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    SEC Swimming And Diving Central: Saturday

    LSU Wraps Up Day Two of Georgia Diving Invite

    ATHENS, Ga.— Lady Tiger divers Cassie Weil and Alex Bettridge wrapped up the third and fourth spot in the final of the women’s 3-meter. Weil finished with 319.50 points and Bettridge with a season high score of 313.55. Both will move on to the Bulldog Shootout held tonight.  
     
    For the men, Sean McKinney placed seventh with 330.30 points on the 1-meter springboard. Kevin Leong just missed the finals with a 13th place finish after a score of 279.35.
     
    “We had another solid day highlighted by Cassie and Alex on the 3-meter,” LSU Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “They competed very well and earned a spot in the shootout competition. Sean fought well on the 1-meter and just narrowly missed another top six-place finish. Overall, their performances are right on track with what I want to see this time of the year.”
     
    In the prelims of the women’s 3-meter springboard, Allie Alter collected another 30th place finish (229.35). Freshman Katie Lagarde also finished 32nd with a season high score of 218.10. 
     
    Zakary Rowton went on to finish18th with 269.40 points in the prelim of the men’s 1-meter.
     
     Competition concludes tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT with the men’s platform. The women’s platform will begin at 1 p.m. CT.
     
    A full recap will be available on lsusports.net at the conclusion of each day. For more information and updates on LSU Swimming and Diving please visit LSUsports.net, ‘like’ us on Facebook at LSU Swimming and Diving or follow us on Twitter @LSUswimdive. 



    Bulldogs Sweep N.C. State

    ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams swept North Carolina State on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
     
    The No. 4 Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-0 with a 186-113 victory, while the No. 10 Bulldogs moved to 6-1 as they posted a 156-142 decision. The Lady Bulldogs also extended their own all-sports school record with their 87th consecutive win at home.
     
    "Our kids did a really good job today," Senior Associate Head Coach Harvey Humphries said. "North Carolina State gave us a real challenge and our kids had to respond. We've been training really hard, so it was good to stand up and race again after a long break. We were really proud of the effort."
     
    Amber McDermott won three times for the Lady Bulldogs, taking the 200 backstroke in 2:01.13, the 1,000 freestyle in 9:58.68 and the 400 individual medley in 4:21.47. 
     
    Annie Zhu was a double winner, sweeping the breaststroke races in 1:03.23 and 2:16.33. Brittany MacLean won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.21. Rachel Zilinskas claimed the 500 freestyle as she stopped the clock in 4:50.80. Melanie Margalis went 55.39 to win the 100 butterfly.
     
    Laura Ryan took the 1-meter springboard with 315.30 points and Ann-Perry Blank won the 3-meter board with 327.05 points.
     
    The 200 medley relay of Olivia Smoliga, Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem placed first in 1:41.46. 
     
    Nicolas Fink swept the breaststroke races in 55.71 and 2:02.12. Ty Stewart won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:47.31 and the 400 individual medley in 3:55.59.
     
    Taylor Dale stopped the clock in 48.80 to win the 100 backstroke. Matias Koski claimed the 500 freestyle in 4:29.75. Garrett Powell's 9:15.64 was good enough for first in the 1,000 freestyle.
     
    Spencer Madanay claimed the 3-meter springboard with 298.60 points.
     
    With the victories, Jack Bauerle earned his 500th and 501st wins as Georgia's coach. He is just the sixth coach in NCAA history to reach the 500-wins plateau.
     
    Georgia will return to action next Friday and Saturday with meets at Texas A&M and Texas.



    Gators Begin Year with Sweep of Ranked FSU Teams

    Gainesville, Fla.-The Florida Gator swimming teams returned from a six-week competition hiatus to sweep Florida State in front of an overflow crowd on Saturday at the O'Connell Center. The third-ranked UF men (5-0, 3-0 SEC) defeated No. 16 FSU (3-1) by a score of 180-118 and the fifth-ranked Florida women (3-2, 2-1 SEC) took down No. 23 FSU (6-2) by a total of 153-147.
     
