2022 UGA Fall Invitational
- November 17-19, 2022
- UGA Gabrielsen Natatorium, Athens, GA
- SCY (25 yards)
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The heavy hitters came to play during the opening session of the UGA Fall Invite, as Florida’s Josh Liendo and Georgia’s Jake Magahey put up some blistering times at the Gabrielsen Natatorium Thursday morning.
Liendo, a Canadian freshman who entered this week as the fastest man in the 50 free this season at 19.27, clocked 18.83 in the heats to mark a new personal best time by over four-tenths while also producing a time that would’ve made the ‘A’ final at last season’s NCAAs and going under the NCAA ‘A’ cut of 18.88.
Liendo’s sophomore teammate Macguire McDuff qualified second into the final in 19.18, just .03 shy of his personal best set at the 2022 SECs (19.15).
The men’s 50 free field as a whole was blazing fast, as Georgia’s Dillon Downing (19.27), Auburn’s Kalle Makinen (19.31) and Florida’s Adam Chaney (19.42) were also sub-19.5, and a total of 11 swimmers were faster than 19.8.
Magahey, 21, owns a personal best time of 4:06.71, done at the 2021 SECs, and has been as fast as 4:10.48 at this point in the season (2020 Georgia Invite).
Moving into third and fourth in the nation were Georgia’s Andrew Abruzzo (4:14.54) and Auburn’s Mason Mathias (4:14.44). Abruzzo’s swim is his fastest since setting a PB of 4:13.54 at the 2020 Georgia Invite, while Mathias’ marks a three-second best time.
Another highlight from the session came in the women’s 50 free, where Georgia sophomore Eboni McCarty joined the sub-22 club in a time of 21.91. McCarty’s time improves on her previous best of 22.10, and makes her the seventh woman under 22 seconds this season—with four having done so at the Tennessee Invite this morning and two last night at Art Adamson.
Florida’s Katie Mack was a distant second in 22.36.
OTHER TOP QUALIFIERS
- Georgia’s Abby McCulloh led a very competitive field in the women’s 500 free, clocking 4:41.51 to slightly outpace Florida’s Mabel Zavaros (4:41.59), Auburn’s Emily Hetzer (4:41.89) and Georgia Tech’s Deniz Ertan (4:42.19). All swimmers were under the time required to earn an NCAA invite last season (4:43.08), and both Zavaros and Ertan set sizeable best times.
- Zoie Hartman qualified first into the women’s 200 IM final for the Bulldogs in 1:55.28, nearly matching her time from the final of last season’s Georgia Tech Invite (1:55.20).
- A total of five men were in the 1:44-range in the 200 IM heats, with the Florida duo of Julian Smith (1:44.20) and Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero (1:44.25) setting the pace. Smith’s time improves his previous best of 1:44.58 from the 2022 SECs, while Gonzalez Piniero lowers his 1:45.03 from the same meet.