Nov. 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams will conclude the 2013 portion of their competition schedule this weekend in the Auburn Fall Invitational.
The meet, which will be set up similar to the SEC and NCAA Championships, will run Friday through Sunday at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center. Joining Georgia and host Auburn will be Alabama and Florida State.
Prelims are set for 10:30 a.m. each day, with finals at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
"Our primary goal is to see how fast we can swim," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "I expect us to swim faster than we have all year and to be really good. We've been training hard, we've gotten some fast times lately and we need to keep it going. We are preparing to go fast. We're focusing on Georgia this weekend. We need to do all the little things to make us better."
Bauerle said he is hopeful that Georgia's teams earn some NCAA automatic qualifying times this weekend. Said Bauerle, "It would be nice to have some of those in our stockings for Christmas."
Chase Kalisz enters the weekend with the nation's top time in the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley. He also ranks No. 2 in the 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley. Matias Koski is No. 2 in the 200 and 500 freestyle.
On the women's side, Amber McDermott is No. 3 in the 1,650 freestyle, Melanie Margalis is No. 4 in the 200 individual medley and Hali Flickinger is No. 5 in the 200 butterfly. Georgia also has the second- and third-fastest times in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays, respectively.