Oct. 10, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams will be back in action on Tuesday at Gabrielsen Natatorium against instate rival Georgia Tech.
The meet inside the Ramsey Center will start at 4 p.m. There is no cost for admission.
Georgia's teams are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the SEC after early-season meets with Kentucky and Wisconsin.
"The kids have done a nice job considering this will be our third meet of the year and it's really about the time that we normally would be starting," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "We've got them focused on racing hard right now, regardless of the opponent. But since this is against Tech and so many of our kids know their kids, there's something a little extra added. We know they'll be pretty fired up for this one without us having to say a lot about it."
Georgia has national leaders in three events: Melanie Margalis in the women's 200 breaststroke, Amber McDermott in the women's 1,650 freestyle and Chase Kalisz in the men's 400 individual medley. Margalis ranks No. 2 in the 500 freestyle and Chantal Van Landeghem is second in the 50 freestyle, while McDermott is fourth and Annie Zhu is fifth in the 400 individual medley, Brittany MacLean is fifth in the 1,650 freestyle and Hali Flickinger is fifth in the 200 backstroke. Kalisz is fourth in the 200 individual medley, Will Freeman is No. 4 in the 1,650 freestyle and Ty Stewart is fifth in the 200 backstroke.
The Lady Bulldogs will be looking to extend their home winning streak. Georgia has won 84 consecutive meets at Gabrielsen Natatorium dating back to 1995, a school record for all of UGA's teams.
Bauerle has a personal winning streak against the Yellow Jackets as he is 28-0 all-time (18-0 coaching the women, 7-0 coaching the men and 3-0 as a Georgia swimmer).
Georgia Tech is coached by Courtney Shealy Hart, who was a 5-time NCAA and 19-time SEC champion for Georgia from 1997-2000. Said Bauerle, "She's done a great job at Georgia Tech and we are very proud of her."