    The Gators showed fight after a tough six weeks of training as every UF swim was slower than the results from the Fall season. Florida men led from start to finish, winning all of the freestyle, breaststroke and relay events. The Gator women needed to battle back after Florida State placed 1-2 in both sprint events. The gator women finished strong with wins in the 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 100 butterfly. A second place finish in the 200 free relay clinched the final score for the Orange and Blue.
     
    Senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) led the Gators with a pair of sprint victories and was on both the first place 400 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. Fresh off of a silver medal at the European Short Course Championships, freshman Mitch D'Arrigo (Rome, Italy) touched first in the 200 free and 500 free. Junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) also had two wins, reaching the wall first in the 400 individual medley and the 1000 free.
     
    Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) swept the backstroke events and completed a grueling back-to-back double with a second place finish in the 200 breaststroke immediately after winning the 200 back. Senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) posted wins in both breaststroke events and swam the breaststroke leg of the first place 400 medley relay. The Gator distance group swept the 1000 freestyle with a 1-2-3-4 finish behind senior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.).
     
    Sounds Bites:
    "It is nice to have a win, but we were real sloppy. We kind of anticipated that it would be tough for us today. We started a really good training cycle and we were a bit rusty today. There were things that we didn't do too well, but we raced tough. I was proud of the women's side. We have a couple cases of the flu running through our team and we were running back and forth to the locker room. They stayed on top of their game and I am real proud of the efforts. We've got some work to do. This is about how good we can be in February and March. We've got to get to that point."- Head Coach Gregg Troy
     
    "I am glad we came out on top after losing to FSU last year. It was definitely good to come back this year and win, especially because it is my senior year and the last time that I will have a chance to go against FSU. I think we raced pretty tough. We're pretty tired. Christmas training is pretty hard for us. We didn't know what to expect today. We had a mini-meet within our team before the meet, so we were pretty tired today. It is definitely a good indicator of where we are right now and where we will be swimming at the end of the year."- Senior Elizabeth Beisel
     
    "I knew about the UF-FSU rivalry well before I was in college. To come here, and see the stands full of FSU and Gator fans, is really cool and it shows that this is one of the best rivalries in the country."- Beisel
     
    The Streak Goes On: The Gator men have now gone 20 straight dual meets without dropping a dual, a record that dates back to Jan. 21, 2011.
     
    Series History: With the wins, Florida men lead Florida State 53-23-1 all-time and Florida women lead the Seminoles 40-3 all-time.
     
    Event Breakdown: The Gator men touched first in 12 of 14 events. Florida and FSU both split the events at seven individual events and one relay event apiece. FSU swept all four diving events on Thursday.



    Three UK Divers to Finals in UGA Invite

    LEXINGTON, Ky. –University of Kentucky divers Greg Ferrucci, John Fox and Lindsay Keahey advanced to the finals and placed in the top 12 for the second consecutive day of the Georgia Diving Invitational in Athens, Ga., Saturday.
     
    Fox and Ferrucci placed ninth and tenth, respectively, in the finals of the men’s 1-meter after making the finals in the 3-meter on Friday. Keahey finished 12th in the women’s 3-meter final a day after she posted a 12th-place finish in the 1-meter final.
     
    “Our guys were pretty steady today against some tough competition,” UK diving coach Ted Hautau said. “John dove confidently and consistently. Lindsay made the finals against a good field again today and she’s figuring out how to compete.”
     
    Fox finished ninth with a score of 327.10 in the finals, over 35 points higher than his preliminary round score. Ferrucci was just behind Fox with a 320.05 in the finals after a 296.90 in the prelims.
     
    Keahey was UK’s lone representative in the 3-meter and notched a 267.40 in the finals to finish 12th. The junior advanced to the 12-diver finals out of a field of 52 in the prelims.
     
    Zach Peterson finished 17th, and Noah Richter placed 28th in the 1-meter prelims but did not place in the top 12 to advance to the finals. The men’s field totaled 29 divers.
     
    The Georgia Diving Invitational concludes Sunday with platform events.
     
    The spring season officially begins for the entire team next weekend, when the Wildcats travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to race SEC-foes Alabama and Arkansas on Jan. 11.
     
