Oct. 31, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia and Florida swimming and diving teams will renew their rivalry in the pool on Friday in Gainesville.
Friday's top-10 meet will begin at 10 a.m. with diving, followed by the swimming events at noon. The meet can be viewed on FloridaSwimNetwork.com.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America released its first women's poll of the year on Thursday, placing Georgia second and Florida in sixth. In the men's rankings announced last week, the Gators were No. 2 and the Bulldogs were No. 6.
"This meet is really beneficial for both programs," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "It's a good measuring stick to see where we stand in early November and the rivalry between us makes the kids stand up and race even harder. It's always a tough meet that goes right down to the end. You know in this meet both teams will give everything they've got. This is the kind of meet where every point will be critical."
Georgia's squads are both off to 4-0 starts, including 2-0 marks against SEC competition. The Florida men are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the SEC, while the Florida women are 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
The Bulldogs' Chase Kalisz still owns the nation's top time in the 200 breaststroke and is expected to be joined by teammate Nicolas Fink (No. 7) and Florida's Matt Elliott (No. 3) and Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (No. 6) in a premier race. Kalisz (No. 4 and No. 5) and Florida's Marcin Cieslak No. 2 and No. 1) also are expected to square off in the 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley, respectively. The 500 and 1,000 freestyle each could feature four swimmers in the top 10, including Georgia's Matias Koski, who is No. 8 and No. 4, respectively.
On the women's side, Chantal Van Landeghem, Melanie Margalis, Shannon Vreeland, Amber McDermott, Brittany MacLean, Rachel Zilinskas and Annie Zhu of Georgia are among the national leaders in several events and will square off against the likes of Florida's Natalie Hinds, Elizabeth Beisel and Sinead Russell. Georgia diver Laura Ryan, a medalist at both the SECs and the NCAAs a year ago, is expected to make her 2013-14 debut after undergoing offseason knee surgery.