Alabama, South Carolina vs. Georgia

ATHENS, Georgia, January 30. THE Georgia swimming and diving teams swept a tri-meet with Alabama and South Carolina on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The Bulldogs (4-4, 3-2 SEC) knocked off Alabama 185-115 and South Carolina 225-75, while the Lady Bulldogs (8-1, 5-0 SEC) defeated Alabama 172-120 and South Carolina 193-99.

"By and large, it was a good meet," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said "I thought the young men and young ladies really fought hard. It is a tough time of the season with everyone at different stages of training in preparation for SECs, and we've got people fighting for positions. Overall, it was a real positive meet and I feel like we are doing a good job."

The Lady Bulldogs closed the regular season by winning for the 71st straight time at Gabrielsen Natatorium. Georgia is 72-1 all-time at home dating back to the 1995-96 season.

The Bulldogs got off to a good start as the 200 medley relay team of Michael Arnold, Martin Kata, Mark Dylla and Craig Jennings won in 1:29.93. Matt Bartlett touched first in the 100 freestyle in 45.37 and the 200 freestyle in 1:38.74. Dylla took the 100 butterfly in 48.96 and the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:47.54. Arnold won the 50 freestyle in 20.39. Adam Parker touched first in the 200 backstroke in 1:48.61. Bill Cregar won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:00.95. Richmond Green, Dylla, Parker and Arnold won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:01.90.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay. The team of Kristen Shickora, Michelle McKeehan, Anne-Marie Botek and Emily Montesinos touched in 1:42.59. Erica Malagón won the 200 freestyle in 1:49.32 and the 500 freestyle in 4:52.85. Kelly McNichols took the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:56.62. The 100 backstroke went to Lauren English in 55.09. Adrienne Bicek won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:59.17. Montesinos posted a time of 22.63 to win the 50 freestyle. Allison Schmitt won the 100 freestyle in 50.04. Kelsey Gaid had a time of 1:58.72 to take the 200 backstroke. Hannah Moore had the highest total on the 1-meter springboard, scoring 289.30 points. Schmitt, Gaid, Lisa Caprioglio and Megan Romano had the fastest time in the 400 freestyle relay, touching in 3:22.77.

"I was real happy for Alex (Watson) today," Georgia diving coach Dan Laak said. "He did a great job on both boards (finishing third on 3-meter and fifth on 1-meter), and those were his high scores of the year. As a team, we're not really rested right now. We'll start getting ready for SECs now."

Georgia's teams will be idle until the Southeastern Conference Championships, which will be held Feb. 17-20 at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

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