Kalisz, Margalis, Smoliga Earn SEC Weekly Honors
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Nov. 5, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia swimmers Chase Kalisz, Melanie Margalis and Olivia Smoliga have earned Southeastern Conference weekly honors, according to an announcement by the league office on Tuesday.

Kalisz and Margalis were chosen as the SEC Swimmers of the Week, while Smoliga was picked as the SEC Female Freshman of the Week.

Kalisz won three individual events -- all with the top times in the country -- during Georgia’s meet at Florida. The sophomore from Bel Air, Md., claimed the 200 butterfly in 1:43.55, the 200 breaststroke in 1:57.20 and the 200 individual medley in 1:45.23. All three of those times rank No. 1 in the nation and are NCAA provisional qualifying times. Kalisz is also No. 1 in the country in the 400 individual medley and holds a B-cut time in the event.

Margalis won two individual events and was on a victorious relay against the Lady Gators. A senior from Clearwater, Fla., she won the 200 freestyle in 1:46.92 and the 200 individual medley in 1:57.88. Both times were B cuts and rank first in the SEC, plus she is No. 2 in the country in the 200 individual medley and No. 4 in the 200 freestyle. She also swam the second leg of the 200 medley relay that won in 1:39.80 (second-best in the country) and she came in second in the 200 backstroke in 1:56.35. Margalis previously posted B cuts in the 100 and 500 freestyle, the 100 and 200 backstroke, and the 200 breaststroke. Nationally, she is No. 5 in the 200 backstroke, No. 8 in the 100 freestyle and the 200 breaststroke, and No. 9 in the 500 freestyle.

Smoliga led off two victorious relays, helping the 200 medley relay win in 1:39.80 and the 400 freestyle relay win in 3:22.17. The 200 medley relay time ranks second nationally and the 400 freestyle relay is No. 7. A freshman from Glenview, Ill., Smoliga came in second individually in the 100 freestyle (49.77) and the 100 backstroke (54.43), both marks ranking fourth in the SEC. Her 100 backstroke effort lowered her NCAA provisional qualifying time while her 100 freestyle time ranks ninth nationally. 

Georgia's teams will return to action Friday, Nov. 15, at home against Emory.

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