Nov. 15, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams will conclude the dual-meet portion of their 2012 schedule on Friday.
Georgia will play host to Division III power Emory on Friday at 5 p.m. There is no cost for admission to Gabrielsen Natatorium inside the Ramsey Center.
The third-ranked Lady Bulldogs are off to a 4-0 start, including three victories against SEC foes. The No. 10 Bulldogs boast a 2-1 mark, 1-1 in the SEC.
"I think this will be a good meet for us," said Nic Fink, who is the SEC leader in the 100 breaststroke this season. "We've all be training really hard, and we want to come out and put together some fast swims. I'm really looking forward to seeing how we do."
This will be the final competition before the Georgia Invitational Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Gabrielsen Natatorium. Scheduled to compete with the Georgia squads are perennial powers such as California, Auburn, Texas, Virginia, Penn State, Harvard, UCLA and Virginia Tech.
"We're pretty happy with where we are right now, but we need to see a few of our people in some other events before the invitational," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "We can put some people in some different spots but also have some fine races with Emory. They have one of the finest Division III teams in the country year in and year out."
The Lady Eagles have won five Division III national titles, including each of the last three seasons.
Martin Grodzki is first in the SEC and second in the country in the 1,000 freestyle this season. On the women's side, the 400 freestyle relay of Allison Schmitt, Chantal Van Landeghem, Shannon Vreeland and Megan Romano leads the SEC and ranks second nationally. Schmitt is first and fourth in the 100 freestyle, while Romano is first and sixth in the 50 freestyle.
The Lady Bulldogs once again will be putting their all-sports school record for consecutive home wins on the line. Georgia has won 80 straight at Gabrielsen Natatorium dating back to 1995. After Friday's meet, the only remaining home dual meet will be Jan. 12 against Texas (which is coached by former Georgia assistant Carol Capitani).