June 12, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams recently earned four awards and had an additional seven honorable mention selections for performances during the 2013-14 season, according to an announcement made by CollegeSwimmingAwards.com.
Georgia's four awards were the most of any program, followed by Cal and Stanford with three each.
Chase Kalisz earned the Best Men's Race of the Season nod for his 400 individual medley at the NCAA Championships. Kalisz won the race with a time of 3:34.50 and set the American, U.S. Open, NCAA, NCAA Championships and school records. He bettered Tyler Clary's mark of 3:35.96.
The Georgia women earned the Championship Performance Award based on their efforts at the NCAAs. The Lady Bulldogs went wire-to-wire leading the NCAAs to grab their second straight and sixth overall national title. Georgia rolled up 528 points in the three-day meet, eclipsing Stanford's 402.5 and Cal's 386. Laura Ryan and Brittany MacLean each won two individual events and were named Diver and Swimmer of the Meet, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs' rare tie at Texas A&M in January was chosen as the Most Exciting Women's Dual Meet. The meet came down to the final race of the day, the 400 freestyle relay. Texas A&M won in 3:17.89 and Georgia was second in 3:18.74, giving the Aggies a 150-148 edge. The Lady Bulldogs' B relay of Jessica Graber, Lauren Harrington, Jordan Mattern and Amber McDermott got home in 3:22.67 for a 3/100ths of a second edge over A&M and the final critical two points of the meet. Georgia trailed by as much as 19 points three times, but it scratched back with wins in four straight events to set the stage for the relay fireworks. That was just the second tie in the history of Georgia's program, which dates back to 1973.
CollegeSwimmingAwards.com picked Harvey Humphries as the Women's Assistant Coach of the Year. Humphries helped guide the Lady Bulldogs to the SEC and NCAA titles. Humphries, who currently is serving as acting head coach, just completed his 33rd year on the Georgia staff and his 39th year as a member of the program (including four years as a letterman and two years as a graduate assistant).
Georgia's honorable mention selections were Humphries (Men's Assistant Coach of the Year); MacLean and Olivia Smoliga (Breakout Female Swimmers); the Lady Bulldogs at the SECs (Championship Performance); MacLean in both the 500 and 1,650 freestyle (Best Women's Race of the Season); and the Georgia men (Breakout Men's Team).
A publication titled "Proﬁles in Excellence: 2013-14 College Swimming & Diving Honors" is available at CollegeSwimmingAwards.com. Reaction from the Georgia bench during MacLean's 500 freestyle win at the NCAAs is on the cover.
Nominations were accepted and posted as a survey on a website by CollegeSwimmingAwards.com. Voting concluded in late May and CollegeSwimmingAwards.com announced that the voting participants doubled from 2013.