Georgia Swimmers Hosting Wisconsin

Oct. 3, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming teams will continue their early-season work with a two-day meet against Wisconsin this weekend.

The Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs will entertain Wisconsin on Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Gabrielsen Natatorium inside the Ramsey Center. Admission to each session is free.

Georgia's teams already have a meet under their belts, topping Kentucky in the season opener last month.

Wisconsin is coached by Whitney Hite, who was an assistant coach at Georgia from 1999-2003. During that span, the Lady Bulldogs won three straight NCAA titles (1999-2001) and twice finished as the runner-up. Hite also earned his master's degree in Education in Athens.

The Badgers will be kicking off their season against Georgia and also will have road meets with traditional powers California, Stanford, Texas and Southern Cal.

"We know we're going to have a really tough meet with Wisconsin," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "Looking at the schedule that Whitney has put together, they're not afraid of a challenge. And that's good for both schools. You only get better by racing quality competition. I think we'll see some pretty good efforts this weekend."

The Lady Bulldogs will be trying to extend their home win streak this weekend. They have not lost a dual meet at Gabrielsen Natatorium since 1995, winning 83 straight in that span to set the school record for all sports.

In other news:

• Georgia swimmers Megan Romano, Shannon Vreeland and Chase Kalisz have been nominated for Golden Goggle Awards by USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation. The 10th annual event will take place Sunday, Nov. 24, in Los Angeles.

Romano, who completed her Georgia career last season, is a candidate for the Perseverance Award and the Relay Performance of the Year (4x100 freestyle and 4x100 medley relays at the World Championships). Vreeland, a current senior for the Lady Bulldogs, is up for the Relay Performance of the Year as well for her efforts on the 4x100 and 4x200 freestyle relays at the World Championships. Kalisz, a current sophomore for the Bulldogs, has been nominated as the Breakout Performer of the Year for his performance in the 400 individual medley at the Phillips 66 National Championships and the World Championships.

To cast a vote for Golden Goggle nominees, visit

• Kalisz and Nic Fink have been chosen to represent the United States in the Duel in the Pool in Scotland in December. The event pits U.S. all-stars against their European counterparts.



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