    For complete news and updates on the Kentucky Swimming and Diving program, go to UKathletics.com/SwimmingDiving. Breaking news, behind-the-scenes updates, photos and more can be found on Twitter at @UKSwimDive and Facebook at Facebook.com/UKSwimDive.



    Ryan First, Blank Second for UGA on 3-Meter Board

    ATHENS, Ga. --- Laura Ryan was first and Ann-Perry Blank was second on the 3-meter springboard on Saturday to highlight Georgia's showing in the UGA Diving Invitational at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
     
    Ryan rolled up 332.40 points and Blank posted 328.20 points to pace the Lady Bulldogs. Also Saturday, Ansley Long placed 16th with 259.85 points, followed by Darcie O'Brien in 20th with 252.60, Elizabeth Ann Kirkland in 24th with 243.05 and Haley Goodman in 51st with 174.35.
     
    In the men's 1-meter springboard competition, Spencer Madanay came in 19th with 266.85 points. Bobby Chambless placed 22nd with 249.40 and Walker Wheeler took 26th with 229.60. SMU's Devin Burnett took top honors with 381.90 points.
     
    The UGA Diving Invitational will conclude on Sunday with platform diving. The men will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the women at approximately 2 p.m. There is no cost for admission.


     

    Alabama Diver Paige McCleary Posts Top-5 Finish at Georgia Diving Invitational

    ATHENS, Ga. – Alabama diver Paige McCleary took fifth place off the 3-meter board on day two of the Georgia Invitational Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga.

    The senior scored 302.55 points in finals to take fifth place off the 3-meter springboard. McCleary opened the invitational by winning the 1-meter competition.

    On the men’s side of the meet, freshman Brent Sagert was once again Alabama’s top finisher, taking 14th place off the 1-meter board in prelims after scoring 278.30 points.

    McCleary and her teammates close out competition on Sunday when both the women and men will compete off platform.
     




    Georgia Swimmers, Divers Sweep N.C. State
            
    ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia swimming and diving teams swept North Carolina State on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

    The No. 4 Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-0 with a 186-113 victory, while the No. 10 Bulldogs moved to 6-1 as they posted a 156-142 decision. The Lady Bulldogs also extended their own all-sports school record with their 87th consecutive win at home.

    "Our kids did a really good job today," Senior Associate Head Coach Harvey Humphries said. "North Carolina State gave us a real challenge and our kids had to respond. We've been training really hard, so it was good to stand up and race again after a long break. We were really proud of the effort."

    Amber McDermott won three times for the Lady Bulldogs, taking the 200 backstroke in 2:01.13, the 1,000 freestyle in 9:58.68 and the 400 individual medley in 4:21.47.

    Annie Zhu was a double winner, sweeping the breaststroke races in 1:03.23 and 2:16.33. Brittany MacLean won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.21. Rachel Zilinskas claimed the 500 freestyle as she stopped the clock in 4:50.80. Melanie Margalis went 55.39 to win the 100 butterfly.

    Laura Ryan took the 1-meter springboard with 315.30 points and Ann-Perry Blank won the 3-meter board with 327.05 points.

    The 200 medley relay of Olivia Smoliga, Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem placed first in 1:41.46.

    Nicolas Fink swept the breaststroke races in 55.71 and 2:02.12. Ty Stewart won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:47.31 and the 400 individual medley in 3:55.59.

    Taylor Dale stopped the clock in 48.80 to win the 100 backstroke. Matias Koski claimed the 500 freestyle in 4:29.75. Garrett Powell's 9:15.64 was good enough for first in the 1,000 freestyle.

    Spencer Madanay claimed the 3-meter springboard with 298.60 points.

    With the victories, Jack Bauerle earned his 500th and 501st wins as Georgia's coach. He is just the sixth coach in NCAA history to reach the 500-wins plateau.

    Georgia will return to action next Friday and Saturday with meets at Texas A&M and Texas.




    Tigers Continue Competition at Georgia Diving Invite

    ATHENS, Ga. - The Mizzou diving team continued competition at the Georgia Diving Invitational with three top-seven finishes on day two action on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. The Tigers are competing against 13 other schools, including Southeastern Conference foes Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee and host Georgia.

