Chase Kalisz Makes Collegiate Debut, Leads Georgia to Tri-Meet Sweep of N.C. State, SCAD

SAVANNAH, Georgia, January 6. LED by Chase Kalisz and Hali Flickinger, the Georgia swimming teams swept a tri-meet with North Carolina State and Savannah College of Art & Design on Saturday at the Chatham County Aquatic Center.

The 12th-ranked Bulldogs (5-1) defeated North Carolina State 144-112 and SCAD 206-46, while the No. 3 Lady Bulldogs (7-0) knocked off N.C. State 151-99 and SCAD 178-73.

“The kids did a very good job,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. “It was a little rough around the edges. Thankfully, the other teams were as tired as we were. It was good for us to shake off the cobwebs as we get ready for the championship season. Everything will continue to ramp up from here, and we've got to make sure we're ready for every challenge.”

Kalisz made his Georgia debut by winning three events. The mid-year enrollee claimed the 200 butterfly in 1:50.33, the 200 breaststroke in 1:59.58 and the 200 individual medley in 1:48.61. Ty Stewart added two victories for the Bulldogs, sweeping the 100 and 200 backstroke in 50.18 and 1:47.99, respectively.

Other winners for the Bulldogs were Matt Ellis in the 50 freestyle (21.02), Andrew Gemmell in the 500 freestyle (4:30.22) and Garrett Powell in the 1,000 freestyle (9:14.08).

The 200 medley relay of Stewart, Nic Fink, Doug Reynolds and Matias Koski stopped the clock in 1:31.62 to win, while the 400 freestyle relay of Koski, Fink, Jameson Hill and Ellis had a victorious time of 3:02.27.

Flickinger was a triple winner for the Lady Bulldogs. She swept the butterfly events in 55.81 and 1:59.49, respectively, and took the 200 backstroke in 1:59.38. Amber McDermott picked up two victories, claiming the 500 freestyle in 4:48.12 and the 1,000 freestyle in 10:04.19.

Also for the Lady Bulldogs, Chantal Van Landeghem won the 50 freestyle in 23.51, Melanie Margalis took the 200 breaststroke in 2:17.02 and Anna Neumeister had the meet's fastest time (2:05.44) in the 200 individual medley.

The 200 medley relay of Kelsey Gaid, Megan Molnar, Lauren Harrington and Van Landeghem placed first in 1:44.29. The 200 freestyle relay of Flickinger, Shannon Vreeland, Molnar and Allison Schmitt won in 1:34.63. The 400 freestyle relay of
Megan Romano, Olivia Boggs, Margalis and Schmitt touched in 3:27.41 to come in first.

Georgia will return to Gabrielsen Natatorium on Saturday, Jan. 12, to take on Texas in the final home dual meet of the season.

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