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NCAA Division I Women's Championships: Georgia Concludes Strong Comeback With Victorious 800 Free Relay -- March 19, 2010

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, March 19. AFTER beginning the night with a disqualification in the 200 medley relay, the Georgia Bulldogs completed a remarkable comeback with a triumph in the 800 free relay.

Morgan Scroggy, Megan Romano, Chelsea Nauta and Allison Schmitt claimed the title in 6:55.61. The performance crushed the pool record of 7:01.03 set by Georgia back in 2005. The win is Georgia's fourth all time in the event with previous triumphs coming in 2001, 2005 and 2006.


"It was really exciting to be part of the relay team, because going into SEC's I didn't know whether I was going to be a part of the relay team," Romano said. "Being a part of the relay was really exciting. Getting the pool record was great. I went a personal-best split and that was really exciting. Overall, I am really happy at how tonight went."

Georgia registered a 4.39-second triumph over California, which turned in a 7:00.00 by Hannah Wilson, Sara Isakovic, Lauren Boyle and Liv Jensen. While the margin of victory was large tonight, the biggest margin occurred in 1984. Florida (7:06.98) beat Southern California (7:14.94) for the title that year by 7.96 seconds.

Florida's Shara Stafford, Jamie Bohunicky, Teresa Crippen and Melania Costa Schmid wound up third in 7:01.53. Stanford's team of Andrea Murez, Kate Dwelley, Whitney Spence and Julia Smit faded to sixth in 7:03.41.

Stanford ended the day with a leading tally of 266.5, while Georgia completed a valiant comeback bid to stand second with 262.5 points. Arizona (259.5) and California (256) also are in contention for the title tomorrow, while Florida (236) and Texas A&M (216) have an outside shot.

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March 19, 2010 Great team battle; props to Georgia for battling back and in contention after their 200 MR DQ. Also to Chandler's NCAA record which she pulled off without the potential advantage of drafting off of Brendan Hansen that Kirk had when she posted her AR 57.7.
Submitted by: liquidassets
March 19, 2010 I was't @ Austin four years ago when Kirk set her AR in the 100 breast but she did it on March 6. Hansen swam the men's 100 breast four days earlier on March 2, clocking 52.01.

I doubt he was in the pool swimming next to Kirk as the previous poster suggests when she set the record.
Submitted by: slickwillie32
March 20, 2010 Ah ok I had read somewhere on this site, maybe in the comments, that she did it in a special time trial that they both swam in. It came up in '07, I think when Lenton's WR next to Phelps in the Duel wasn't allowed. It may have been an urban myth.
Submitted by: liquidassets
March 20, 2010 did someone for louisville forget her event? DQ in 800 FR for "delay of meet"? anyone know anything?
Submitted by: Badgerstyle
March 20, 2010 The delay of meet was a technicality. Since the 800 free relay is technically a "final" since it is a timed final, a team cannot DFS. If not, it is considered a misconduct penalty and could result in a failure to compete that has some pretty harsh penalties.

So, if a team wants to scratch the 800 free relay, the way they are allowed to do it is the team has to go to the blocks. The officials call all the teams to the blocks, and they don't stand up. When they don't stand up, the official then DQs them for a delay of meet and let them leave the starting area.

Long story short, it's a scratch.
Submitted by: Jason Marsteller
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2010WNCAADI  Georgia wins the 800 Free Relay at the 2010 Women's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
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