Georgia Defeats In-State Rival Georgia Tech in Atlanta

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After big home wins against Florida on Friday, the Georgia Bulldogs returned to action this afternoon against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, Georgia. Tech opened the meet with a bang, winning both the men’s and women’s 200 medley relay, but UGA’s depth ultimately proved too much to overcome. The UGA women swam their last event of the meet, the 400 free relay, as exhibition. The UGA women won 189 to 109, and the men won 187.5 to 110.5.

UGA posted the video below to its Twitter account after the meet:

 

Women

The Georgia women swept the 500 free, 1000 free, 200 fly, 200 back, and 1-meter diving.

Individually, Megan Kingsley continued her winning ways. She took her signature 200 butterfly (1:56.57), and also added the 200 backstroke (1:59.44) against Tech. Canadian freshman Meryn McCann has proven to be an extremely valuable recruit for the Lady Bulldogs, as she picked up two more individual wins in today’s meet in the 500 (4:50.41) and 1000 free (10:04.61).

Three other new additions to the UGA team also took home individual victories: transfer Chelsea Britt won the 100 fly (54.72), freshman Katherine Parker won the 100 back (55.98) and freshman Veronica Burchill won the 200 IM (2:04.29).

Madison Duvall (three-meter) and McKensi Austin (one-meter) won both diving disciplines for the Lady Bulldogs.

The Georgia Tech women had their best meet of the season. They touched both second and third in the 100 breast, 200 breast, 50 free, 100 free, 100 back and 200 IM.

Individually, Iris Wang won the 200 free in 1:48.88, less than two seconds off her school record.

Men

The UGA men faced a taller order in taking down the Georgia Tech men’s team, which is currently ranked 19th by the NCAA.

UGA’s Gunnar Bentz led his team with three individual wins in the 100 butterfly (48.11), 200 butterfly (1:45.93) and 200 IM (1:48.39). Olympic silver medalist Chase Kalisz continues to fill Georgia‘s breaststroke void, winning the 100 (53.85) and 200 breast (1:55.69). Another Canadian freshman, Javier Acevedo, also picked up two individual wins for the men’s team. Acevedo won the 50 free (20.69) and 200 back (1:47.36).

Like on the women’s side, UGA relied on two different male divers, Ian Forlini (three-meter) and Charlie Clifton (one-meter), to capture both diving titles.

The Georgia Tech men were paced by Rodrigo Quadros Correia, who won the 100 (44.14) and 200 free (1:37.42). Moises Loschi also had another strong meet, losing only to United States Olympians (Jay Litherland and Kalisz). He took second in the 1000 free (9:15.69), 100 breast (54.48) and 200 breast (1:58.93).

UGA has another quick turnaround, hosting Wisconsin this Friday and Saturday, November 4th and 5th, in a two-day dual meet. Tech has some time off before hosting the Georgia Tech Invitational on November 17th-19th.

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Courtesy of Georgia Athletics:

ATLANTA, Ga. — Georgia’s swimming and diving teams defeated in-state rival Georgia Tech on Wednesday at the McAuley Aquatic Center.

The No. 1 Bulldogs outscored the Yellow Jackets 187.5-110.5, while the No. 1 Lady Bulldogs won by a score of 189-109. Both Georgia teams are 3-0 this season.

The teams face a quick mid-season turnaround, as they will face the Wisconsin Badgers in Athens on Friday and Saturday of this week.

“We had a really great meet today,” head coach Jack Bauerle said. “Georgia Tech had some really good swims and I am very proud of the team. We were a little sluggish at the start, but middle of the week meets are very different for us. We got better as we realized that we were there and it’s always nice to win against Tech in Atlanta.”

Gunnar Bentz led the Bulldogs with three individual wins, touching first in the 200 individual medley (1:48.39), the 100 butterfly (48.11) and the 200 butterfly (1:45.93).

Javier Acevedo won the 50 freestyle in 20.69, while also taking the top spot in the 200 backstroke (1:47.36). Chase Kalisz was also a double winner as he won the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 53.85 and 1:55.69, respectively.

SEC Male Swimmer of the Week Pace Clark stepped outside of his usual butterfly events and won the 500 freestyle in 4:31.28. Jay Litherland placed first in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:12.69 and Taylor Dale finished first in the 100 backstroke, clocking in at 47.74.

Ian Forlini claimed the top spot on the 3-meter springboard, posting a score of 367.88, while Charlie Clifton won the 1-meter with a score of 339.53.

Clark, Acevedo, Litherland and Dale clocked a 2:59.88 in the 400 freestyle relay to take first.

On the women’s side, Megan Kingsley won the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke in 1:56.57 and 1:59.44, respectively. Freshman Meryn McCann also posted two individual wins, as she won the 500- (4:50.41) and 1,000-yard freestyle (10:04.61).

SEC Female Swimmer of the Week Meaghan Raab continued her success by winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.72. Olivia Smoliga, who owns the pool record in the event, won the 50 freestyle in 23.09 and Chantal Van Landeghem was the first to reach the wall in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 49.67.

Emily Cameron finished first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.01, while Chelsea Britt took top honors in the 100 butterfly in 54.72. Freshman Katherine Parker took the top spot in the 100 backstroke (55.98), while fellow freshman Veronica Burchill won the 200 individual medley in 2:04.29.

Madison Duvall posted a 342.00 to win the 3-meter springboard and SEC Diver of the Week McKensi Austin took the top spot on the 1-meter with a score of 289.65.

