SEC Weekly Recap: Georgia Sweeps North Carolina

Jay Litherland Photo Courtesy: JD Lasica

The Georgia Bulldogs swept North Carolina in a dual meet on Friday.

The No. 8-ranked Georgia men posted a 187-113 win, while the No. 4 Lady Bulldogs took a 180-120 decision over the No. 22 Tar Heels. Both Georgia teams improved to 2-0 on the season.

Jay Litherland was a triple winner for the Bulldogs. He won the 200 freestyle in 1:37.23, the 200 backstroke in 1:46.29 and the 400 individual medley in 3:51.46.

Javier Acevedo and James Guest each won two events for Georgia. Acevedo’s time of 47.67 won the 100 backstroke. He then added a win in the 100 freestyle in 44.86. Guest swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 in 55.07 and the 200 in 1:59.42.

Powell Brooks won the 200 butterfly in 1:47.77, Walker Higgins won the 500 freestyle in 4:25.01 and Greg Reed took the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:06.76.

The Bulldogs won the 200 medley relay as the quartet of Acevedo, Guest, Camden Murphy and Litherland finished in 1:29.28.

Murphy, Kevin Litherland, Higgins and Acevedo won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:02.33.

Courtney Harnish, Megan Kingsley and Kylie Stewart each won twice for the Lady Bulldogs. Harnish won the 200 freestyle as she touched in 1:47.71 and the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:46.36. Stewart won the 100 backstroke in 52.48 and the 200 backstroke in 1:56.20. Kingsley swept the butterfly races, winning the 100 in 53.89 and the 200 in 1:57.31.

Stephanie Peters won the 1,000 freestyle in 9:53.25 and Meaghan Raab won the 400 individual medley in 4:17.12.

The 400 freestyle relay of Veronica Burchill, Stewart, Harnish and Raab placed first in 3:21.52.

Tennessee sweeps UNC-Wilmington

Tennessee swept UNC Wilmington in the men’s and women’s competition Friday to open the regular season.

Led by double wins from junior diver Rachel Rubadue, sophomore Erika Brown and freshman Alexis Yager, the Tennessee women won 13 of 16 events in a 201-99 victory. The men won 11 of 16 events behind a 177-123 team effort in which no Vol won multiple events.

Yager’s won in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:19.04) and 200 individual medley (2:05.71). For the women, freshman Amanda Nunan won the 1,000 freestyle (10:19.20) and Tjasa Pintar took first in the 200 freestyle (1:52.47).

Tennessee got wins from Katie Armitage in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.68), Micah Bohon in the 200 backstroke (2:03.66) and Brianna Leverenz in the 500 freestyle (5:07.63).

In addition to diving victories from Liam Stone and Colin Zeng, The Tennessee men got wins from Sam Rice in the 1,000 freestyle (9:27.87), Taylor Abbott in the 200 freestyle (1:40.68), Braga Verhage in the 50 freestyle (20.94), Sam McHugh in the 200 backstroke (1:52.32), Jared Clance in the 200 breaststroke (2:05.88), Hayden Burns in the 500 freestyle (4:36.33) and Ryan Coetzee in the 100 butterfly (50.15).

Kentucky tops Vanderbilt

Kentucky women’s swimming and diving team kicked off the season Wednesday afternoon, taking a 187-72 victory over Vanderbilt.

Of the 16 swimming events, the Wildcats took first in all but one, including seven 1-2-3 sweeps.

Senior Morgan Belli led the way for the Cats, sweeping the breaststroke events. Belli went 1:04.02 to lead UK in a sweep of the 100-yard breaststroke, before posting a 2:17.05 to win the 200 breast.

Sophomore Asia Seidt was another standout performer of the meet, picking up a pair of victories on the day. Swimming off events, Seidt took the titles in both the 50- and 200-yard freestyle events. The sophomore went 1:49.01 to win the 200 and 23.12 in the 50. Seidt also posted the leading time in the 100 individual medley going 56.48, but competed as exhibition in the event.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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