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    SEC Swimming And Diving Today: Saturday

    Lady Bulldogs Knock Off Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas --- The No. 4-ranked Georgia women's swimming and diving team earned an impressive road win on Saturday, dispatching No. 8 Texas at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
    The Lady Bulldogs (8-0-1) posted a 157.5-142.5 victory over Texas (5-3). The No. 10 Georgia men (7-2) dropped a 169-126 decision to the No. 2 Longhorns (4-1).
    Shannon Vreeland, Brittany MacLean, Melanie Margalis  and Laura Ryan were double winners for the Lady Bulldogs on Saturday.
    Vreeland won the 100 freestyle in 49.90 and the 200 freestyle in 1:47.94. MacLean reached the wall first in the 500 freestyle (4:47.31) and the 1,650 freestyle (16:23.61). Margalis claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.81 and the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:57.67. Ryan swept the springboard diving, registering 319.58 points on 1-meter and 375.08 points on 3-meter.
    The Lady Bulldogs also got a win in the 200 butterfly from Hali Flickinger (2:00.02) and in the 200 breaststroke from Annie Zhu (2:13.31).
    For the Bulldogs, Ty Stewart posted a pair of victories. He went 1:46.15 in the 200 backstroke and 1:48.35 in the 200 individual medley. 
    Andrew Gemmell won the 1,650 freestyle in 15:22.01 and Taylor Dale claimed the 100 backstroke in 48.34.
    The 200 medley relay of Dale, Nicolas Fink, Pace Clark and Michael Trice stopped the clock with a first-place time of 1:28.79.
    Georgia's teams will be idle until Jan. 25 when they entertain Tennessee.

    LSU Divers Break School Records in Win Over Oklahoma Baptist

    BATON ROUGE – Sean McKinney scored a 425.70 on 3-meter and Alex Bettridge scored 336.07 on 1-meter to break two LSU Diving school records in the win over Oklahoma Baptist.
    The LSU men won 51-26 over the bison wile the women won 54-26 over the lady bison. LSU won 14 out of 16 possible relays as well as all four diving events. 
    “It was a different format and I was telling the men and women that we really needed to just step up and race, ”LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “Oklahoma Baptist has some really talented swimmers and we saw it right away. We responded well and fought all morning. I liked how we responded in those tough situations. It was good to see us have fun in this different atmosphere and format.”
    LSU got out to a hot start again. Both the men and women won the 3x100 butterfly relay. LSU’s “A” team of Kara Kopcso, Emily Weaner and Rainey White won it for the Lady Tigers (2:48.12) and the team of Frank Greeff, Alex Linge, and Devin McCaffrey took first for the men (2:27.35).
    Going into the 3x100 backstroke relay, the LSU women’s team of Makenna Wilson, Caley Oquist and Sophie Weber finished first (2:47.27) and Logan Rysemus, Daniel Swietlicki and Michael Young took first for the men (2:25.94). 
     The next event was the 3x100 breaststroke. Again, both the men and women won. The Lady Tigers won with Jessica Kopcso, Taryn Mackenzie and Colleen O’Neil (3:14.14) and the men won with Rooker, Ricardo Alvarado Jiminez and Garrett House (2:48.32). 
    After a break in competition, the women’s team of Amber Carter, Sophie Weber, Megan Cox, Stacey Stanfield and White and the men’s team of Malique Elder, Swietlicki, Rysemus, Rooker and Bergeron took first in the 5x100 freestyle relay. 
    The Lady Tigers “A” team of Oquist, Torrey Bussey, Kara Kopcso and Leah Troskot took first in the 400-medley relay (3:48.57). The men’s team of Young, Jiminez, Greeff and Marco Gonzalez also took first with a mark of 3:21.10.
    The women’s team of Angele Cherbonnier, White, Carter and Katlin Sepp finished first in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:35.92. 
    The swimmers took one final break and in the last four events, LSU won three. Both the men and women won the 3x200 medley relay. The Lady Tigers won with Kopcso, Weber and O’Neil (6:16.90) while the men won with the team of Greeff, Rysemus and Brandon Goldman (5:40.26).
    The men then won the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Linge, Michael Saco, Gonzalez and Tyler Crosson took first with a mark of 3:00.83.
    On the diving side, it was season and career bests all around. Katie Lagarde finished second on 1-meter with a season high score of 254.92. On the men’s 1-meter, Kevin Leong scored a career high 384.15 for the second highest score in LSU Diving history. Zakary Rowton also finished second with a career high score of 347.10.
    On 3-meter, Cassie Weil finished with a season high score of 366.45. Allie Alter (334.87) and Katie Lagarde (333.90) then posted career high scores for second and third place finishes. 
    “We relaxed and just performed today,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “We settled in and there wasn’t really a lot of high pressure. I talked to the divers and I wanted them to focus in even though it was a more relaxed environment. We broke some records and across the board we dove really well. It was a good reward for all of the hard work we’ve put in during 2014.”
    The LSU Swimming and Diving team finishes off the 2013-14 home schedule January 18, at 1 p.m. against Texas A&M. It will be the final meet for the seniors.
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    South Carolina Sweeps Duke

