ATHENS, Ga. --- In Georgia’s final dual meet of the season, the swimming and diving teams swept Alabama and honored the 11 seniors on Saturday.
The No. 12 Bulldogs defeated the Crimson Tide 164.5-116.5 and now boast a 9-2 record (5-1 SEC), while the Alabama men fall to 3-3 and 1-2. The No. 2 Lady Bulldogs topped the No. 23 Alabama women 181-102 and improved to 10-0-1 on the season (5-0-1 SEC). The Alabama women fall to 5-2, with a 2-2 mark in SEC competition.
With this win, the Lady Bulldogs accomplished their third 10-win season in the last four years. They also extended their Georgia all-sports home win streak to 89 consecutive dual meet victories in Gabrielsen Natatorium. The record dates back to 1996.
“It’s great to end our dual meet season with a win at home for the seniors,” Senior Associate Head Coach Harvey Humphries said. “Anytime you line up and beat an SEC school, it’s something not to be taken likely. I’m really proud of our seniors. They’ve done a great job leading all season. And they did a great job leading today.”
Seniors Ann-Perry Blank, Jessica Graber, Ansley Long, Melanie Margalis, Laura Ryan, Shannon Vreeland, Will Freeman, Andrew Gemmell, Jameson Hill, Doug Reynolds and Christian Riess were recognized at the start of the meet for their accomplishments in and out of the pool.
Chase Kalisz was a double winner for the Bulldogs. He won the 200 butterfly and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:46.00 and 1:57.23, respectively.
The Bulldogs claimed the winning points in the first six events of the day. Taylor Dale, Nicolas Fink, Pace Clark and Michael Trice took the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.21. In the longest event of the meet, Gemmell finished at 9:09.30 in the 1,000 freestyle. Conor Sweeney clocked in at 1:38.70 in the 200 freestyle. Dale claimed the 100 backstroke with his time of 47.68. Fink finished first with a 55.88 in the 100 breaststroke. Kalisz’s victory in the 200 butterfly was the final piece in the Bulldogs’ opening run.
Other winners for the Bulldogs were Jared Markham, Matias Koski, Yousef Alaskari and Ty Stewart. Markham took first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.65. Koski swam to a winning time of 4:26.02 in the 500 freestyle. Alaskari’s 48.45 was enough to claim first in the 100 butterfly, and Stewart posted a first-place time of 1:46.86 in the 200 individual medley. The team of Koski, Alec Cohen, Fink and Trice closed the meet for Georgia, stopping the clock at 2:58.42 in the 400 freestyle relay.
For the Lady Bulldogs, Ann-Perry Blank broke the women’s 1-meter diving Georgia dual-meet and Gabrielsen Natatorium records with a score of 327.98.
Margalis was the only double winner for the Lady Bulldogs. She swam in the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:00.76 and 2:13.99, respectively.
A host of different swimmers placed first for the Lady Bulldogs. Brittany MacLean won the 1,000 freestyle in 9:53.81. Amber McDermott took the 200 freestyle with her time of 1:49.93. In the 100 backstroke, Kimberlee John-Williams touched the wall first at 55.14. Nicole Vernon swam to a winning time of 1:59.97 in the 200 butterfly. Lauren Harrington won the 50 freestyle at 23.29. Vreeland took the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.07. Anna Neumeister touched the wall first at 1:59.16 in the 200 backstroke. Hali Flickenger had a first-place time of 4:52.51. In the 200 yard individual medley, Emily Cameron stopped the clock first at 2:00.19. Laura Ryan won the 3-meter diving with a score of 360.30.
In the 200 medley relay, the team of Olivia Smoliga, Margalis, Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem touched in first at 1:40.71. The Lady Bulldogs also finished the meet with a winning time of 3:23.84 in the 400 freestyle relay by the team of Vreeland, Van Landeghem, Margalis and Smoliga.
