ATHENS, Georgia, October 19. THE Georgia swimming and diving teams won their Gabrielsen Natatorium openers on Thursday, sweeping a double dual meet against Georgia Tech and South Carolina.
The No. 9 Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) defeated Georgia Tech 187-53 and South Carolina 163-78, while the No. 5 Lady Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0) topped Georgia Tech 146-87 and South Carolina 139-98. South Carolina picked up victories against Georgia Tech, with the men winning 140-100 and the women winning 145.5-95.5.
"Overall, it was a really good meet," Georgia head swimming coach Jack Bauerle said. "They did a great job today, and it's always nice to beat Tech. We were actually better than I expected, especially our guys. I just thought we raced hard, and that's the most important thing right now."
"I thought we did pretty good for the second meet," Georgia diving coach Dan Laak said. "We're still not where we want to be, but it's early in the season. We were better this week than we were last week, so that's progress."
For the men, the 400 medley relay the team of Chris Spooner, Neil Versfeld, Nathan Bibliowicz and Joe Smutz placed first with a time of 3:21.77.
Sebastien Rouault was first in both the 1000 free with a time of 9:26.73 and the 200 free with a time of 1:40.24. Bibliowicz took first in both the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.99 and the 100 free with a time of 45.87.
In the 50 free, Cameron Hollinger won with a time of 20.62. Gil Stovall placed first in the 500 free with a time of 4:33.02. Versfeld finished first in the 200 breast with a B-cut time of 1:59.02. Webb Worthington took top honors in 3-meter diving with 306.60 points. In the 200 free relay, Hollinger, Smutz, Justin Cain and Stovall placed first with a time of 1:23.35.
"Swimming in front of the home crowd is nice," Rouault said. "I like the cheering."
In the women's 400 medley relay, the team of Aleksandra Putra, Gretchen Schmaltz, Kelly McNichols and Claire Maust was first with a time of 3:49.26.
Anna Miller placed first in both the 1000 free with a time of 10:00.63 and the 100 free with a time of 51.61. Maust and Putra went 1-2 in the 200 free with B-cut times of 1:49.71 and 1:50.28 respectively.
Haley Chura placed first in the 200 back with a time of 2:02.03. Kara Lynn Joyce finished first in the 500 free with a B-cut time of 4:49.84. Emily Hunter won the 3-meter springboard with 298.05 points.
"Overall, I thought I did a lot better than I expected," Maust said. "We were all so tired from the week, but I think we all did better than expected."