UGA Men and Women Defeat UNC at Chapel Hill


  • Complete results
  • Hosted by North Carolina, Koury Natatorium (Chapel Hill)
  • October 7, 2016
  • Team’s Record: UGA Men (1-0), UGA Women (1-0); UNC Men (0-1), UNC Women (0-1)


This meet was fast, which is perhaps to be expected in an early fall meet following an Olympic summer.

Last season the Lady Bulldogs had an absolute nail-biter against the Lady Tar Heels, winning by a mere four points. This year, the Lady Bulldogs had a more comfortable 60-point victory margin, and swam the last relay as an exhibition.

The Georgia men’s team, on the other hand, won by just 30 points (after winning last year’s dual by 45 points), although they swam the last two events as exhibition.

The small but mighty Megan Kingsley was the big winner for the Lady Bulldogs, swimming extremely well for the first meet of the season. She came away with three individual wins in the 100 fly (53.07), 200 fly (1:54.90) and the 200 IM (1:59.11). Her 200 fly time was nearly 4 seconds ahead of her swim at the same meet last year against the Tar Heels (1:58.93).

Senior Emily Cameron got the job done for the Lady Bulldogs in the breaststroke races, which is her team’s weakest stroke. She won both the 100 breast (1:03.68) and 200 breast (2:17.27). Importantly, Junior Stephanie Peters appears to be ready to fill the big shoes of Olympian Brittany MacLean, who finished her eligibility last season. Peters won the 1000 free (9:46.55), 500 free (4:47.53) and got second in the 200 free (1:49.35).

The Lady Bulldogs swept the 1000 free, 500 free, 200 free, 100 free, and 200 IM.

The Lady Tar Heels, however, scored big individual wins with Caroline Baldwin in the 50 free (22.73) and Hellen Moffitt in the 100 back (53.08). Elissa Dawson also swept both the 3-meter and 1-meter diving for North Carolina.

On the men’s side, Georgia took full advantage of having Olympic Silver Medalist Chase Kalisz back on its roster. Kalisz took the 200 free (1:36.60) and the 200 breast (1:56.08). Fellow Olympian Jay Litherland also swam well with two wins in the 200 back (1:46.33) and 200 IM (1:49.73). Freshman Javier Acevedo from Canada (yet another Olympian) delivered on the hype as he took the 100 back (47.74) and 100 free (45.11). (Another Canadian freshman for the Dawgs, Meryn McCann, also got her first collegiate victory in the 200 back with a 1:57.87.)

The UNC men notched individual victories of their own with Craig Emslie in the 100 breast (55.85) and Jordan Merrilees in the 500 free (4:29.35). Merrilees was also second in the 200 free behind Kalisz in 1:37.15. Notably, UNC again swept both diving events with Sean Burston in the one-meter and Jack Nyquist in the three-meter.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will next face the Florida Gators at home in Athens, Georgia, on Friday, October 28th. The Tar Heels will travel to face another SEC team, the Tennessee Volunteers, on October 21st and 22nd in Knoxville.


Courtesy of Georgia Athletics:

Oct. 7, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Georgia swimming and diving teams opened the 2016-17 season on Friday by sweeping North Carolina at the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium.

The Bulldogs recorded a 162.5-132.5 victory, while the Lady Bulldogs registered a 179-119 decision in their 15th straight season-opening win. Georgia’s program is now 42-4 all time (23-0 women, 19-4 men) against the Tar Heels under Coach Jack Bauerle.

“I was extremely pleased with the way we competed and performed today,” Bauerle said. “They did a good job for the first meet. North Carolina always gives us a tough test and that’s why we like racing them first. This meet always gives our kids a sense of focus.”

Pace Clark joined Olympians Chase KaliszJay Litherland and Javier Acevedo as double winners on Friday. Clark swept the 100 and 200 butterfly races in 48.37 and 1:47.03. Returning to Georgia after a redshirt season, Kalisz took the 200 freestyle in 1:36.60 and the 200 breaststroke in 1:56.08. Litherland had the meet’s fastest times in the 200 backstroke (1:46.33) and the 200 individual medley (1:49.73). Acevedo, in his Georgia debut, won the 100 freestyle in 45.11 and the 100 backstroke in 47.74.

Chris Powell reached the wall in 20.77 to take the 50 freestyle and Kevin Litherland won the 1,000 freestyle in 9:17.44. The 200 medley relay of Taylor DaleColin Monaghan, Clark and Acevedo stopped the clock first in 1:30.58.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Megan Kingsley picked up three victories – the 100 butterfly (53.07), the 200 butterfly (1:54.90) and the 200 individual medley (1:59.11).

Emily Cameron and Stephanie Peters each had two wins. Cameron swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 1:03.68 and 2:17.27, respectively. Peters won the 500 freestyle in 4:47.53 and the 1,000 freestyle in 9:46.55.

