Georgia Claims Win Over Texas A&M In SEC Clash


  • January 11, 2019
  • Athens, Georgia
  • SCY
  • Results


  • Georgia (W) 169, Texas A&M (W) 131
  • Georgia (M) 157, Texas A&M (M) 143


The Georgia women held strong against the visiting Aggies, getting a triple-win performance from Courtney Harnish and impressive meets from sprinter Veronica Burchill and breaststroker/IMer Danielle Dellatorre.

Harnish tackled a tough triple, first going 9:59.12 in the 1000 free before hopping up after the men’s 1000 to take on the 200 free. There, she put together a 1:47.49 for the win. Later on, in the 500 free, she was 4:49.62 to dominate the 500 free. In the sprints, Burchill posted a 23.08 to take the 50 and then a 49.11 to crush the field in the 100.

Dellatorre led an exciting battle in the 100 breast. Clocking a 1:00.31, less than a second off of her best of 59.28, Dellatorre touched out teammate Zoie Hartman (1:00.83) and A&M’s Anna Belousova (1:00.95). That was the second-best performance of Dellatorre’s life behind her 59.28 best from November’s UT Invite, quicker than she went at the 2019 SEC and NCAA Champs. In the 200 breast, she’d get touched out by Belousova, 2:12.05 to 2:12.21, while she’d get back on top in the 200 IM (2:00.08).

Another impact player for Georgia was Dakota Luther, clocking a 54.23 in the 100 fly and a 1:57.50 in the 200 fly. A&M’s Emma Carlton was right behind in the 100 (54.26) and Aggies Taylor Pike (1:57.80) and Jing Quah (1:57.90) were just back in the 200.

The Aggie women won the opening 200 medley relay (1:40.08), then got a 1-2 finish in the 100 back thanks to Carlton (54.53) and Sara Metzsch (55.68). In the 400 free relay, tight through the first three legs, Georgia’s Burchill unloaded a 48.80 anchor as they clocked a 3:21.22 to close this one out.


The men’s meet was very close throughout, with a few lead changes happening. Ultimately, Georgia defended their home pool, keying on their strong distance group and a butterfly sweep courtesy of Camden Murphy.

Murphy split a field-best 20.95 fly leg on Georgia’s A 200 medley relay, though the Aggies dominated that one with a 1:26.89 win as UGA touched in 1:28.39. Murphy would go on to lead a Georgia 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 fly with a 1:45.54 alongside freshman Harry Homans (1:46.06) and Clayton Forde (1:47.89). In the 100 fly, he was 47.27 to deny Shaine Casas (47.73).

Meanwhile, the distance group put together big swims for the Bulldogs. Greg Reed (9:05.11) led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1000, while Walker Higgins won the 500 (4:25.16) in a Georgia 1-2-3-4. Higgins was also 1:36.54 in the 200 free as he and Grant Norgan (1:37.98) went 1-2 there.

A&M’s Casas took control of the backstrokes, going 47.21 in the 100 and 1:43.86, though the Aggies didn’t have the depth to put up any 1-2 or 1-2-3 sweeps there. They did have a nice showing in the breaststrokes, going 1-2 in both with Benjamin Walker (54.08/1:57.26) and freshman Andres Puente (54.71/1:58.00).

The Aggies also picked up wins in the sprint free races, with Mike Thibert in the 50 free (20.34) and Adam Koster in the 100 free (43.58).

After the 200 breast, with only a few events left, the Aggies were up. Casas couldn’t out-last Murphy in the 100 fly, though, which sunk the Aggies going into diving. Walker’s win in the 200 IM was followed by four Bulldogs, making it a smaller victory, and then the Bulldogs wound up winning the 400 free relay.

Georgia went 2:58.56 to A&M’s 2:58.67, not an electrifying time, but the first sub-3:00 performance from the Bulldogs in any dual meet this year. And, they beat A&M, who by mid-season had six men in the top 20 in the SEC this year in the 100 free, including conference leader Koster. Georgia had a swimmer a couple of tenths quicker than one of their A legs on their B, and A&M would’ve won handily with Thiberton the A (he was 44.9 leading off the B while Alberto Gomez was 46.1 on the A with a flying start), but Georgia sealed the win and took the meet ultimately.

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A&M’s bottom half really needs to get their act together


Agree, that was my thought after seeing results! They can’t win SECs with just a few studs. Probably a better NcAA team cause their relays are so good!

Nate H

Their top half really needs to get it together. Mizzou boys are going to spank Casas if he swims like that


You are comparing a team in speedo briefs with a te that wears jammers for every dual meet. I will take Casas at end of season

Nate H

Yeah I am comparing the two! Mizzou boys will be ready trust me! Their new commit Nathaniel (Nate) Higs is going to be a beast. Mark my word

Texas A&M Swim Fan

Looking on Mizzou’s current roster & can’t find Higs. Guess he won’t be a factor this season!!

Texas A&M Swim Fan

Hopefully, you aren’t thinking that was Shaine or the A&M team’s best performance out there today. Hope Georgia & Mizzou along with everybody else does though. As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise”!!!


It’s a duel meet man don’t take life too serious. They’ll come around when it matters.

Ol' Longhorn

“What about their middle half?” —- Ray Looze

Texas A&M Swim Fan

Gotta give Georgia credit because they swam well. They didn’t get our best today though. Much closer or probably a different result if they did get our best. It’s all about SEC Championship Meet coming up. Though I’m prejudiced of course, I’ll take us over them in that big meet coming up👍.


with the depth they showed in the duel meet today I’m a little concerned. At this point the SEC title will be a toss up between 5 teams. Ten, UGA, Florida, Mizz, and TA&M.


I say UF until someone beats them.


UF smoked Georgia in the fall so there is an argument to be made that they don’t have to worry about Georgia or A&M at SECs

New Longhorn

Taper works magic for programs that actually lift

Texas A&M Swim Fan

Hope others think the same as you on this👍


Ten and UGA are not in the picture at all


Mizz has no chance on the women’s side

Go dawgs

The dawgs killed the aggies they are a top 2 team in the country behind Tennessee. Casas looked extremely below average in the 500. They need dean Farris to bail them out

Texas A&M Swim Fan

What have you been or are currently “drinkin” or “smokin”???

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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