Six Bulldogs To Swim In Short Course World Championships
Megan Romano

Oct. 4, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. - Six current and former members of the Georgia swimming team will represent the United States at the 2012 FINAShort Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, on Dec. 12-16, according to an announcement by USA Swimming.

Current swimmers Melanie Margalis, Megan Romano, Allison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland will be joined on the Team USA roster by former Bulldogs Kara Lynn Joyce and Mark Dylla.

The U.S. roster will feature 17 of the 2012 Olympians, including Joyce and gold medalists Schmitt and Vreeland. The Short Course World Championships, held every two years, will mark the first major international competition for many U.S. swimmers since the Olympic Games.

The U.S. swimmers selected to compete at the Short Course World Championships were chosen based upon their performance at any of the following three meets: the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, the 2012 Olympic Games or the 2012 U.S. Open.

Schmitt earned five medals in London -- three gold (200-meter freestyle, 4x200-meter freestyle relay, 4x100-meter medley relay), one silver (400-meter freestyle) and one bronze (4x100-meter relay). She currently ranks first-all time among Georgia swimmers with six Olympic medals, including a bronze from the 2008 Games. She currently holds both the American and U.S. Open records in the 200-meter freestyle and the American record in the 400-meter freestyle. Vreeland joined Schmitt on the gold-medal-winning 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

Last season, Romano set the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and Georgia records in the 200-yard freestyle, and she also holds school records in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. She earned high-point honors at the U.S. Open back in August, collecting four wins (100- and 200-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter backstroke) and one runner-up finish (50-meter freestyle). Margalis currently ranks second in school history in the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys, and she ranks fifth in the Georgia record book in the 200-yard breaststroke.



Joyce was an 18-time national champion during her career from 2004-07. Dylla ended his Georgia career in 2011 with a national championship in the 200-yard butterfly.

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