March 23, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Georgia will have another large contingent competing Saturday night in the finals of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Lady Bulldogs are seeking the program's fifth national title, their first since 2005. Georgia leads with 300 points and California is second with 285. The Lady Bulldogs have finished second to Cal each of the last two years.
During prelims on Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs placed four in the 100-yard freestyle finals. Megan Romano, Allison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland advanced to the championship race, while Chantal Van Landeghem reached the consolation event.
The Lady Bulldogs have two in the 200-yard breaststroke (Annie Zhu, A final; Melanie Margalis, B final) and two in the 200-yard butterfly (Lauren Harrington, A final; Hali Flickinger, B final). Georgia also has Kelsey Gaid in the consolation final of the 200-yard backstroke.
The 400-yard freestyle relay had the morning's fastest time and is seeded first tonight.
Laura Ryan advanced to the championship final on platform diving.
The finals will start at 7 p.m. and can be viewed on ESPN3.com.