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    SEC Swimming & Diving Today: November 9

    Georgia Swimmers And Divers Sweep Missouri

    ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia swimming and diving teams swept new Southeastern Conference rival Missouri on Friday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

    The 10th-ranked Bulldogs posted a nail-biting 151-147 decision to improve to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. The No. 2 Lady Bulldogs coasted to a 186-106 win and moved their overall record to 4-0 and their conference mark to 3-0. The Lady Bulldogs extended their all-sports school record with their 80th consecutive win at home. Georgia also won for the 30th straight time against an SEC opponent.

    The Bulldogs sealed the victory with a win in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Matias Koski, Nic Fink, Doug Reynolds and Jameson Hill stopped the clock in 2:58.70. Prior to the final relay, Georgia was down 141-140.

    "That was a great finish," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "I am so proud of our guys for battling through the entire meet. I had a feeling coming into this meet that it could come down to the final relay — and that's how it played out. It's rare that you get into dual meets that are this close. Pulling this one out was big for our guys, and it will help us down the road. We grew up a lot today."

    Will Freeman led a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Bulldogs in the 1,000 freestyle as he stopped the clock in 9:07.91. Hill went 1:38.23 to claim the 200 freestyle. Fink won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.16. Koski touched in 20.46 to win the 50 freestyle. Matt Ellis' 44.95 was the top time in the 100 freestyle. Martin Grodzki posted a time of 4:25.57 to take the 500 freestyle. Reynolds went 48.65 to win the 100 butterfly. Ty Stewart won the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:53.05.

    Allison Schmitt was a double winner for the Lady Bulldogs as she took the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.03 and had the meet's fastest time in the 100 butterfly of 54.81.

    The Lady Bulldogs opened the meet with the 200 medley relay team of Megan Romano, Megan Molnar, Maddie Locus and Chantal Van Landeghem taking first in 1:42.42. The 400 freestyle relay team of Locus, Olivia Boggs, Courtney Peters and Romano closed the meet in similar fashion, touching at 3:24.65 for the first-place finish.

    Jordan Mattern claimed the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:09.15. Melanie Margalis came in first in the 200 freestyle in 1:49.03. Molnar went 1:03.42 to take the 100 breaststroke. Peters finished first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.89. Jessica Graber's 23.11 in the 50 freestyle was good enough for first place. Boggs won the 200 breaststroke as she stopped the clock in 2:17.83. Nicole Vernon touched first in the 500 freestyle in 4:54.64. Annie Zhu won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:16.99. Laura Ryan paced the field on the 3-meter springboard as she registered 307.05 points.

    "Our women were solid again today," Bauerle said. "Our frontline people were strong, but we also had some of our 'second-tier' kids step up today. We're getting better every day and we're moving in the right direction."

    Friday's meet marked the first time Georgia and Missouri have squared off in a regular-season dual meet.

    Georgia's teams will return to action next Friday at 5 p.m. at home against Emory.
     




    Gamecock Swimming & Diving Sweeps College of Charleston

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — The South Carolina swimming and diving teams put forth one of their best efforts of season on Friday night as they swept College of Charleston in a dual meet that was held at two venues.

    The Gamecock men defeated the Cougars, 178-115, while the Carolina women captured its first win of the season with a 169-126 victory. South Carolina had a dominant night, finishing first in 23 of the 28 events in 25-meter short course at the Stern Center Pool in Charleston, S.C., and sweeping the boards at the Carolina Natatorium.

    “Tonight was a good tune-up for our invitational next week,” South Carolina head coach McGee Moody said. “We had some people swim off events and got the opportunity to race and win some events. The freshmen took advantage of the opportunity and did a great job tonight.”

    With the win, the 21st-ranked Gamecock men improve to 2-3 on the year, while the women move to 1-4.

    Several Gamecocks had multiple wins on the night. Junior Narayan Naik led the way with three first-place finishes. A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., Naik won the 100 backstroke (58.27), 200 backstroke (2:06.98) and the 400 IM (4:37.84).

    Senior Brooks Ross, junior Alex Fitton and sophomore Michael Covert added two wins apiece for the Carolina men. Ross claimed the 800 freestyle (8:24.37) and the 400 freestyle (4:07.52). Fitton touched first in the 200 freestyle (1:56.05) and the 100 freestyle (52.51), while Covert won the 200 butterfly (2:08.06) and the 100 butterfly (57.45). Collin Kaden (100 breaststroke, 1:05.70) and Bobby Cave (200 breaststroke, 2:24.45) also had wins for the Gamecocks.

    On the women’s side, juniors Abby Galbreath and Rachael Schaffer each had two wins. Galbreath swam to first-place finishes in the 800 freestyle (9:17.07) and 400 freestyle (4:35.61). Schaffer finished first in the 200 butterfly (2:20.53) and the 400 IM (4:56.50). Junior Lauren Raczkowski (200 freestyle, 2:10.01) and freshmen Lauryl Williams (100 breaststroke, 1:15.15), Casey Papp (100 freestyle, 58.78), Alicia Cheripka (200 backstroke, 2:21.33) and Elise Weisert (200 breaststroke, 2:45.46) also recorded wins for South Carolina.

    In the relay events, the Gamecocks won three of the four races. The Carolina women won both the 200 medley relay (2:02.97) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:48.81), while the men claimed first in the 200 medley relay (1:46.66).

    The diving corps delivered another strong performance on Friday, winning all four boards. All of South Carolina’s scores were NCAA Zone qualifying marks as well. Senior Rylan Ridenour won the men’s one-meter springboard with a score of 389.93, while sophomore Cole Miller (380.18) and junior Andrew Helmich (317.63) finished second and third, respectively. Miller won the three-meter springboard with a mark of 424.05. Ridenour took second with a score of 402.45, and Helmich was third with 344.70 points.

    In the women’s events, sophomore Patricia Kranz won both events. She claimed the one-meter board with a total of 344.93 and the three-meter board with a score of 372.38. Senior Chay Malvasio finished second in both events, scoring 344.63 on the three-meter and 312.23 on the one-meter. Freshman Lauren Lamendola also dove on the three-meter and finished third with a total of 311.10.

    “We have definitely turned the corner in our training,” South Carolina diving coach Todd Sherritt said. “I just can’t say enough. I thought the whole group did a great job tonight. They really stepped up to the plate and got their NCAA Zone qualifying scores. Patti just continues to climb. She’s going to be good. All of them are.”

    The Gamecocks will return to action next week as they travel to Christiansburg, Va., for the three-day Virginia Tech Invitational. The event runs Nov. 15-17 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.