Kylie Stewart, Shauna Lee, Cameron and McCann combined for the fastest time in the 400 freestyle relay, touching the wall in 3:24.52.

The Bulldogs have won 50 straight meets against Georgia Tech dating back to the 1961-62 season. The Lady Bulldogs boast 12 straight victories over the Jackets. Bauerle is 36-0 all-time against Georgia Tech (22-0 coaching the men, 11-0 coaching the women and 3-0 as a Georgia swimmer).

“We are looking forward to swimming against Wisconsin,” Bauerle said. “Coach [Whitney] Hite is one of my former assistants and has done a great job there. We will be hard-pressed to win the women’s meet, as they have quite a few talented swimmers. I think Wisconsin will be a heck of a challenge, especially coming off of today. They always come ready to compete.”

Georgia’s teams return home to Gabrielsen Natatorium this weekend to face Wisconsin. Friday’s competition begins at 4 p.m., while Saturday’s events will kick off at 10 a.m. The Lady Bulldogs will be looking to extend their home win streak to 102 consecutive dual or tri meet wins, dating back to the 1995 season. Admission is free.

Courtesy of Georgia Tech Athletics:

THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech swimming and diving teams recorded 18 career bests at McAuley Aquatic Center on Wednesday afternoon in their losses to Georgia. The men fell by a margin of 187.5-110.5 while the women were topped 189-109.

“I am so proud of our team,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “We raced incredibly hard from start to finish; it didn’t matter who we were racing against. We have to give credit to Georgia; they are a top ranked team and they competed well today. We are a better team than we were a year ago, we’re a better team than we were a couple weeks ago and we are going to get better every single meet. I am looking forward to the rest of the season and our next test at the GT Invitational.”

The Yellow Jackets kicked off the meet with back-to-back wins in lane five in the women’s and men’s 200 yard medley relay.

Rodrigo Quadros Correia led the Yellow Jackets on the day on the men’s side with wins in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. For the women, Iris Wang took home first and second-place finishes in the 200 free and 100 free events, respectively.

The Yellow Jackets will return to the pool Nov. 17-19 for the GT Invitational hosted at the McAuley Aquatic Center.

Women’s Highlights

Freshman Tamir Gonen Cohen placed fourth in the 1000 yard freestyle with a career-best time of 10:28.31, while Wang took first in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.88.

Sara Gilbert touched the wall in second with a time of 56.75 in the 100 yard backstroke, where she finished just .18 seconds ahead of teammate Maddie Paschal who finished third with a time of 56.93. Carrie Lee rounded out the top-five with a fifth-place finish and career best time of 57.99 in the 100 back.

Co-captain Chiara Ruiu led the Jackets in the 100 yard breaststroke with a second-place finish at 1:04.07, while Florina Ilie touched the wall at 1:04.09 in third place followed by Kristen Hepler in fifth with a time of 1:05. Ruiu took second for the Yellow Jackets in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:17.64 followed by Hepler in third who raced a career-best time of 2:19.63.

Laura Branton finished fifth in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.75, while in the 100 fly, Branton took third (55.93), touching just .02 seconds beforeKaitlin Kitchens in fourth (55.95).

In the 50 free, Kitchens placed second (23.53) followed by Megan Hansen in third (24.19) and Alex Rieger in fifth with a time of 24.25, while in the 100 free Wang touched the wall in second with a time of 49.95, one spot ahead of Kitchens who recorded a career-best time of 51.28 in her third place finish for the event.

In the 500 free, freshman Emily Ilgenfritz took fifth for the Yellow Jackets with a time of 5:03.11.

The trio of Jackets in Ruiu, Kira de Bruyn and Hepler took second, third and fourth respectively in the 200 yard IM.

Over at the dive pool, Carly Doi recorded a career best in her third-place finish in the 3-meter springboard with a score of 280.73. Doi placed fourth in the 1-meter with a score of 258.30.

Men’s Highlights

Correia took first in the 200 freestyle with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:37.42, three spots ahead of teammate Dan Cohen Solal who placed fifth with a time of 1:42.06. Moises Loschi took second in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:15.69 followed by Colt Williamson in fifth place at 9:33.03.

Loschi showed his versatility with another second place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 54.48 followed by Alex Kimpel in third (55.68) and Joseph Portillo in fourth (57.10). Loschi placed second in the 200 yard breaststroke at 1:58.93, finishing ahead of Kimpel (2:01.22) and Portillo (2:04.04) once again who finished third and fourth, respectively, in the event.

In the other pool, Matt Casillas was the top scorer for Tech in the 3-meter springboard with a score of 357.00, while Nolan Mallet placed fourth with a score of 324.60. Casillas also placed second in the 1-meter with a career-best score of 326.70. Mallet scored 285.68 to finish in fourth.

Ben Southern took second in the 200 fly with a time of 1:46.73, finished just ahead of Tim Slanschek who touched the wall in a career-best time of 1:49.80 for a third-place finish. Brad Oberg took fifth in the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.05.

In the 50 free, freshman Oskar Zimowski finished second with a career-best time of 20.88, while fellow first-year Jacket Aidan Pastel finished in fourth with a time of 21.10.

Correia took his second win of the meet in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 44.14, while Alex Goerzen took third in the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:50.05. Correia also notched a second-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.00 followed by Kimpel in third at 1:51.86.

Williamson tied for third in the 100 freestyle (4:35.50) where he was followed by Brennan Day in fifth (4:40.90).

Southern finished in third in the 100 fly at 48.48, one place ahead of Oberg who took fourth at 49.60.

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