Nov. 28, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams will conclude the 2012 portion of their schedule this weekend as they host the UGA Fall Invitational at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The swimming prelims will start at 9:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday, the diving prelims will take place Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., the swimming and diving finals will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and the swimming finals will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
There is no cost for admission. Gabrielsen Natatorium is located inside the Ramsey Center.
In years past, Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle has referred to the UGA Fall Invitational as “a dress rehearsal” for the upcoming championships. The Lady Bulldogs and the Bulldogs will compete in the SEC meet Feb. 19-23 and the NCAAs March 21-23 and March 28-30, respectively.
“It’s beneficial for the kids to experience a multi-day meet like this,” Bauerle said. “For the SECs and the NCAAs, you have to know what it feels like to go through all the steps several times over the course of a few days. The main thing is we want to see the kids swim fast. The times should be the fastest we’ve had all fall. We really haven’t let them off the mat yet as far as training so I’m anxious to see how fast some of them will go.”
Joining Georgia in Athens this weekend will be full squads from California, Auburn, Virginia, Harvard and Penn State along with the Texas men and the Virginia Tech divers. The last two seasons, the Lady Bulldogs have finished as the runner-up to Cal at the NCAA Championships.
“Every team coming has stars,” Bauerle said. “By and large, this is the best invitational in the whole country right now, so I don’t know where we’ll end up. It’s more about finding out about your team than where you place, but you still want to win. There are some great teams coming, and it should be a heck of a weekend.”
In the most recent CSCAA men’s poll, Cal is No. 3, Texas is No. 4, Virginia is No. 9, Georgia is No. 11 and Auburn is No. 16. On the women’s side, Cal is No. 2, Georgia is No. 3, Auburn is No. 9 and Virginia is No. 10.
After the UGA Fall Invitational, the Georgia teams will take a break from competition until January when the divers go to the Tennessee Diving Invitational Jan. 3-5 and the swimmers travel to Savannah to face Savannah College of Art & Design and North Carolina State on Jan. 5. The next (and final) home dual meet will be Jan. 12 against Texas.
200 Freestyle Relay
200 Individual Medley
400 Medley Relay
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
800 Freestyle Relay
400 Freestyle Relay