Jay Litherland: Last summer has played a big role this season (Video)

Reported by Eli Noblett.

MEET STATS

  • Complete results
    • Women: UGA 159, Mizzou 140
    • Men: UGA 152, Mizzou 147
  • Hosted by Missouri (Mizzou Aquatic Center)
  • November 10, 2016
  • 25 yards, men and women dual meet
  • Team’s Record:
    • Georgia men (5-0, 2-0 SEC)
    • Georgia women (5-0, 2-0 SEC)
    • Missouri men (3-2, 1-2 SEC)
    • Missouri women (4-1, 2-1 SEC)

RECAP 

The No. 2-ranked Lady Bulldogs and No. 6-ranked Bulldogs pulled out victories against the No. 18-ranked Tiger women and No. 23-ranked Tiger men today in Missouri. The bigger story, however, is how well Mizzou competed. The UGA men won by only 5 points, and the UGA women won by 19.

The investment in Missouri’s coaching staff—Greg Rhodenbaugh (head coach), James Sweeney (diving), Andrew Grevers (assistant, older brother of Matt Grevers), Mark Gangloff (assistant, Olympic gold medalist), and Jack Brown(assistant, OT finalist, U.S. Open Champion)—is beginning to pay off in a notoriously tough conference.

Men

The Bulldogs relied on Olympians Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland, as well as a pair of talented freshman, Javier Acevedo and Walker Higgins. Kalisz won the 100 breast (54.03) and 200 IM (1:47.01), but was disqualified in the 200 breast. Litherland won the 200 free (1:37.00), got second in the 200 IM (1:47.12) and got third in the 200 back (1:45.32).

Freshman Acevedo won the 100 back (47.44) and 200 back (1:44.87), and freshman Higgins won the 500 free (4:27.22) and got second in the 200 free (1:38.12).

The Mizzou men were led by sprinter Michael Chadwick. Missouri swept the podium in the 50 free, with Chadwick grabbing first in 19.83. He went on to win the 100 free (43.20). Andrew Sansoucie also had an impressive victory in the 100 fly, slipping under 47 seconds (46.97).

Another highlight for the Tiger men was their diving. They went 1-2 in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. Kyle Goodwin won both (3m: 398.40; 1m: 325.43).

 

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