Georgia Swimmers & Divers Hit The Road For The First Time



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Oct. 17, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams will go on the road for the first time this season when they face LSU in Baton Rouge, La., at noon on Friday.

Georgia's teams are 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the SEC after sweeps of Kentucky, Wisconsin and Georgia Tech at Gabrielsen Natatorium. Friday's meet will mark the season opener for the Tigers.

The Georgia Tech meet was on Tuesday, meaning the Bulldogs trained Wednesday and again Thursday morning, traveled Thursday evening and will compete on Friday.

"The quick turnaround is a different kind of deal for us," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "But it's good for our kids to swim twice in one week. It will make us tougher at the end. And it's good for the kids to react to a different setting. Going on the road in this league is never easy, and we expect to see two really good LSU teams."

Senior Melanie Margalis leads the nation with a time of 1:47.09 in the 200 freestyle and a time of 2:13.70 in the 200 breaststroke, while junior Amber McDermott has the top effort (16:22.80) in the 1,650 freestyle.

Freshman Olivia Smoliga, senior Jessica Graber, junior Maddie Locus and sophomore Van Landeghem own the country's fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:31.69, while Smoliga, Margalis, junior Lauren Harrington and Van Landeghem went a national-best 1:40.95 in the 200 medley relay.

Margalis already has NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle, the 200 backstroke, and the 200 breaststroke. McDermott has B cuts in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle and the 400 individual medley. Van Landeghem (50 freestyle) and fellow sophomores Hali Flickinger (200 backstroke) and Annie Zhu (400 individual medley) also have B-cut times. Senior divers Ann-Perry Blank and Ansley Long have achieved Zone-qualifying scores.

On the men's side, sophomore Chase Kalisz boasts the country's fastest time in the 400 individual medley at 3:48.39. He has B cuts in the 200 and 400 individual medley, while sophomore Ty Stewart holds a B cut in the 200 backstroke. Sophomore diver Spencer Madanay has a Zone-qualifying score.

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