Georgia Sweeps Georgia Tech in Intrastate Rivalry Meet

Photo Courtesy: Cory A. Cole

The Georgia swimming and diving teams easily took down the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in women’s and men’s dual meet action Wednesday afternoon in Athens. Read more about the women’s and men’s meets below.

Women’s meet

The Bulldog women beat the Yellow Jackets handily, 174-102, and they were propelled by two wins from senior Meaghan Raab.

Georgia’s women opened with a win in the 200 medley relay, as Kylie StewartCaitlin CasazzaChelsea Britt and Raab won by more than a second in 1:41.40. The Bulldogs then won the first five swimming events contested, beginning with Meryn McCann’s win in the 1000 free (9:57.72).

Raab then won the 200 free in 1:46.97, overcoming a strong start from Georgia Tech’s Iris Wang, and freshman Maddie Wallis took first in the 100 back in 55.45. Another freshman, Danielle Della Torre, won the 100 breast in 1:03.72 before Casazza won the 200 fly in 1:58.48.

Wang picked up the Yellow Jackets’ first win of the day in the women’s meet in the 50 free, touching in 23.09, and after a break, Wang won again with a 49.76 in the 100 free. Teammate Cami Hidalgo secured wins GT in three-meter diving (312.30) and one-meter diving (296.33).

Georgia then got back on the winning track with Courtney Harnish taking the top spot in the 200 back (1:57.86) ahead of McCann, and Lexi Glunn won the 200 breast for the Bulldogs (2:17.71). Meg Finnon captured the top spot in the 500 free with her time of 4:52.96, and teammate Megan Kingsley led a Bulldog 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 100 fly, with Kingsley touching in 54.39.

With the meet already secured, Georgia swam exhibition in the 200 IM, with Raab winning in 1:59.50, and the Bulldogs’ Stewart, Donna BlaumSammie Burchill and Veronica Burchill added a 400 free relay win, touching in 3:24.90.

Men’s meet

The Georgia men were challenged a bit more than their women’s team, but they still pulled out a comfortable 171-110 win over the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia had to work for a win in the meet-opening 200 medley relay, but Javier AcevedoJames GuestCamden Murphy and Alex Bemiller managed to touch just ahead of Georgia Tech’s squad of Rodrigo CorreiaMoises LoschiFranco Reyes and Noah Harasz, 1:28.20 to 1:28.46.

Freshman Greg Reed picked up a big win in the 1000 free for the Bulldogs, touching in 9:03.08, and Reed returned later in the day to win the 500 free in 4:26.87. As for his teammates, Acevedo won the 100 back (47.68), Guest won the 100 breast (54.34), and Murphy took the top spot in the 200 fly (1:46.23). Murphy later grabbed a second individual win on the day in the 100 fly (47.67), and Ian Forlini won one-meter diving (329.18).

Georgia Tech freshman Caio Pumputis picked up wins in the 200 free (1:36.12) and 200 breast (1:56.88), while Harasz won the 50 free (20.63) and Correia edged out Acevedo, 44.43 to 44.45, to win the 100 free. Matt Casillas took first in three-meter diving (369.00).

U.S. Olympian and Georgia senior Jay Litherland grabbed first in the 200 back in 1:47.00. Litherland won his second race of the day in the 200 IM, touching out Pumputis (1:47.71 to 1:47.79).

In the meet’s final relay, Georgia Tech’s Correia, Albert Zhi, Harasz and Pumputis touched out Georgia’s Acevedo, Murphy, Clayton Forde and Litherland by three hundredths, 3:00.21 to 3:00.24.

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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