Nov. 8, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams will return to action on Friday against new Southeastern Conference member Missouri.
Georgia will entertain the Tigers on Friday at 3 p.m. at Gabrielsen Natatorium inside the Ramsey Center. There is no cost for admission.
The second-ranked Lady Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start, including a 2-0 mark in the SEC, while the No. 10 Bulldogs are 1-1 and 0-1. The Missouri women are 3-1 and 1-1, while the Missouri men are 3-0 and 1-0.
Georgia and Missouri have never faced each other in a dual meet. The Tigers joined the SEC earlier this year along with Texas A&M (which will host the conference championship meet next February).
"Missouri is building a really strong program," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "We know they will provide great competition, and they are a welcome addition to the SEC. I've known (Missouri coach) Greg Rhodenbaugh for many years. He's a wonderful guy who does things the right way. He's got two really good teams."
This will be Georgia's first meet since an Oct. 25 matchup with Florida at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
"We're a little healthier and we're a little more rested, though we've been pushing pretty good in practice," Bauerle said. "We've had a decent layoff here, so it's time to stand up and race again. We're looking forward to going against Missouri."
The Lady Bulldogs will be putting two lengthy win streaks on the line Friday. Georgia has recorded 79 straight victories at Gabrielsen Natatorium, a streak that dates back to the 1995-96 season and stands as the school record for all sports. The Lady Bulldogs also have won 29 straight meets against SEC opponents.
Allison Schmitt ranks first in the SEC and fourth in the nation in the 100 freestyle, while Megan Romano is first and fifth in the 50 freestyle. The 400 freestyle relay of Schmitt, Chantal Van Landeghem, Shannon Vreeland and Romano is first in the league and second in the country. On the men's side, Martin Grodzki and Nic Fink rank first in the SEC and second in the country in the 1,000 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke, respectively.
First-year Georgia assistant coach Stefanie Williams, a 28-time All-American and four-time NCAA champion, for the Lady Bulldogs, spent three seasons as a Missouri assistant earlier in her career.
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