The Bulldogs will return to action in the 2014 SEC Championships on Feb. 18-22. Georgia will host the event in Gabrielsen Natatorium. Tickets are required for admission to the meet. Visit georgiadogs.com for ticket information.
Florida Men End Dual Meet Season Perfect
Knoxville, Tenn. — The second ranked Florida men (8-0, 5-0 SEC) completed a perfect dual meet season for the third consecutive season with a 179-121 win over No. 18 Tennessee (5-4, 3-2 SEC) on Senior Day for the Volunteers. The eighth ranked Florida women (5-3, 3-2 SEC) dropped a nail biter to No. 12 Tennessee (8-1, 4-1 SEC).
Florida men dominated the meet with wins in 10 of the 16 events. The Gators were led by senior and the only UF men’s two individual event winner Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.). deBorde swept the sprint events and led off the first place 400 freestyle relay.
The Gator women only tallied five event wins, but showed enough depth to take a five-point lead into the final event. The Volunteers captured the 400 free relay and also took third in the event to win the meet by a mere four points, the second smallest margin of victory possible in the dual format.
Florida’s distance group was one of the highlights of the meet for both UF teams. The women swept the 1000 free with a 1-2-3 finish behind senior Alicia Mathieu’s (Marlborough, Conn.) 9:51.75 and freshmen Autumn Finke (Clearwater, Fla.) and Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.). The men matched the women with a 1-2-3 finish. Finke’s swim of 9:52.27 was a career low. Sophomore Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) won the race in 9:06.52 and was followed to the wall by junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) and redshirt sophomore Austin Manganiello (Miami, Fla.).
The Gators were unable to get into Knoxville until later Friday night after travel difficulties. After an unplanned 10-hour bus ride, Florida shook off rust to battle the Volunteers for all 32 events.
What’s Next: Florida will have 17 days off before the start of the Southeastern Conference Championships in Athens, Georgia.
• Sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) showed that he is back to where he was at the midseason meet, notching a 200 free win in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:36.61. Main went 1:45.42 in the 200 backstroke for second.
• Redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) cruised to a win in the 200 butterfly with an NCAA ‘B’ cut mark of 1:46.90.
• deBorde won the 50 free in 19.96 and the 100 free in 44.47. The senior is poised for a big postseason in the sprint events, breaking the 20-second barrier in the 50 free four times already in the spring.
• Junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) led a 1-2 finish in the 200 breaststroke, winning in 2:00.42.
• Freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) guided the Gators to a 1-2 finish in the 500 free. D’Arrigo touched in 4:24.05 for the victory.
• Senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) led a 1-2 Gator finish in the 100 fly. Cieslak stopped the clock in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 47.72.
• Junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) notched a victory in the 200 individual medley with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:47.45.
• Florida men capped off the meet with a win in the 400 free relay. deBorde chipped in for his third overall win of the meet, making him the highest Gator scorer of the day, with a 44.26 leadoff split. Cieslak, Main and Rousseau finished the race and out touched Tennessee 2:55.32-2:55.99.
• Sophomore Sierra Kuhn (Verona, Wisc.) delivered her first win of the season, touching first in the 200 fly in a career best and NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:58.91.
• Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) earned her only victory of the day with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:55.77 in the 200 backstroke.
• Sophomore Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.) kept the Gators in the meet down 131-114 with three events to go by winning the one-meter with a career best score of 293.18.
• With two events to go and the Gators facing a deficit, sophomore Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) led a 1-2-3-4 finish for Florida in the 200 individual medley, giving Florida the five point lead heading into the final relay. McKnight posted a season low and NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 2:00.47.
• Beisel touched in a season low in the 200 freestyle, placing second behind last year’s SEC Champion with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:46.88.
• Cieslak cranked out his season low in the 100 backstroke, finishing in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 48.62.
• Redshirt sophomore Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.) placed second on three-meter with a score of 322.20. Sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) took second on the women’s three-meter.