    On the men's 1-meter, senior David Bonuchi (Columbia, Mo.) and sophomore Clark Thomas (Olathe, Kan.) advanced to finals to finish second and fifth, respectively. Bonuchi, who ended prelims in eighth with 314.35 points, notched a finals round score of 376.85 to end up in second-place.

    Thomas was the top prelims finisher with a career high tally of 365.65, which bested his previous high of 349.95. The sophomore posted 314.35 points in the finals to finish in fifth-place.

    Sophomore Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich.) led the way on the women's 3-meter as she took seventh overall with a finals round score of 287.75. She was the 13th-best finisher in prelims with a total of 269.10.

    Redshirt junior Loren Figueroa (Houston, Texas) narrowly missed finals with a 13th-place finish after a round of 262.85. Junior Lauren Callin (Middleton, Wis.) was 28th with 231.10.

    Final day action at the Georgia Diving Invitational gets underway at 9 a.m. CT on Sunday, Jan. 5 with the men's and women's platform competition.




    Six Auburn Divers Advance to Finals on Second Day of Georgia Diving Invitational

    ATHENS, Ga. – Six Auburn divers advanced to finals on the second day of the Georgia Diving Invitational on Saturday at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.

    On the men’s side, Junior Fraser McKean was the top finisher for Auburn on the 1-meter springboard with a season-best score of 370.65. McKean qualified second for the 12-diver final in the prelims with 364.20.

    Senior John Santeiu IV posted a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s final with a 360.55 on the 1-meter, seven points better than his prelim score of 353.35. Santeiu joins McKean as the pair of Tigers in Saturday night’s knockout competition.

    Sophomore Justin Youtsey posted an 11th-place finish with 315.25 points to round out Auburn’s trio of divers in the 1-meter final. Youtsey qualified seven during Saturday morning’s prelim round, recording a 316.30 to earn a spot in the final. Junior Michael Beran finished 15th with 277.85 points.

    Three Auburn women advanced to the 12-diver final on the 3-meter springboard. Junior Cinzia Calabretta was the top finisher for the Tigers for the second straight day, placing sixth with a 293.55. Calabretta will represent the Tigers in Saturday night’s knockout competition on the 3-meter board.

    Junior Shanna Schuelein qualified sixth during Saturday’s prelims with a score of 294.05, the highest mark for the Tigers to begin the day. She finished eighth in the 3-meter final with 282.10.

    Sophomore Morgan Mullins qualified in the final spot to earn her way into the final with a score of 271.65. Mullins finished 11th overall with a 269.35 in Saturday’s final. Sophomore Carly Scheper placed 17th with a 255.00.

    The Tigers wrap up the competition tomorrow at 8 a.m. CT with the men’s platform final. The women also conclude the three-day meet tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT with a one-list platform final.

    For the latest updates on Auburn Swimming and Diving, follow the Tigers on Twitter, @AuburnSwimming or like Auburn Swimming and Diving on Facebook.




    Lera, Lamp Qualify for 3-Meter Final
            
    ATHENS, Ga. - Redshirt senior Tori Lamp and sophomore Samantha Lera both qualified for the 3-meter springboard finals Saturday at the Georgia Diving Invitational.

    In the finals, Lera climbed one spot to take 10th with a six-dive score of 372.20.

    Lamp finished eighth in the preliminaries with a total of 288.35. This week is Lamp's first competition since returning from a shoulder injury, so she did not dive in the finals to avoid overwork. She was third on the 1-meter springboard on Friday.

    "Tori was a little rusty, but I was pleased that she was able to make the finals," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "We didn't want didn't want to overdo it, so we pulled her from the finals. Samantha did a good job after yesterday's competition. She improved one spot in the finals. I was happy with the quality of the competition and how she performed."

    Freshman Gaffney Taylor placed 40th in the 3-meter prelims with a score of 209.45.

    On the men's side, freshmen Michael Howell and Lee Fullam both competed on the 1-meter springboard. Howell was 24th in 239.90 and Fullam was 29th in 211.75.

    "Michael and Lee continue to learn what it takes to compete at this level," Parrington said.

    The platform competition is Sunday.