The Georgia Bulldogs came out on top after a two day dual against the Wisconsin Badgers. The men outscored Wisconsin 179-139, while the women finished with a final score of 182-136.
According to Georgiadogs.com, the Lady Bulldogs extended to 84 their consecutive wins at home, a streak that dates back to 1995.
On day 1, Chase Kalisz won the the 200 IM with an NCAA B-cut, touching the wall at 1:47.65. Kalisz was also 1:48.42 in the 200 butterfly and 2:00.64 in the 200 breaststroke: all wins to start his sophomore campaign, where he’ll be trying to add on to his single NCAA title in the 400 IM from last year.
His fellow sophomore Ty Stewart won that 200 backstroke with a B-Cut time of his own in 1:45.96, out touching Wisconsin’s NCAA’s defending backstroke champion, Drew teDuits. In the 500 freestyle, Georgia’s Matias Koski won with a 4:27.25. The Bulldogs won all three relays on the men’s side.
Wisconsin’s Brett Pinfold won the 50 freestyle in a 20.76. He then won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:38.68.
Matias Koski won a great battle with Wisconsin’s Nicholas Caldwell. Koski, last year, was 4th at NCAA’s in this event, which made him the only freshman in the A-Final. Caldwell, after taking most of last year off and transferring from Florida to Wisconsin, looked refreshed over the summer and that continued here. That time is about how fast he was to begin his freshman year at Florida, though his ill-fated second year (the 2012-2013 season) didn’t start nearly as well.
On the women’s side, Melanie Margalis and Hali Flickinger were double winners for Georgia. Both posted B-cut times, Margalis with a 4:46.47 in the 500 free and 2:13.70 in the 200 breast, and Flickinger with a 1:58.92 in the 200 backstroke. She was also 2:00.93 in the 200 butterfly.
The Bulldogs also won all the relays on the women’s side.
Wisconsin’s Aja Van Hout won the 200 IM on friday, posting a B-cut time of 2:02.39. Ivy Martin won the 50 freestyle for the badgers with a B-cut time of 22.38.
On Day 2, Nic Fink won two events, winning the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, posting a 44.98 and 56.16, although his breaststroke was an exhibition swim. In the 400 IM, Kalisz touched the wall at 3:48.39, earning his second NCAA B-cut. Will Freeman won the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 15:32.41. Ty Stewart took first with a 49.46 in the 100 backstroke. Doug Reynolds posted a top time of 48.84 in the 200 butterfly.
The Wisconsin men got off to a great start in the 400 medley relay, out-touching Georgia’s A relay by .02. The Wisconsin men had a handful of official wins on the results, but Georgia exhibitioned their last few events.
On the women’s side, Amber McDermott was a double event winner earning two B cuts, touching in first with times of 16:22.80 in the 1,650 freestyle and 4:17.70 in the 400IM. Runner-up Annie Zhu also recorded a B-cut time of 4:19.31 in the 400 IM.
Olivia Smoliga finished first with a 56.41 in the 100 backstroke. Emily Cameron posted a top time of 1:03.78 in the 100 breaststroke. Those two are both freshmen, and both part of what Georgia hopes will be the next big push to the top of the country.
Georgia will host instate rival Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Wisconsin’s next meet will be back in action on Friday, October 18th, when they host Minnesota.