Congratulations to the Georgia Bulldogs, repeat NCAA women’s champions!

The Georgia Bulldogs have repeated as women’s Division I NCAA Champions, overcoming Stanford and Cal to win with 528 points. The repeat feat was made more impressive by the graduations Georgia weathered after last season, most notably freestylers Megan Romano and Allison Schmitt.

But Georgia reloaded in a big way, winning the title with outstanding depth and getting 5 individual NCAA titles. Two apiece came from freestyle sensation Brittany MacLean and diving stud Laura Ryan. MacLean, a sophomore, won an insane battle with Cal’s Missy Franklin in the 500 and also took the 1650, while Ryan, a native Minnesotan, won both 1-meter and 3-meter diving in front of her home-state crowd to close out her senior season. Freshman Olivia Smoliga added a 50 free national title for the Bulldogs.

Every championship is a team effort – even the swimmers who weren’t on the SEC or NCAA team had a hand in this title, and the entire squad will be getting their well-deserved championship rings for the 2014 season. Here is the full Bulldog roster as it appears on the Georgia athletic site:

Class
Ann-Perry Blank SR
Olivia Boggs JR
Emily Cameron FR
Hali Flickinger SO
Haley Goodman SO
Jessica Graber SR
Lauren Harrington JR
Kimberlee John-Williams FR
Elizabeth Ann Kirkland FR
Anna Kolanowski FR
Maddie Locus JR
Ansley Long SR
Brittany MacLean SO
Melanie Margalis SR
Jordan Mattern JR
Amber McDermott JR
Anna Neumeister JR
Darcie O’Brien JR
Shannon O’Malley JR
Courtney Peters JR
Laura Ryan SR
Olivia Smoliga FR
Kelly Thatcher SO
Chantal Van Landeghem SO
Nicole Vernon JR
Shannon Vreeland SR
Annie Zhu SO
Rachel Zilinskas FR

 

SwimSwam would also like to congratulate the Georgia coaching staff: head coach Jack Bauerle, acting coach Harvey Humphries, diving coach Dan Laak, Associate head coach Jerry Champer and Brian Smith and assistant coach Stefanie Williams.

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Swinfandoc
6 years ago

Congratulations Georgia Bulldogs! Back to back NCAA Champs! What a great group of women and coaches! Well deserved! And with a great group of recruits coming in next year, they’ll be loaded again!

tomr
6 years ago

Three peat. Three peat. Go dawgs! sic’em woof woof

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Congrats to Georgia.
I’m still a rookie about college swimming so tell me if I’m wrong or not but is it most of the time the team with the biggest freestyle depth which wins at the end?
It looks so important with 5 freestyle races in individual and 3 freestyle relays.

aswimfan
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

It doesn’t necessarily have to be the most depth in freestyle, but it has to be the most depth in most events. Don’t forget that Georgia also placed swimmers in the finals in most events, not just free.

Also, having one or two divers who can score helps.

What hurt CAL:
1. Not having one single diver who can final
2. not having a breastroker who can score, not even in B final. Not having a single good breastroker also hurt CAL badly in two medley relays which give big score.
3. the failure of its top swimmers to perform, with the exception of Missy.

There you have it.

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