PHOENIX, Arizona, September 25. THE University of Georgia had a very good day, starting things off with a win over the University of Kentucky in an interesting dual meet in Athens, Georgia. Most of the distances were not normal, with freestylers racing 100, 150, 300 and 2000 yards. Butterflyers, backstrokers and breaststrokers raced 150 yards and 300 yards. Matias Koski won three events for the men’s team, taking the 100 free with a quick 44.76, the 150 free in 1:11.82 and the 300 free in 2:34.57. Chase Kalisz was also among the multiple event winners, taking the 300 breast, 300 fly and 300 IM. Hali Flickinger won three events as well, taking the 150 fly, 300 fly and 300 IM.
Shortly after their dual meet, the Georia men’s team got three new verbal commitments from high school seniors in one phone call. The Litherland triplets — Jay, Kevin and Mick — will be Georgia Bulldogs next fall, adding their middle distance and distance potential to the squad. All three have amazing potential, with Jay having the most impressive credentials so far. He participated in the junior world championships in August, where he was sixth in the 400 IM. Kevin is a distance freestyle specialist and Mick’s best event is the 200 butterfly.
More good college news, as today we learned that the University of Wisconsin at River Falls will keep its swim team, thanks to the hiring of Mike Bollinger as coach. The team was without a coach and the athletic department threatened to cut the team if no viable applicants stepped forward. Bollinger will be coming from high school coaching in Minnesota to work with the Division III team.
Another day, another retirement announcement. James Goddard posted on Twitter that he’s ending a career that took him to the Olympic Games three times and made him Commonwealth Games champion in the 200 IM and 200 backstroke. Though Goddard never stood on the Olympic medal podium, he did swim in a few finals and was one of the leaders of the British men’s team. Best of luck to James in this new chapter.