O'Malley was 32nd in 2:12.34 and Megan Molnar came in 50th in 2:15.25.
Kelsey Gaid (1:53.87) and Kristen Shickora (1:54.02) were ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 200 backstroke to advance to the consolation final. Jordan Mattern was 31st in 1:56.32 and Nicole Vernon was 37th in 1:57.15.
The 400 freestyle relay of Locus, Vreeland, Margalis and Romano placed first in prelims with a time of 3:12.74
In the 200 butterfly, Lauren Harrington finished 34th in 1:58.77.
The Lady Bulldogs will enter tonight's competition with 247 points. Cal has the team lead with 311 points.