Georgia Lady Bulldogs Overcome Jack Bauerle Suspension to Defend NCAA Division I Championship

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 22. WITH head coach Jack Bauerle stuck back at home in Athens due to an ongoing academic review suspension by Georgia Athletics, the Lady Bulldogs put together an overwhelming performance to top the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships here in Minneapolis.

With strong leadership from senior diver Laura Ryan and sophomore distance specialist Brittany MacLean, Georgia managed to win its sixth team title of all time with 528 total points. While teams like Stanford piled up the points with event victories, Georgia relied on its immense depth to dominate the meet.

At the top end, MacLean clipped California’s superstar Missy Franklin in her first NCAA championship heat to top the 500 free with an NCAA record. MacLean later took home the 1650 free crown by smashing the NCAA record in both the 1000 and 1650.

Ryan, meanwhile, won Diver of the Meet honors with a springboard sweep as well as third-place in the platform event. A fitting finale for Ryan, who grew up diving here at the Minnesota Aquatic Center and transferred to Georgia after a quick stint at Indiana. Georgia’s only other win came by way of super freshman Olivia Smoliga, who popped a strong swim in the 50 free for a surprise victory.

With the win, Georgia now has six team victories, moving into sole possession of third all time behind Stanford (8) and Texas (7). Bauerle, who wasn’t at the meet, still gets credit for the win and moves to second all time behind Richard Quick (12) for women’s coaching titles. That broke a tie with David Marsh at five each.

Under the direction of head coach Greg Meehan, Stanford nearly swept the relays and wound up with seven total titles at the end of the meet. Maya DiRado swept the IMs with wins in the 200 and 400, while Felicia Lee raced her way to a win in the 100 fly.

Meanwhile, the Cardinal took down the NCAA and American record in the 400 medley relay, while also winning the 200 free, 400 free and 200 medley relays. That pushed Stanford’s NCAA record tally to 140 total titles in school history, while Georgia jumped Texas into third with 74 total. Florida (90), Texas (70) and California (54) round out the top five schools in terms of total victories.

Texas A&M had a big week with three wins from Cammile Adams, Breeja Larson and Paige Miller, which jumped their tally to 9, nearly becoming just the 13th school with double digit victories. Additionally, Notre Dame joined the party with its first winner in school history.

Event winners
Arizona
Margo Geer (100 free)

California
Missy Franklin (200 free: NCAA, AMERICAN Record)
800 free relay

Georgia
Brittany MacLean (500 free: NCAA Record; 1650 free: NCAA Record (including 1000 free NCAA record split))
Laura Ryan (1M diving, 3M diving)
Olivia Smoliga (50 free)

Indiana
Brooklynn Snodgrass (200 back)

Notre Dame
Emma Reaney (200 breast: NCAA, AMERICAN Record)

Stanford
Maya DiRado (200 IM, 400 IM)
Felicia Lee (100 fly)
200 free relay
400 free relay
200 medley relay
400 medley relay (NCAA, AMERICAN Record)

Texas A&M
Cammile Adams (200 fly)
Breeja Larson (100 breast: NCAA, AMERICAN Record)
Paige Miller (100 back)

USC
Haley Ishimatsu (10M diving)

Team Standings
1. Georgia 498
2. Stanford 362.5
3. California 354
4. Texas A&M 318
5. Southern California 226
6. Florida 211
7. Tennessee 199
8. Texas 136
9. Minnesota 126.5
10. Virginia 123

11. Arizona 122
12. Indiana 118
13. Wisconsin 56
14. Louisville 55
15. Auburn 48
15. Notre Dame 48
17. North Carolina 41
18. Penn State 40
19. SMU 39
20. Miami 38

21. NC State 36
21. Kentucky 36
23. UCLA 34
23. Virginia Tech 34
25. Purdue 33
26. Milwaukee 29
27. Massachussetts 28
27. San Diego State 28
29. Utah 24
30. Michigan 23

31. FGCU 22
31. Southern Illinois 22
33. Denver 21
34. UC Santa Barbara 18
35. Florida State 17
36. LSU 17
37. Missouri 16
38. Illinois State 15
39. Alabama 13
40. Princeton 12

41. Arizona State 8
41. Ohio State 8
43. Liberty 7
43. Oregon State 7
45. UNLV 6
45. Towson 6
47. FIU 4
47. Fresno State 4
49. Houston 3
50. Kansas 2

51. Duke 1
51. Nevada 1
51. Rutgers 1

Total Individual Titles
140 – Stanford
90 – Florida
74 – Georgia
70 – Texas
54 – California
48 – Arizona
41 – Southern California
32 – Auburn
29 – SMU
11 – North Carolina
10 – Michigan
9—Texas A&M
7 – Houston
7 – Tennessee
5 – Indiana
5 – Minnesota
5 – Ohio State
4 – Clemson
4 – Columbia
4 – Hawaii
4 – LSU
4 – Miami (Fla.)
3 – Arizona State
3 – Brigham Young
3 – Kansas
3 – Nevada
2 – Alabama
2—IUPUI
2 – Michigan State
2 – Villanova
2 – Virginia
1 – Arkansas
1 – Cincinnati
1 – Colorado State
1- Duke
1 – Furman
1 – Kentucky
1 – Nebraska
1 – N.C. State
1 – Notre Dame
1 – Oregon State
1– Purdue
1 – South Carolina
1 – Southern Illinois
1 – UCLA
1—Wisconsin

(Note: Totals include co-championships. Relay victories
count one for each event.)

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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