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2008 Men's Swimming & Diving Season Review
Bulldogs Place 7th At NCAAs

The Georgia men’s swimming and diving team came in seventh place at the NCAA Championships.

In Federal Way, Wash., the Bulldogs rolled up 229 points for their best finish since the 1998 squad finished seventh.

“Our men’s team exceeded expectations, which rarely happens at the NCAAs,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “This team came in ranked 13th and seeded about 11th and it finished seventh. And that was against what I think is the most quality NCAA field we’ve seen. What a great season. I could not be happier.”

Swimmers Sebastien Rouault and Gil Stovall and diver Chris Colwill combined for four individual national titles at the NCAAs. Rouault won the 500- and the 1,650-yard freestyle crowns, setting the school records in each. Stovall took the 200-yard butterfly, eclipsing both the NCAA and school records. Colwill won the 1-meter springboard and was chosen as the NCAA Diver of the Year.

“I am so proud of our seniors,” Bauerle said.  “Chris, Gil and Sebby will never forget being national champions. I am pleased to see them all honored this way. They have worked so hard and mean so much to our program.”

Laak Honored As Nation’s Top Coach

After coaching Colwill to an individual title and two runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championship, Georgia’s Dan Laak was selected as the National Coach of the Year.

Colwill won the 1-meter springboard and finished second on the 3-meter and platform at the NCAAs.  Laak also coached Hannah Moore of the women’s team to a fourth-place finish on 3-meter at the NCAAs.  Colwill and Moore both claimed individual titles at the Zone B Championship.

“To be honored by your peers is very special,” said Laak, who also was National Coach of the Year in 2006. “I wouldn’t be in this position without Chris, and it’s great to see him honored because he works so hard. It’s been rewarding for me to see all our divers work and compete and improve this season. I couldn’t ask for better people for our program. Chris, Hannah, Webb (Worthington), Natalie (Thomas) and Tim (Barrett) were great all year, and I can’t wait to start training for next year.”

Conference Calls For Bulldogs

Chris Colwill was named the Male Diver of the Year and Mark Dylla was selected as the Male Freshman of the Year as the Southeastern Conference announced its swimming and diving postseason awards.

Dylla and Sebastien Rouault earned First-Team All-SEC honors by virtue of their victories at the SEC Championship. Troyden Prinsloo was named to the Second Team for the men, while Dylla and Billy Cregar were named to the inaugural SEC All-Freshman Team.  In addition, Hunter Lainhart was named to the SEC Community Service Team.

Bauerle Reaches 400 Career Wins

Bauerle became a member of the prestigious 400-wins club this season.

He has 242 wins as the head coach of the Lady Bulldogs and 173 victories with the Bulldogs, giving him an overall mark of 415-100-1.

“I am certainly proud of the milestone because it reflects well on Georgia and our program,” said Bauerle, who will be the U.S. women’s head coach at the Olympic Games this summer. “The members of this team are pleased to have this part of Georgia history. That’s a nice point of pride for them. We’ve had so many good people come through the program, and they are all responsible for any records we set now or in the future.”

Frank Comfort retired from North Carolina at the end of last season as the all-time winningest coach with 578 victories. Former Yale coach Bob Kiphuth, with 528 wins, ranks second. Bauerle is third on the list with 415, and he is the winningest active coach.

 

2008 Women's Swimming & Diving Season Review
Lady Bulldogs Place 7th At NCAAs

The Georgia women’s swimming and diving teams came in seventh place at the NCAA Championships.

In Columbus, Ohio, the Lady Bulldogs scored 198 points in Columbus, Ohio, for their 14th consecutive top-7 finish.

“Our women’s team did a heck of a job,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. “It wasn’t a perfect meet, but if you had told me beforehand that we’d finish seventh with seven freshmen, we would have taken it. It’s been an amazing year. We knew that we’d be rebuilding, but to be rebuilding and still be top seven, we’re pretty happy.”

Leading the way for the Lady Bulldogs were Kelsey Ditto, who took third in the 1,650 freestyle and ninth in the 500 freestyle, and Chelsea Nauta, who was sixth in the 500 freestyle and ninth in the 200 freestyle. Diver Hannah Moore (3-meter) and swimmers Morgan Scroggy (200 freestyle), Annie Broome (200 butterfly) and Elizabeth Hill (200 butterfly) also all reached championship finals.

“We saw some exceptional performances at the NCAAs,” Bauerle said. “Our newcomers got a baptism by fire, but they are the cornerstone of our program and this experience will certainly be helpful.”

Lady Bulldogs Pick Up No. 1 Ranking

The Lady Bulldogs went 12-0 this season and earned the No. 1 ranking in the final College Swim Coaches Association of America dual-meet poll.
“This is a wonderful, well-deserved honor for our kids,” Bauerle said. “We had a very good dual-meet team this season. We’ve got a super group of kids. They were tough every time we lined up this year, and they were extremely successful. It’s a nice honor for the kids. They deserve it. This is great for our kids and for our program.”

This is the ninth undefeated season in the Lady Bulldogs’ history. The 12-0 record included wins over co-No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 Florida, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 13 North Carolina, No. 14 SMU, No. 19 LSU, No. 20 Texas and No. 28 Arkansas.

Georgia also had perfect marks in 1986 (9-0), 1997 (8-0), 1998 (9-0), 2000 (6-0), 2001 (10-0), 2004 (11-0), 2005 (9-0) and 2006 (11-0).

Conference Calls For Lady Bulldogs

Hill, Nauta, Scroggy, Aleksandra Putra, Kelly McNichols, and Anna Miller received Second- Team All-Southeastern Conference honors based on their efforts at the SEC Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Moore, Nauta and Lauren English were named to the inaugural All-SEC Freshman Team. Lauren Groblewski was chosen for the SEC Community Service Team.

Bauerle Reaches 400 Career Wins

Bauerle became a member of the prestigious 400-wins club this season.

He has 242 wins as the head coach of the Lady Bulldogs and 173 victories with the Bulldogs, giving him an overall mark of 415-100-1.

“I am certainly proud of the milestone because it reflects well on Georgia and our program,” said Bauerle, who will be the U.S. women’s head coach at the Olympic Games this summer. “The members of this team are pleased to have this part of Georgia history. That’s a nice point of pride for them. We’ve had so many good people come through the program, and they are all responsible for any records we set now or in the future.”

Frank Comfort retired from North Carolina at the end of last season as the all-time winningest coach with 578 victories. Former Yale coach Bob Kiphuth, with 528 wins, ranks second. Bauerle is third on the list with 415, and he is the winningest active coach.

No Place Like Home For Lady Bulldogs

Georgia’s home pool, Gabrielsen Natatorium, is one of the nation’s top facilities, having hosted NCAA and SEC championships. It’s also become one of the toughest places in America for opponents. The Lady Bulldogs went 5-0 at home this season, extending their consecutive wins at Gabrielsen Natatorium to 62.

The win streak dates back to the 1995-96 campaign. To put that in perspective, the members of Georgia’s freshman class were in the first grade when the streak began.

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