2010 Swimming & Diving Season In Review

Lady Bulldogs Finish Fifth At NCAA Championships

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The Georgia women’s swimming and diving team came in fifth in the NCAA Championships at Purdue. The Lady Bulldogs scored 342.5 points in the three-day meet. Florida took the team title with 382 points. The Lady Bulldogs got individual NCAA titles from Allison Schmitt in the 200 and 500 freestyle, Wendy Trott in the 1,650 freestyle, and the 800 freestyle relay of Morgan Scroggy, Megan Romano, Chelsea Nauta and Schmitt.

Schmitt set school records in the 200 and 500 freestyle, while Scroggy did so in the 200 individual medley and Jana Mangimelli did so in the 400 individual medley.

Scroggy led Georgia with seven All-America citations, followed by Romano with six, and Schmitt and Nauta with four each.

“I am disappointed in the result, but not in my team,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “I am real happy with the character of our team. We had some slip-ups that took us out of contention, and at the highest level you can’t afford to make mistakes. But this group fought as hard as they could all the way to the end, and I have so much respect for them.”

In front of their home crowd at Gabrielsen Natatorium and for the seventh time in school history, the Lady Bulldogs won the SEC title. Georgia led wire to wire and finished with 824.5 points.

“It is nice to win the championship, and winning the championship in this conference is no small feat,” Bauerle said. “We had some exceptional performances, but I think the ladies’ meet was pretty much colored by how good we were across the board. I just told our young ladies to really have fun swimming, and that is a really neat feeling. From the coaching side, it felt good the whole time.”

Wendy Trott won SEC titles in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle races, while Allison Schmitt took the 200 freestyle. Georgia also won the 800 freestyle relay with Morgan Scroggy, Chelsea Nauta, Kelly McNichols and Schmitt and the 400 freestyle relay with Scroggy, Megan Romano, Nauta and Schmitt.

Georgia received several awards after winning the SEC title. Jack Bauerle was chosen as the Women’s Coach of the Year for the 14th time in his career (12 with the women, two with the men).

The All-SEC First Team included Morgan Scroggy, Chelsea Nauta, Kelly McNichols, Allison Schmitt, Wendy Trott and Megan Romano. Second-Team selections included Hannah Moore, Kristen Shickora, Lisa Caprioglio, Anne-Marie Botek, Jana Mangimelli and Michelle McKeehan.

Mangimelli was honored as the Female Freshman of the Year. She was joined on the All-Freshmen Team by Romano and Adrienne Bicek. Caprioglio was chosen as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season, while McNichols was named to the Community Service Team.

The Lady Bulldogs went 6-0 at Gabrielsen Natatorium in 2009-10, extending their consecutive wins at home to 71 in a streak that dates back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Lady Bulldogs are 72-1 all-time within the confines of Gabrielsen Natatorium.

“The streak is something that we’re all proud of,” said Bauerle. “It’s become something of a legacy that gets passed from team to team. They really take ownership of it, and no one wants to be on the team that lets it end. It has become a real point of pride.”

Bulldogs Earn Top-8 Finish At NCAA Championships

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The Georgia men’s swimming and diving team reached its goal of an eighth-place finish in the NCAA Championships at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The Bulldogs rolled up 143 points in the three-day meet. The team title went to Texas, which clipped second place California 500-469.5.

“We earned the top-8 finish,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. “We are ecstatic about it. I am proud of these guys. This is the best team we’ve had in awhile. They showed a lot of character. If this was basketball, we’d be in the Elite Eight, and we all know hard that is to do.”

The Bulldogs posted their 10th top-10 finish under Bauerle. Georgia placed ninth in 2006, seventh in 2008, 10th in 2009 and now eighth in 2010. Martin Grodzki took second in the 1,650 freestyle and Bill Cregar placed third in the 400 individual medley to lead the Bulldogs. Matt Bartlett (100 backstroke) and Mark Dylla (100 butterfly) set school records as did the 400 freestyle relay team of Michael Arnold, Martin Kata, Kevin Frankenfeld and Craig Jennings. Bartlett paced the Bulldogs with five All-America honors.

Georgia came in third at the 2010 Southeastern Conference title with 587 points. Auburn claimed another title with 784 points.

The Bulldogs boasted individual winners in Bill Cregar in the 400 individual medley, Martin Grodzki in the 1,650 freestyle and Mark Dylla in the 200 butterfly. Dylla took the 200 butterfly for the third straight season, and he lowered the SEC meet record for the third consecutive year with an A-cut time of 1:41.47.

“That was a great championship, and I was happy with the guys,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “Some of our guys just swam absolutely great. We were fourth the last two years, so it felt good to step up this year. They know they swam well at the SECs.”

Georgia received several awards after the SEC meet. Bill Cregar, Martin Grodzki and Mark Dylla were named First-Team All-SEC, while Matt Bartlett, Peter Benner and Andrew Gemmell were picked for the Second Team. Grodzki was chosen as the SEC Male Freshman of the Year and was joined on the All-Freshmen Team by Tom Beeri. Hunter Lainhart was chosen for the SEC Community Service Team for the second straight year.

Jack Bauerle was among the nine living head coaches from the Olympics honored by the American Swimming Coaches Association, then he was inducted into the La Salle College High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

Bauerle guided the United States’ women’s team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Under his direction, Team USA won 14 medals (two gold medals, seven silver medals and five bronze medals) – the most of any country in the Games. “It means the world to me to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the best coaches in the world,” Bauerle said. “Not only are they great coaches, but I consider them great friends. They all have influenced me in some way and have made a difference in our success.”

Bauerle’s swimming path started in the Philadelphia area, where he swam for the Germantown YMCA, Manor Lu Swim Club and the Philadelphia Aquatic Club. He was co-captain of the 1970 La Salle team and he was a member of four squads that won Philadelphia Catholic League Championships.

“La Salle is a great school, and I loved every minute of it,” Bauerle said. “I’m not sure there’s a better honor than being recognized by a place where you grew up and spent your formative years.”

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