Olympian Chantal Van Landeghem returned from a redshirt campaign and won the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.96. Meaghan Raab claimed the 200 freestyle in 1:47.87 and Meryn McCann made her Georgia debut by taking the 200 backstroke in 1:57.87.

The 200 medley relay of Kylie Stewart, Cameron, Kingsley and Van Landeghem won with a time of 1:40.13.

Georgia will return to action Oct. 28 at Gabrielsen Natatorium when it entertains Florida at 11 a.m.

Courtesy of Carolina Athletics:

Oct. 7, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina kicked off the 2016-17 dual meet season on Friday afternoon, taking on national powerhouse Georgia in Koury Natatorium. The Bulldogs swept the Tar Heels, defeating the women, 179-119, and the Tar Heel men fell, 162.5-132.5. The meet was highlighted by standout performances by the men’s and women’s divers, and winning swims by Craig Emslie, Jorden Merrilees, Hellen Moffitt and Caroline Baldwin.   

“I think the takeaway is what we saw and what we competed against. We competed against a national championship winning women’s team and a Top 5 men’s program. Clearly we have some work to do to get to that level. But overall hats off to them,” said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm.  “If you’re an observer of the sport you are going to see what champions do. And there are some Olympians on that team, some Olympic medalists, and I think it is good that we can race against them and really learn from them.” 

The matchup proved to be an early test of conditioning for the Tar Heels, as the Georgia women captured their seventh national title in 2016, while the men’s team placed fifth at the NCAA Championships. 

The UNC men placed first in five events, while the women’s team earned the top spot in four events.   

The women’s team began the home opener with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, clocking in at 1:40.39. Georgia’s Chantal Van Landeghem narrowly outtouched Sarah Hitchens to take first place for the Bulldogs. UNC capped off the meet by winning the 400-yard medley in a time of 3:24.14 with Baldwin, Hitchens, Moffitt and Brooke Bauer swimming for North Carolina.

Moffitt, a captain of this year’s squad, got off to a fantastic senior campaign, as she notched a pair of Top 2 finishes for the Tar Heels. Moffitt earned a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.08. She also notched a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking in at 53.13 for UNC.

Baldwin was also a tremendous force in the pool for UNC, taking first place in the 50-yard freestyle (22.73) for the Tar Heels and placing fourth in the 100-yard free (51.05). Baldwin also was a key for the Tar Heels’ success in the relays, leading off both the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.  

Junior diver Elissa Dawson had a fantastic start to the season on the boards for the Tar Heels, taking first place in both the one and three-meter diving competitions. She finished first in both events with scores of 304.95 and 352.05, respectively. Maria Lohman finished second in the one-meter diving competition for North Carolina with a score of 300.23.

On the men’s side, North Carolina began the competition with a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The Tar Heels clocked in at 1:32.11 with Heyward Harrison, Emslie, Michael Meyer and Greg Brocato swimming for the Tar Heels. The Tar Heel men concluded the meet with a first place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, touching the wall at 3:00.71.  That relay include Merrilees, Emslie, Philip Perdue and Lucas Popp.

Sean Burston finished first in the one-meter diving competition for the Tar Heels, with a score of 361.05. Jack Nyquist posted a score of 343.05 to capture second place. On the three-meter boards, Nyquist took the top place for North Carolina with a score of 416.33.

Junior transfer Emslie got off to a fast start in his debut in the pool as a Tar Heel, earning first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 55.58. Merrilees also had a successful first meet for UNC, placing first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:29.35) and second in the 200-yard free (1:37.15).  Emslie is a transfer from Indian River State College in Florida while Merrilees is transfer from Oakland University.

“It was good day to be a Tar Heel as this was my first meet,” says Merrilees.  “Coach (DeSelm) talked a lot about culture before the meet today and I think that means bringing a lot of energy into our training which will then carry over to our meets like it did today.”

“Moving forward we are going to race tomorrow in practice. We are going to clean up the splits, the relay turnarounds, and just see where we are as a group. They are going to come in this weekend and work,” says DeSelm. 

North Carolina will return to the pool on Friday, Oct. 21-22, as the Tar Heels travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the nationally-ranked Tennessee Volunteers in a two-day dual meet. Competition will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday and resume on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.


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4 years ago

UNC really feeling the graduation of their entire team last year

4 years ago

Megan Kingsley throwing down a 1:54 200 fly in early October? Boss

4 years ago

Wonder why Olivia Smoliga didn’t swim??

rocky bottom
Reply to  SUNY Cal
4 years ago

redshirt year

swim chick
Reply to  rocky bottom
4 years ago

Just curious, why is Smoliga redshirting?

Reply to  swim chick
4 years ago

May be focusing on just long course? Just a guess.

Reply to  rocky bottom
4 years ago

where are you getting your intel? i would say school or sick or injured.

Reply to  rocky bottom
4 years ago

Redshirting right after the Olympics interesting move

Reply to  rocky bottom
4 years ago

She injured her tailbone

Reply to  SUNY Cal
4 years ago

Have a feeling she will be at the next meet kicking some butt