ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming teams topped Wisconsin for their second win and sweep of the season on Saturday, concluding a two-day meet in Gabrielsen Natatorium. The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 SEC) outscored Wisconsin 179-139, while the Lady Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) finished with a final tally of 182-136.
The Lady Bulldogs extended to 84 their consecutive wins at home, a streak that dates back to 1995.
Nicolas Fink was a double winner for the Bulldogs on Saturday. Fink’s time of 44.98 gave him the win in the 100 freestyle. He also had the top time in the 100 breaststroke, clocking in at 56.16.
In the 400 individual medley, Chase Kalisz touched the wall at 3:48.39, earning his second NCAA provisional qualifying time of the weekend. Will Freeman won the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 15:32.41. Ty Stewart took first with a 49.46 in the 100 backstroke. Doug Reynolds posted a top time of 48.84 in the 200 butterfly. The team of Fink, Michael Trice, Jameson Hill and Reynolds placed first in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:01.18.
Amber McDermott also picked up two wins. She earned two B cuts, touching in first with times of 16:22.80 in the 1,650 freestyle and 4:17.70 in the 400 individual medley. Runner-up Annie Zhu also recorded a B-cut time of 4:19.31 in the 400 individual medley.
Olivia Smoliga finished first with a 46.41 in the 100 backstroke. Emily Cameron posted a top time of 1:03.78 in the 100 breaststroke. Smoliga, Melanie Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:43.58.
“Overall, I thought we had two pretty good days,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. “Our kids have been training hard, and the results showed up this weekend. We’re getting better every day. We’ve just got to keep working hard and stay focused on what we’re doing.”
Georgia will host instate rival Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The meet will take place at Gabrielsen Natatorium and admission is free.
Razorbacks Win Convincingly at North Texas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback swimming and diving team concluded its trip to North Texas Saturday morning, with a 207-91 win over North Texas. The Razorbacks had first place wins in 14 of 16 events.
“They swam well as a team in regards to the first 16-event dual of the season,” head coach Sean Schimmel said. “They did a good job in preparation and execution. That was what I was looking for.”
Coach Schimmel was also impressed with the leadership on the team that was evident over the trip.
“I saw great leadership from the upperclassmen, laying a foundation, how they went about their business during the weekend, being engaged with each other, and having focus especially between the pool deck and bench,” Coach Schimmel said. “They laid a great foundation and stayed focus.”
The Arkansas relay team of sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas), junior Nikki Daniels (Witchita, Kan.), junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.) and sophomore Nina Drolc (Velenje, Slovenia) kicked off the night with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:44.70. Daniels and White are veterans in the event and this win marked their seventh. The win was Drolc’s sixth and Mayfield’s first in the event.
Junior Lauren Jordan of Carmel, Ind., took down the competition in the 1,000 freestyle, hitting the wall in 10:27.85 to score for Arkansas. The win was Jordan’s third in the event.
Senior Nicole Menzel of Hilton Head, S.C., took to the water in the 200 freestyle to win with a time of 1:52.92. The win marked Menzel’s third in the 200 freestyle.
Daniels collected her fifth win in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.96. Last season Daniels became the first Razorback to All-American in the event.
Freshmen Katie Kearbey of Nevada, Mo., recorded her first collegiate event win in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:06.08 to contribute to Arkansas’ win.
White found her third event win in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.69. White also placed first in the 100 butterfly in 56.75. The event win was her second in career history and her third win of the meet.
Senior Kesha Naylor posted another win for the Razorbacks in the 1-meter dive with a score of 260.10. That marked the 11th event win for the native of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Drolc recorded her second career win in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.38.
Mayfield took first in the 200 backstroke in 2:00.99 to contribute points to the Razorbacks. The first-place finish was Mayfield’s fifth in the 200 backstroke. The win also marked Mayfield’s third of the meet.
Junior Julia Banach of Eilat, Israel recorded her sixth event win in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:20.27.
Menzel completed the 500 freestyle in 5:05.33 to win first for the Razorbacks, her sixth career win in the event.
The 3-meter board was claimed by Rebecca Taylor with a score of 288.60. Arkansas’ sophomore Shelby Bartlett (Noblesville, Ind.) placed third with a score of 238.72.
Sophomore Maddie Monroe earned her first career win in the 200 individual medley in 2:07.53 to score for the Razorbacks.
“This was good for us to get our routine down and get our timeline down,” Coach Schimmel said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do for our first SEC competition.”
The team will travel to Baton Rouge, La., for its first conference meet against LSU on Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. The teams last met on Oct.30, 2008, at the Arkansas Natatorium and the Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 151-149.
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