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – In their first meet in 49 days, both the South Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams came away with convincing wins over Duke this afternoon at the Carolina Natatorium. The Gamecock men claimed their win with a score of 184-116, while the women won 167-133.
    The Gamecocks won 19 of 32 events on the day and finished 1-2-3 in five events (men’s 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 500 freestyle; women’s 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle) and claimed at least the top two spots in 12 races. The men were led by redshirt senior Michael Flach who picked up three wins. Sophomore Marwan El Kamash and redshirt freshman Kevin Leithold each chipped in with two wins.  The women got three wins from junior Victoria Mitchell, while sophomore Lauren Lamendola took two wins with a sweep in the diving events.
    Flach led a dominant showing from South Carolina in each of his wins. At 9:33.33, he finished just ahead of teammate Alex Eiden in the 1,000 freestyle. In the 100 butterfly, he grabbed the top spot at 50.09, just edging out freshman Sam Lynch, while sophomore Eric Lethander took third to pull off the 1-2-3 finish. In the 200 butterfly, the Gamecocks didn’t quite get the 1-2-3, but did come away with three of the top four as Flach clocked a time of 1:48.54 and seniors Gerard Rodriguez and Matt Navata finished in third and fourth, respectively.
    El Kamash (1:39.40) and Rodriguez (1:40.16) went 1-2 for the Gamecocks in the 200 freestyle. Later in the meet, Lethander joined the two as the group swept the top three spots in the 500 freestyle as El Kamash grabbed his second win of the day at 4:32.94.
    In the men’s 100 freestyle, Leithold earned his first win of the afternoon, topping El Kamash with a mark of 45.90. The redshirt freshman then finished off the day with his second individual win in the day’s final individual event, posting a time of  1:52.29 in the 200 IM.
    Lynch (50.85) led the way in the 100 backstroke as freshman Jonathan Boland and senior Jay Warner took second and third for another 1-2-3 finish from Carolina .
    Mitchell claimed her wins in the 200 backstroke (2:01.84), and the 200 (1:51.12) and 500 (4:55.05) freestyles. Junior Elisabeth Worrell joined her in the 200 backstroke as the duo went 1-2 in the event. The Gamecocks had the top four times in the 500 freestyle as Mitchell finished ahead ofsophomores Cooper Brown and Elizabeth Maltby, and freshman Jean Livingston.
    Also picking up wins for the women’s team was sophomore Ashleigh Ferguson (100 backstroke, 57.22), senior Abby Galbreath (200 IM, 2:06.98), senior Amanda Rutqvist (200 breaststroke, 2:16.86), and Worrell (200 fly, 2:03.96). In Worrell’s win in the 200 butterfly, she bested teammates junior Annika Jonsson and sophomore Caroline Bixler as the group went 1-2-3.
    In the relays, the Gamecocks lone win came in the meet’s final event, the men’s 400 freestyle relay behind the team of El Kamash, Rodriguez, Flach and Leithold that posted a time of 3:04.39.
    Against a tough group of divers from Duke, Lauren Lamendola gave South Carolina both of its wins as she swept the women’s boards. The sophomore topped Duke’s Kendall McClenney by just over 10 points in the 1-meter with a score of 277.72. She best McClenney again in the 3-meter, this time by less than five points, with a score of 262.05. Junior Patricia Kranz finished in third on both boards.
    Junior Cole Miller had the Gamecocks best showing on the men’s side, finishing second with a score of 338.63 on the 1-meter behind 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Nick McCrory. Miller took third on the 3-meter with 340.05 points.
    The Gamecocks return to the Carolina Natatorium on Jan. 24 as they host Queens University and Wingate University in a two-day meet. Senior day ceremonies begin prior to events on the second day.