• With their backs against the wall, the Gators gutted out a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 IM. After McKnight won the event, senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland), junior Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) and sophomore Ashlee Linn (Sarasota, Fla.) beat the rest of the field. Luthersdottir’s time of 2:02.22 was an NCAA ‘B’ cut.
• In the 400 free relay, the Gators ‘A’ relay of sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia), Beisel and Kuhn finished in a time of 3:21.27.
Series History: The Gator men now lead the series 21-20. The Gators women lead the all-time series 26-2.
Men’s Dual Streak: The Gator men have gone 23 straight dual meets without dropping a dual, a record that dates back to Jan. 21, 2011.
We’re On TV: Sun Sports will air a 60-minute show of last weekend’s UF-Auburn senior day meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The meet will air again the same day 9:30 p.m. and the following Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9:30 a.m.
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LSU Women Wrap Up Houston Quad Meet with Win
HOUSTON, Texas—The LSU women’s swimming team took to the pool for the final day of competition Saturday morning at the CRWC Natatorium. The Lady Tigers defeated Rice 223-124, Tulane 287-65 and Houston 278-75.
“Saturday started off a little sluggish for us,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “Danielle Stirrat had a terrific meet. She posted the fastest time in the 200 freestyle on Friday and followed that up with a great 200 backstroke today.”
Stacey Stanfield led the Lady Tigers off with the first individual win of the day in the 500 freestyle (4:54.95).
Taryn Mackenzie finished third in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:03.85.
Danielle Stirrat took first in the 200 backstroke with a mark of 1:56.96. Makenna Wilson followed in second place with a time of 2:01.64.
Megan Cox and Emily Weaner posted another 1-2 finish, this time in the 200 butterfly. Cox finished in first place with a time of 2:03.27 and Weaner touched the wall second with a mark of 2:03.55.
Stirrat tied her season high in the 100 freestyle with a mark of 51.24 for a second place finish.
Kara Kopcso earned her third win of the weekend with a first place finish in the 400 IM (4:23.51). Sophie Weber touched the wall second with a mark of 4:27.07.
LSU’s relay teams came up second in the 200 freestyle relay and 400-medley relay. The team of Caley Oquist, Torrey Bussey, Amber Carter and Leah Troskot in the 400 and the team of Carter, Rainey White, Troskot in the 200 relay.
The LSU Swimming and Diving team continues training before competing in the SEC Championships in Athens, Ga. Feb. 18-22.
“Kara had another solid meet and it's fun to watch,” Geyer said. “The whole women's team brings their own significance to this team and it’s special to be a part of. They all understand their roles and are willing to make contributions to the team.”
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Razorbacks Sweep on Senior Day
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The No. 22 University of Arkansas swimming and diving team (9-1, 3-1) swept Kansas and Vanderbilt at the Arkansas Natatorium during Saturday’s meet, which also served as Senior Day. Arkansas defeated Kansas 207-91 and Arkansas defeated Vanderbilt 203-83, with Razorbacks winning 14 of 16 events.
“We just tried to stay focused on what we were doing and really prepare for championships,” head coach Sean Schimmel said. “I’m certainly really proud of the team as a whole and the dual meet season as a whole in terms of how they stepped up each and every time and had some great performances all the way through the fall.”
Sophomore Hannah Bortnick (Mission Hill, Kan.) led the Razorback divers on a sweep of the three-meter springboards with an NCAA zone-qualifying score of 280.65. Senior Kesha Naylor (Saskatchewan, Canada) came in second with a score of 279.60, followed by sophomore Shelby Bartlett (Noblesville, Ind.) in third and junior Meghan Clark (Frisco, Texas) with the fourth-highest score.
Naylor won the one-meter diving event with an NCAA zone-qualifying score of 275.48 to round out diving for the Razorbacks.
