Nov. 26, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Laura Ryan, Melanie Margalis and Olivia Smoliga of the Georgia women's swimming and diving team have earned weekly honors from the Southeastern Conference, according to an announcement on Tuesday by the league office.
Ryan was chosen as the SEC Female Diver of the Week, Margalis was tabbed as the SEC Female Swimmer of the Week and Smoliga was picked as the SEC Female Freshman of the Week. For Margalis and Smoliga, it is their third such distinction this season and their second straight in as many weeks.
Ryan, a senior from Elk River, Minn., won the 3-meter springboard competition with 373.65 points at the Auburn Fall Invitational. She came in second on the 1-meter springboard with 307.95 points. Ryan improved her NCAA Zone qualifying scores on both boards during the invitational. In addition, she placed fifth on platform, despite scratching her last dive.
Margalis, a senior from Clearwater, Fla., registered four individual wins and was on four victorious relays. She swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke races in 59.15 and 2:08.10 and the 200 and 400 individual medley events in 1:54.08 and 4:01.70. All four efforts were NCAA automatic qualifying standards. Margalis lowered her own school records in the 200 and 400 individual medley, moved to No. 2 in the 100 breaststroke and improved her No. 3 time in the 200 breaststroke. She is second in the nation in the individual medley events and in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 breaststroke. Margalis helped the 400 and 800 freestyle and 200 and 400 medley relays post wins with A-cut times. The 200 medley relay time ranks second and the 400 medley relay stands fourth in Georgia's record book.
Smoliga, a freshman from Glenview, Ill., posted two individual wins and was on three victorious relays. Smoliga won the 100 backstroke in 51.97, registering an A-cut time, and claimed the 100 freestyle in 48.35. Smoliga came in second in the 50 freestyle and on the 200 freestyle relay, and she was sixth in the 100 butterfly. Smoliga ranks No. 3 in the 50 freestyle, No. 4 in the 100 freestyle and No. 5 in the 100 backstroke nationally. Smoliga is now second in the 100 backstroke, seventh in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle in Georgia history. She joined Margalis in helping the 400 freestyle and 200 and 400 medley relays post wins and enter the school record book.
Georgia's squads are idle until early January.