The University of Georgia Bulldogs were never in doubt as they led from start to finish against their in-state rivals. The final score for the women’s meet was 184-108, although that score does not accurately reflect the competition as the Bulldogs began using exhibition swimmers after the 500 freestyle. The men’s meet was closer but still a resounding victory for Georgia, 180-115 with exhibition swimmers used in the last two events.
Meaghan Raab was the standout women’s performer for the Lady Bulldogs, taking three individual event wins on the day in the 200 (1:47.43) and 100 (49.73) freestyle as well as the 100 IM (55.63). Olivia Ball won both diving boards. Stephanie Peters continues to have an excellent start to her season in distance freestyle, winning the 1000 freestyle in an impressive 9:51.15. Also impressive on the day was Olivia Smoliga, who posted a solid early season 100 backstroke (55.03)
The Georgia Tech women managed just one event win on the day, coming from freshman Iris Wang in the 50 free (23.65). Wang swam to second place in the 100 freestyle as well (50.14)
The Yellow Jacket men managed a couple of event wins- earlier ACC Swimmer of the Week Moises Loschi captured the 100 breaststroke (55.80), while Brad Homza won the 1M diving.
However, the meet was all about the versatility and depth of the Georgia Men. Matias Koski showed off his great range once again, winning both the 1000 (9:09.59) and 50 (20.39) freestyle. Gunnar Bentz was a double winner in the 200 fly (1:45.86) and 500 freestyle (4:26.80), while Ty Stewart took both the 100 fly (48.52) and 100 IM (49.45). Perhaps the best swim out of the rest of the Bulldog winners was freshman James Guest, who won the 200 breaststroke in 1:59.73
Next up for Georgia is another in-state contest that they should win handily against the Emory Eagles on November 13th. Georgia Tech hosts it’s annual invitational from November 19th-21st.