The Arkansas ‘A’ team of sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas), junior Nikki Daniels (Wichita, Kan.), junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.) and sophomore Nina Drolc (Velenje, Solvenia) won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:42.20 to open the swimming portion of the meet.
Arkansas’ distance swimmers had a successful meet, beginning with Lauren Jordan’s win in the 1,000 freestyle. The junior from Carmel, Ind. finished with a time of 10:08.12, followed by sophomore Rachel Stoehr (Lake Forest, Ill.) in second in 10:24.46.
The Razorbacks swept the 500 freestyle, led by Mayfield in 4:52.86. Senior Nicole Menzel (Hilton Head, S.C.) touched the wall second with a time of 4:57.05, followed by Stoehr in third with a finish of 5:03.27.
Mayfield picked up her second individual event win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.12. Menzel also won two individual events in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.21 and in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.74.
White contributed two event wins to the Razorbacks with a time of 23.06 in the 50 freestyle and an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 2:01.28 in the 200 individual medley.
The remaining individual event wins came from Daniels in the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA ‘B’ time cut of 1:01.96, from Drolc in the 100 freestyle in 51.15 and from junior Julia Banach (Eilat, Isreal) in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:20.47.
Arkansas ended the meet with a win in the 200 freestyle relay. The Arkansas ‘A’ team of Drolc, sophomore Maddie Monroe (Godfrey, Ill.), senior Shelby Cox (Little Rock, Ark.) and White finished the race in 1:34.50.
On Feb. 8-9, select Razorback swimmers will represent Arkansas at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.
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UK Freshmen Shine on Senior Day in Win Over Cincinnati
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky swimming and diving teams closed out the 2014 home slate of meets with a bang on Saturday afternoon, winning 26 of the 32 events held, as the Wildcats overall defeated the University of Cincinnati Bearcats 400-186.
The UK men defeated the Bearcats 213-80, with the Wildcats also coming out on the winning side for the women, collecting a 186-106 win.
Saturday also marked Senior Day for the Wildcats, as pre-meet festivities took place at the Lancaster Aquatics Center honoring the 16 seniors who swam their final meet in Lexington on Saturday afternoon.
“We’re kind of like a new program,” UK head swimming coach Lars Jorgensen said. “The seniors have worked extremely hard, they have been very supportive of the program. I hope that in three or four years from now when the program is a lot better, because some of the stuff that they did this year.”
In the pool, Kentucky dominated from start to finish, winning 26 of the 32 events contested, including each of the first 16.
Freshman Kelly Berger had a fantastic meet for Kentucky, taking in the title for the women’s 1000-yard freestyle in 10:01.56. Also in the 1000-free, Kendal Casey collected a podium finish for the Wildcats, coming in third by swimming a 10:12.93.
Another freshman, Danielle Galyer, had an impressive meet, collecting a race win in the 200-yard backstroke, as well as a runner-up finish in the 200-yard free. Galyer won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:02.29, while tapping in at 1:52.48 in the 200-freestyle to collect second place. In the 200 free, Kentucky went 1-2-3 on the podium, with senior Kristen Wilson collecting the winning time with 1:51.24, and junior Blaire Kuethe finishing in third with a time of 1:52.61. Galyer also was part of the 400-medley relay winning team for the Wildcats, starting off with a 56.99 leg to open the race for the Wildcats.
Junior Tina Bechtel collected two race wins on Saturday afternoon, taking the crown in both the 100-butterfly and the 50-freestyle. Bechtel tapped in No. 1 in the50-freestyle in just less than 24 seconds, at 23.93, while recording a 55.37 in the 100-fly to take the top spot on the podium.
“Today was fun,” Jorgensen said. “We have swam a really difficult schedule so we haven’t had the chance to win very much. To get a today was good. Cincinnati has got a lot of really good athletes, so for us it was a good competition, and that last home meet of the season. It was nice to get some momentum headinginto the SEC Championships.
Kentucky fared just as well on the other side of the facility, winning both diving events held, both on the men’s and women’s side.
