Georgia’s Urlando, Magahey Out of GT Invite With Non-COVID-Related Illness


  • November 18-20, 2021
  • McAuley Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live results on Meet Mobile: “2021 Georgia Tech Fall Invitational”

University of Georgia sophomores Jake Magahey and Luca Urlando are both dealing with a non-COVID-related illness and will miss the Georgia Tech Invitational, the school confirmed to SwimSwam on Thursday.

The two are not competing “out of an abundance of caution,” a university spokesman said.

Both competed as recently as the Bulldogs’ November 5 dual against Auburn, where Magahey swept the men’s 500 and 1000 freestyle events and Urlando won the men’s 100 back and 100 fly.

Magahey was the men’s 500 free NCAA champion last season as a freshman, adding a runner-up finish in the 1650 free while also winning the SEC title in the 200 free.

Magahey was entered to swim the 100, 200, 500 and 1650-yard freestyle events at the invite.

Urlando was the 2021 SEC champion in the men’s 200 butterfly, and finished fourth in the 200 fly and eighth in the 100 fly during his debut NCAA Championships last March.

Urlando was coming into the GT Invite as the top seed in the men’s 100 back, 100 fly and 200 fly, and was seeded second in the 200 IM behind Florida’s Kieran Smith.

Smith, who Magahey outduelled for that 500 free NCAA title last year, put up the top time of the prelims in both the 500 free and 200 IM in Magahey and Urlando’s absence.

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So confused
1 year ago

Flu has been terrible this year. I hope they feel better soon.

Reply to  So confused
1 year ago

Wearing masks would help

Reply to  Ghost
1 year ago


Reply to  So confused
1 year ago

Yeah, it seems anecdotally that what the doctors predicted about a bad flu year is coming true. I haven’t seen the data yet, but so far it’s been wholloping athletes.

Or maybe everyone is just more aware of these sorts of things?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Pretty tough to miss the legit flu. It ain’t no cold. Good reminder to get the flu vaccine.

Working swim mom
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

There are multiple large universities fighting flu outbreaks right now. University of Michigan had the CDC out. UGA had a couple hundred students test positive every day for the last couple weeks. Unfortunately it’s likely to get worse on a number of campuses before it gets better.

Reply to  So confused
1 year ago

From Oct 3rd through Nov 6th, there were 320 positive flu tests in the USA of over 200,000 specimens collected. Compared to 2020 it is an increase in cases but certainly not a terrible year but any prior measure

1 year ago

The flu is going around UGA from what I have heard. That’s a likely culprit

swim parent
1 year ago

I heard like half of Georgia’s team is down with the Flu. yikes!!

1 year ago

Wish both of them the best and hope to see them back in the pool soon 🙂

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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