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AUBURN, Alabama, March 16. THE Georgia Bulldogs celebrated their third consecutive victory in the women's 800 free relay at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships.
The foursome of Shannon Vreeland, Jordan Mattern, Amber McDermott and Megan Romano raced to the win with a 6:55.96 for UGA's sixth victory in the 800 free relay history at NCAAs. Previous wins came in 2001, 2005, 2006, and the past two years in 2010 and 2011.
California's Sara Isakovic, Catherine Breed, Caroline Piehl and Liv Jensen took second in 6:57.50, while Arizona's Alyssa Anderson, Margo Geer, Sarah Denninghoff and Monica Drake placed third in 6:58.36. Southern California (6:59.12), Minnesota (7:00.65), Florida (7:00.84), Stanford (7:01.27) and Texas (7:02.22) finished fourth through eighth.
Virginia (7:03.68), Tennessee (7:04.60), Indiana (7:04.95), Auburn (7:06.09), Arizona State (7:07.93), North Carolina (7:08.41), Wisconsin (7:08.79) and West Virginia (7:13.09) also scored points by placing ninth through 16th.
California remained in a strong position to defend its title with 311 points after day two. Georgia made a serious push today with 247 points, while Southern California (226), Arizona (226) and Stanford (222) had firm holds on the rest of the top five spots. Tennessee (186), Texas A&M (185), Auburn (184), Texas (146) and Arizona State (99) comprised the rest of the top 10 spots heading into the final day of action.
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