Aug 14, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams will entertain their league counterparts for the SEC Championships and also will have seven home dual meets and two invitationals during the 2013-14 season, highlighting the schedule released on Wednesday by Coach Jack Bauerle.
“We feel like we’ve assembled an extremely challenging schedule that will toughen us up,” Bauerle said. “We’ll be facing tremendous competition every time we get in the water, so we’ll have to be focused and at our best. We are looking forward to hosting the SECs. Our league is very competitive, and some of the best swimmers and divers in the world will be in Athens in February. Fans of our conference and of swimming and diving won’t want to miss that meet.”
Georgia will play host to the 2014 SECs on Feb. 18-22 at Gabrielsen Natatorium inside the Ramsey Center. The Lady Bulldogs have won the last four conference titles and boast 10 overall.
Georgia will open the season Sept. 25 with a home dual meet against Kentucky. Georgia also will host Wisconsin Oct. 4 and 5 and Georgia Tech Oct. 15 in consecutive meets. Emory will visit Athens on Nov. 15, followed by North Carolina State on Jan. 4, Tennessee on Jan. 25 and Alabama on Feb. 1.
The Lady Bulldogs have won 82 straight dual meets at Gabrielsen Natatorium dating back to November of 1995. That figure is the school record for all sports.
The divers will host the Georgia Invitational Jan. 3-5 and the Bulldog Last Chance Meet will take place March 1-2.
Georgia’s road trips include LSU on Oct. 18, Florida on Nov. 1, the Auburn Invitational Nov. 22-24, Texas A&M on Jan. 10 and Texas on Jan. 11.
Bauerle is within striking distance of another milestone in his storied career. He needs 12 combined victories with the Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs to reach 500 for his career. Bauerle has a career mark of 488-120-2 in dual meets (287-33-1 with the women and 201-87-1 with the men).
The Zone B Diving Championships will be held in Greensboro, N.C., March 10-12.
The NCAA Championships for the women will be March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minn., followed by the NCAAs for the men March 27-29 in Austin, Texas. The Lady Bulldogs claimed the 2013 NCAA title, the fifth in school history.