    Alabama Opens New Year with Wins Against Arkansas and Kentucky

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama swimming and diving teams opened up the New Year with decisive wins over Southeastern Conference competition Saturday afternoon at the Alabama Aquatic Center. The Tide women beat Kentucky (152-110) and Arkansas (149-113) while the men downed the Wildcats (184-96).
    “We’ve been a little up and down in terms of our consistency and we wanted to get back on track today and I think we did that,” UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. “What I saw today was a team that was spirited, brought some fight to the meet, was excited about competing and performing up to the best of their abilities. It was a good day for us.”
    Four different Crimson Tide men picked up two individual victories on the day.  Senior All-American BJ Hornikel picked up wins in the 100 and 200 freestyle, touching the wall with times of 45.40 and 1.39.86, respectively.  Anton Mckee continued his consistent freshman campaign by winning the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.42 and the 200 breaststroke with a 2:00.17.
    Sophomore distance ace Brian Westlake posted a time of 15:46.71 to win the 1650 freestyle and swam a 4:32.26 to win the 500 freestyle later in the meet.  Sophomore Crews Wellford earned a win in the 100 backstroke (49.73) and the 200 backstroke (1:49.66).
    Newly arrived freshman Kristian Gkolomeev, who joined the Tide a little more than 48 hours prior to the meet, won his first collegiate event, the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.48.  Freshman Connor Oslin contributed a victory in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:49.80.
    The men also had a strong day when it came to the relays.  In the meet-opening 200 medley relay, the team of Oslin, Mckee, sophomore Brett Walsh and Hornikel picked up the win with a 1:29.52.  To round out the day, the relay team of Gkolomeev, Walsh, senior Vlad Caciuc and Hornikel dominated the field in the 200 freestyle relay, posting a time of 1:19.14 which was five and a half seconds faster than the second place team.
    On the women’s side of the meet, sophomore Emma Saunders took home the top spot in two events, winning both the 100 and 200 freestyle races with times of 51.26 and 1:49.35, respectively.  
    Senior Stephanie Kinsey won the 100 backstroke, coming in with a time of 55.76.  Junior Kaylin Burchell picked up an individual win in the 100 breaststroke, while junior Kristel Vourna won the 50 freestyle.  Burchell touched the wall in 1:01.70, while Vourna posted a time of 23.38.
    Like the men, the Tide women swept the relay races. Freshmen Caroline Korst, Bridget Blood, Leah Bird, and Bailey Scott won the 200 medley relay with a 1:41.04, while Vourna, sophomore Justine Panian, Kinsey and Scott combined to win the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:32.69.
    Alabama closes out its home schedule on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. against Emory. 


    UK Women Fall to Arkansas by One Point in SEC Tri-Meet

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – After over six weeks off from competition, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving team returned to action Saturday, where the UK women suffered a one-point defeat to Arkansas and both the men and women lost to Alabama.

    The Wildcat women narrowly missed out on their second Southeastern Conference victory of the season in a 131.50-130.50 loss to the Razorbacks, who do not field a men’s team. The Crimson Tide downed the UK women, 152.00-110.00, and the UK men, 184.00-96.00.

    “The women’s side of the meet was pretty close, we picked up a lot of victories,” UK head coach Lars Jorgensen said. “Christina Bechtel did really well along with Abby Myers, leading the way for UK. It was a really nice win from freshman Kelly Berger, who is from the Tuscaloosa area, so it was a nice homecoming for her. I was proud of the way the girls fought. We were a little rusty in some areas, you could tell we haven’t competed in six weeks.

    “On the men’s side, we were a little shorthanded, but the guys were a little rusty as well. With six weeks off, it’s hard to get back into it again.”

    Against the two Southeastern Conference foes, the Wildcats registered eight wins and 10 second place finishes. Bechtel and Myers, both juniors, along with Berger, a freshman, each recorded a win and runner-up finishes. Bechtel also helped a relay team to a second-place showing.

    The Wildcats travel to in-state rival Louisville on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET. The meet comes a week before UK’s final home contest of the season, Feb. 1 against Cincinnati at the Lancaster Aquatics Center.

    UK’s first win of the day came courtesy of freshman Kendal Casey in the women’s 1650 yard freestyle. Casey notched a 16:51.73 to finish 0.45 seconds ahead of Berger.

    Abby Myers tallied her first win of the season, with a 2:00.74 in the women’s 200 yard butterfly. She used a strong second half of the race to edge out teammate and fellow junior Christina Bechtel, who finished just 0.21 seconds later, in 2:00.95.

    In the women’s 1-meter springboard, junior Christa Cabot posted a 311.50 to win the event by over five points.

    The Wildcats added a win in the men’s 1-meter event, courtesy of Greg Ferrucci. The senior won the event by nearly 20 points, with a 353.33.

    Berger came away with the win in the women’s 500 yard freestyle for UK’s fifth of the afternoon. The Northport, Ala., native finished in 4:54.37 and won by over a second, just miles from her hometown.

    In the closest race of the day, Bechtel won the women’s 100 yard butterfly by 0.01 seconds. Bechtel, who owns the school record in the event, finished in 54.72.

    Lucas Gerotto registered the UK men’s first swimming victory of the day in the men’s 100 yard butterfly. The senior touched the wall in 49.42 and won by 1.08 seconds.

    UK’s final win of the day came courtesy of Blake Freeman with a 3:44.22 in the men’s 400 yard individual medley. The senior’s victory came by over 15 seconds.

    Freshman Christopher Grimmett-Norris and senior Chris Lott each placed second in two events and third in another, while sophomore Scott Crosthwaite place second twice and third twice. Freshman Danielle Galyer notched two runner-up finishes.