Jack Bauerle sits on the precipice of history with 499 dual meet wins – 293 with his women’s team and 206 with his men’s.
But, according to OnlineAthlens.com, Bauerle will not be present at today’s meet, his first shot at #500, as the university conducts an “academic review” of sophomore swimmer Chase Kalisz, the defending NCAA Champion and World Championship silver medalist in the 400 IM.
Athletic Director Greg McGarity says that today’s co-ed meet against NC State will still count on Bauerle’s record, with the Bulldogs expected to be at least heavy favorites in the women’s meet. This means that Bauerle will probably be absent for his historic 500 win.
“Jack Bauerle is still our head coach whether he’s there or not,” McGarity told OnlineAthens.
Kalisz sat out the first semester of his freshman year last season while what was described at the time as a minor issue with his home-school academic program in high school was straightened out.
There was no indication if the latest “academic review” was in any way related to that issue, and the Athletics Department had no comment on that specifically. They did release the following statement on Saturday morning:
“University of Georgia head swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle and sophomore swimmer Chase Kalisz will be withheld from team competition pending completion of an academic eligibility review,” according to UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.
Associate head coach Harvey Humphries will take over the program’s primary leadership role during Bauerle’s absence. The meet begins at 2pm Eastern Time on Saturday.