ATHENS, Georgia, November 20. THE Georgia swimming and diving teams had 10 swimmers post wins in their season debut in races, helping the No. 1 Lady Bulldogs and No. 11 Bulldogs sweep Emory at Gabrielsen Natatorium Friday. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-0 with a 179-120 win and the Bulldogs went to 3-2 with a 156-113 victory.
"I thought it was a terrific meet," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "I was pleasantly surprised with our kids. There wasn't one single event I thought we could have done better in. We were able to move some kids around a little bit. It's always nice to swim something else and it's nice to see if we can find somebody else's third event."
In the 200 medley relay, Georgia's team of Gil Stovall, Joe Redmon, Nathan Bibliowicz and Nathan Stibrich took first place with a time of 1:33.66.
In the men's 1,000 free, Will Thorburn won in his season debut with a time of 9:39.23. Likewise, in the men's 200 free, Sebastien Rouault finished in first place with a time of 1:40.51. Peter Verhoef also won in his season debut in the 100 back with a time of 52.86.
Genya Gouzeev swept the 1- and 3-meter diving events, scoring 342.97 and 332.10 points. In the 100 breaststroke, Nathan Bibliowicz finished first with a time of 58.94. Joe Redmon placed first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.54. In the 50 free, Michael Cellini has a winning time of 20.95. Cellini's time also topped the Bulldogs' 50 free marks in 2005.
In the 100 free, Georgia's Andrew Taylor had a first-place finish with a time of 46.34 and Rouault grabbed first-place honors in the 200 back after clocking a time of 1:52.90. In the 200 breast, Georgia's Angus Jno Baptiste won with a time of 2:10.68.
For the women, Lauren Groblewski, Melissa Klein, Rachel Myco and Christie Hupman opened the day for the Lady Bulldogs as they won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:48.43.
In the 1,000 freestyle, Mary DeScenza notched first-place honors in her first race in this event this year with a time of 9:50.06, which was a team-best time for 2005. In the 200 free, Jessica Cole won and had an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:50.03. It was Cole's first time racing in this event.
In the 100 backstroke, Aleksandra Putra grabbed first place with a 57.03 mark. In the 1- and 3-meter dives, Natalie Thomas and Emily Hunter swept the top spots for Georgia with scores of 252.37 and 337.20. In the 100 breast, Sarah Poewe finished first with a time of 1:03.45. In the 200 butterfly, Laura Conway won with a time of 2:06.66.
In the 50 free, Karen Guilkey finished in first place with a time of 24.44 in her first race in that event. Austen Carter won the 100 free after posting a time of 52.67. In the 200 back, Groblewski finished in first place with a time of 2:04.73. In the 200 breast, Melissa Klein notched a time of 2:22.09, which gave her a first-place finish.
In the 500 free, Georgia's Kara Lynn Joyce raced for the first time this year and finished in 4:50.44. While Joyce's mark was a B cut time, she was designated as an exhibition swimmer and did not place and count as a scorer.