Senior Greg Frerrucci shined on both the 1-meter and 3-meter winning both competitions. The North Carolina native scored a 398.25 on the 1-meter, while also scoring high on the 3-meter, tallying a mark of 374.33 to collect gold in both events.
Junior Christa Cabot also won both the 1-meter and the 3-meter for Kentucky, as she finished atop the podium in both events held on Saturday. Cabot scored a 335.70 on the 3-meter, while collecting a 330.83 to win on the lower board.
Zach Peterson, a senior for the Wildcats, scored a 332.55 to finish in third place on the 3-meter, while freshman Noah Richter scored a 308.78, and finished fourth as an exhibition score. John Fox, a senior, was second in the 1-meter, just 31 points behind Ferrucci, scoring a 367.43 to take silver in the event. In third place on the 1-meter was Peterson, who tallied a 333.08. Richter was fourth, with a 325.95.
On the 3-meter for the women, junior Lindsay Keahey wound up second, scoring a329.55 to finish in second place, while Keahey also finished second to Cabot on the 1-meter, with a 278.38.
Saturday marked Kentucky’s final meet before heading to Athens, Ga., for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. The University of Georgia will host the event, with the championships scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 18 running through Feb. 22.
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Auburn sweeps South Carolina on Senior Day
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn swimming and diving team cruised to a sweep of the South Carolina Gamecocks on Senior Day at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on Saturday. Auburn's men downed the Gamecocks 170-124, while the women posted a 177-118 victory over South Carolina.
Auburn's senior class added wins throughout the day as Zane Grothe took the men's 500 freestyle, while Emily Bos swam the 200 back for the first time since 2010 and picked up the victory. James Disney-May collected a first-place finish in the men's 50 free at 19.87.
The Auburn men (3-3, 2-1 SEC) and women (4-2, 2-1 SEC) both won 12 of the 16 events on Saturday. Joe Patching was double winner for the Auburn men. The freshman took the 100 back and 200 IM with times of 48.35 and 1:49.94. Auburn's freshman combined to earn seven individual wins on the day in eight events, respectively.
On the women's side, freshman Allyx Purcell returned to her winning ways by sweeping the women's 50 and 100 free with times of 22.61 and 49.85, respectively.
The Tigers swept the men's and women's relay events. Auburn's women went three-up in the 200 medley relay, while Auburn's men claimed the top two spots for the Tigers. With the meet in hands, the Tigers capped off the day by sweeping the 400 free relay.
In diving, Auburn's Fraser McKean took the top spot on the 1-meter board with a score of 346.28, ahead of John Santeiu IV's 341.78. Santeiu took second for the men on the 3-meter with a 381.75, just .45 points behind South Carolina's Cole Miller. Cinzia Calabretta took the win for Auburn in the women's 3-meter, with a six-dive score of 313.65.
Aggies Wrap Up AFA Invitationa
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Texas A&M men’s and women’s diving teams finished the final day of the Air Force Academy Invitational Saturday at the Cadet Natatorium. The Aggies finish the weekend with three top score victories and eight other top ten finishes.
Building on his success from day one, junior Ford McLiney grabbed the runner-up spot in the platform and 1-meter springboard competitions. Off the platform McLiney scored a final of 340.05 through six dives. Finishing 13th in the platform finals was freshman Zach Stockton with a score of 229.80. From the springboard McLiney scored 364.60. Senior Adam Ruiz came in 5th in the 1-meter with 319.95 while freshman Colton Haffey finished 10th with 308.20.
Following her victory in the 1-meter Friday, freshman Madison Hudkins finished the 3-meter event in 4th place with a 296.40-point final score. Fellow freshman Zoe Alaniz had a final score of 267.20 to finish 12th.
The divers will rejoin the swimmers to compete next at the Southeastern Conference Championships from February 18-22 in Athens, Georgia.