ATHENS, Georgia, November 9. THE Georgia swimming and diving teams swept new Southeastern Conference rival Missouri on Friday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The 10th-ranked Bulldogs posted a nail-biting 151-147 decision to improve to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. The No. 2 Lady Bulldogs coasted to a 186-106 win and moved their overall record to 4-0 and their conference mark to 3-0. The Lady Bulldogs extended their all-sports school record with their 80th consecutive win at home. Georgia also won for the 30th straight time against an SEC opponent.
The Bulldogs sealed the victory with a win in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Matias Koski, Nic Fink, Doug Reynolds and Jameson Hill stopped the clock in 2:58.70. Prior to the final relay, Georgia was down 141-140.
"That was a great finish," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "I am so proud of our guys for battling through the entire meet. I had a feeling coming into this meet that it could come down to the final relay -- and that's how it played out. It's rare that you get into dual meets that are this close. Pulling this one out was big for our guys, and it will help us down the road. We grew up a lot today."
Will Freeman led a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Bulldogs in the 1,000 freestyle as he stopped the clock in 9:07.91. Hill went 1:38.23 to claim the 200 freestyle. Fink won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.16. Koski touched in 20.46 to win the 50 freestyle. Matt Ellis' 44.95 was the top time in the 100 freestyle. Martin Grodzki posted a time of 4:25.57 to take the 500 freestyle. Reynolds went 48.65 to win the 100 butterfly. Ty Stewart won the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:53.05.
Allison Schmitt was a double winner for the Lady Bulldogs as she took the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.03 and had the meet's fastest time in the 100 butterfly of 54.81.
The Lady Bulldogs opened the meet with the 200 medley relay team of Megan Romano, Megan Molnar, Maddie Locus and Chantal Van Landeghem taking first in 1:42.42. The 400 freestyle relay team of Locus, Olivia Boggs, Courtney Peters and Romano closed the meet in similar fashion, touching at 3:24.65 for the first-place finish.
Jordan Mattern claimed the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:09.15. Melanie Margalis came in first in the 200 freestyle in 1:49.03. Molnar went 1:03.42 to take the 100 breaststroke. Peters finished first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.89. Jessica Graber's 23.11 in the 50 freestyle was good enough for first place. Boggs won the 200 breaststroke as she stopped the clock in 2:17.83. Nicole Vernon touched first in the 500 freestyle in 4:54.64. Annie Zhu won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:16.99. Laura Ryan paced the field on the 3-meter springboard as she registered 307.05 points.
"Our women were solid again today," Bauerle said. "Our frontline people were strong, but we also had some of our 'second-tier' kids step up today. We're getting better every day and we're moving in the right direction."
Friday's meet marked the first time Georgia and Missouri have squared off in a regular-season dual meet.
Georgia's teams will return to action next Friday at 5 p.m. at home against Emory.
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Results: Georgia vs. Missouri
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