Georgia Swimmers and Divers Split with Florida
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia swimming and diving teams split with Florida on Thursday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The Lady Bulldogs recorded a 188-110 victory to improve to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. The Lady Bulldogs also extended their all-sports school record to 79 straight home victories and won for the 29th straight time in the SEC. The Bulldogs dropped a 192-104 decision, falling to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the SEC.
"I thought our kids really did a great job today," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "Our women did exactly what we asked them to do. The streaks are intact because they came out focused and wanting to perform well. Our men got pushed around a little bit today, but we've got a young group and they'll get better because of this. We needed a meet like this today. Both teams had some good times, and those are now the standards as we move forward. We need to keep getting faster and keep getting better."
The Lady Bulldogs were led by triple winner (and Florida native) Melanie Margalis. She swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke events (1:01.76 and 2:13.46, respectively) and the 200 individual medley in 1:59.74.
Allison Schmitt, Megan Romano and Laura Ryan each won two events for the Lady Bulldogs. Schmitt took the 100 freestyle in 50.01 and the 200 freestyle in 1:46.66. Romano, another Florida native, won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.77 and 100 backstroke in 54.77. Ryan, an Indiana transfer making her home and SEC debut, won the 1-meter springboard with 315.67 points and the 3-meter springboard with 353.10 points.
"I thought Mel, Schmitty and Meg were just great today," Bauerle said. "In a meet like this, you need your leaders to step up. That's exactly what they did today. They take a lot of pride in what they do, and I could see it in their eyes today."
"It was (Ryan's) first SEC meet, and she won both events, so that was great," said Georgia diving coach Dan Laak. "She's been battling a little bit of tendonitis in her knee, so she's been in and out of the water a lot lately. I thought she did a great job under the circumstances. Her knee is getting a lot better, so at the end of the year a healthy Laura is going to do well at the conference meet."
Amber McDermott claimed the 1,000 freestyle in 9:44.63 and Hali Flickinger won the 200 butterfly in 1:57.92. The 400 freestyle relay of Schmitt, Jordan Mattern, Shannon Vreeland and Romano had the meet's fastest time of 3:19.30.
For the Bulldogs, Nic Fink won the 100 breaststroke in 54.85 and Martin Grodzki claimed the 1,000 freestyle in 9:03.26.
Georgia's teams will return to action Nov. 9 with a 3 p.m. home meet against Missouri.
Tennessee Sweeps Louisville in Knoxville
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee swimming and diving teams swept Louisville on Thursday at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center, the first home meet of the season.
The Lady Vols (4-0, 1-0 SEC) won their home opener with a 190 to 107 victory. The men's team (3-1, 1-0 SEC) followed suit with a narrower margin of victory, 168.5 to 131.5.
Sophomore Tristan Slater's dramatic come-from-behind victories in the 200-yard butterfly and 200 breaststroke helped pace the Vols in the pool where every point counted. He completed his career day with a strong victory in the 400 individual medley.
The divers' performances proved critical for the Vols, as is usually the case in a close meet. Tennessee took a 1-2-3 finish in both men's springboard events, with senior Brent Sterling winning the 3 meter and Mauricio Robles taking the 1 meter.
Senior Kelsey Floyd had a characteristically strong day for the Lady Vols, winning her three individual races. She took first the 200 butterfly, the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle to stay perfect on the day.
Junior Lindsay Gendron was a three-race winner for Tennessee, taking first in the 1650 freestyle, the 200 freestyle and the 400 IM.