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The Georgia Bulldogs had great showings at their fall invitational, while several Georgia-based pros stood out in the ISL taking place in Hungary.
Coach Jack Bauerle has spent years cobbling together sprint free relays out of converted IMers, breaststrokers, distance swimmers, divers… well, maybe not the last one. But Bauerle took a big step in addressing UGA’s sprint deficiencies in the last few rounds of recruiting, and it paid off with three school records on relays.
Here are the three school record relays:
200 free relay:
400 free relay:
200 medley relay:
Dillon Downing looks like a true sprinter to build around in his sophomore season. Camden Murphy has been a standout flyer, and broke the school record with a 44.89 in the 100 fly. That was Murphy’s first swim under 45 seconds, and moves him to #21 all-time in the event. Meanwhile the freshman Luca Urlando has been a standout in his NCAA debut.
Some other key swims for the Georgia Bulldogs:
- Courtney Harnish‘s 4:36.86 win in the 500 free was just 1.3 seconds off her best time.
- Freshman Jake Magahey hit personal bests in the 500 free (4:10.48) and 1650 free (14:33.78).
- Sophomore Zoie Hartman was just a tenth off her personal bests in both the 100 breast (58.34) and 200 breast (2:06.34).
And while they haven’t been training with Bauerle for the past month, several of his Georgia-based professionals helped the Cali Condors win the ISL’s 2020 season title: Olivia Smoliga, Natalie Hinds, Veronica Burchill, Nic Fink, Gunnar Bentz and Kevin Cordes.
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