2007 Swimming & Diving Season ReviewSchedule and Results | Roster | Coaches | Men's Top Performances | Women's Top Performances
2007 Men's Swimming & Diving Season Review
Sebastien Rouault and Gil Stovall each recorded individual third-place finishes to highlight Georgia's showing, while Neil Versfeld added a fourth-place effort.
Georgia went 12-1 during the regular season, including a 4-0 showing in the Southeastern Conference. During SEC competition, the Bulldogs picked up a 1-point win at Florida - their first victory against the Gators since the 2000-01 campaign.
"I am really proud of both of Sebby," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "He came through at the SECs with some really big performances, just like he always does. He has represented our program in a tremendous way. He leads every day by his work ethic. We couldn't be happier for him for this award."
"Will does things the way they need to be done, and that's what makes him successful in the pool, in the classroom and in the community," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "Will has been one of my favorite guys to coach. He demonstrated leadership early in his career and has gotten more and more successful every year. He fits a lot of things into his days, and he does them all well. He understands what college life for a student-athlete is supposed to be about."
Colwill was selected to represent the United States at the 2007 FINA World Championships by USA Diving, and he placed fourth on the men's 1-meter springboard.
Colwill redshirted during the 2006-07 season for the Bulldogs, so he will be a senior on next year's squad.
"Chris has performed very well the last 12 months and has represented the University of Georgia and the United States very well," Georgia diving coach Dan Laak said. "I am very proud of him. We're thrilled that he will have one more year with us."
In 2006, Colwill won the NCAA title on the springboards and was named the National Diver of the Year.
2007 Women's Swimming & Diving Season Review
The Lady Bulldogs scored 290 points at the NCAAs, giving them their 11th consecutive top-5 finish. Georgia also placed second at the SEC Championship, its 12th straight top-3 showing.
"I can't be more proud of this team," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said following the NCAAs. "This is as hard fought a battle as we have ever had to make. We got everything we could have asked for. This was a great championship for the kids. I am happy for our coaching staff, and I am elated to be in this position."
"I could not be prouder than I am of Kara Lynn Joyce for representing the University of Georgia the way she has the last four years," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "She's been a great ambassador for our school and for our sport in and out of the pool. We are going to miss her so much. She has been a remarkable competitor. She certainly is deserving of the Honda Award for everything she's done."
Joyce capped her career by winning the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events at the NCAA Championship, becoming only the second woman ever to claim four straight national titles in two events. She earned both National Swimmer of Year and Southeastern Conference Swimmer of Year honors for the second straight time. Joyce is second all-time with 18 national titles (nine individual and nine relays) and she won nine individual SEC titles.
"You never head into the NCAAs going after a record or a certain number of wins," Joyce said "All I have ever tried to do is score as many points as I can for my team. Out of those wins, nine came on relays, which means I wouldn't even be in this position without my teammates."
In voting conducted by the league's coaches, Kara Lynn Joyce was named the SEC Swimmer of the Year after winning three individual events and claiming the Commissioner's Trophy for high-point honors. Joining Joyce on the First Team were Claire Maust and Aleksandra Putra, while Anne-Marie Botek, Jessica Cole, Kelly McNichols and Anna Miller made the Second Team.
The Knoxville News Sentinel also named Joyce as the SEC Swimmer of the Year, with Maust and Putra joining her on the First Team. The Honorable Mention list included Anna Miller, Mhyria Miller, Botek, Cole and McNichols.
The Lady Bulldogs went 7-0 at home this season, extending their consecutive wins at home to 57. The streak dates back to the 1995-96 campaign, when the current seniors were fifth-grade students.