Jake Magahey, Zoie Hartman Among Standouts as Georgia Tops Florida State

Jake Magahey -- Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Jake Magahey, Zoie Hartman Among Standouts as Georgia Tops Florida State

The Georgia Bulldogs earned a pair of dual meet wins Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla., against Florida State, with mid-distance star Jake Magahey keying a 179-121 win over the Seminoles and the women’s team claiming the victory by a 176-123 margin. Magahey, the 2022 NCAA runnerup in the 500 freestyle and the U.S. Nationals winner in the 400-meter free, turned in wins in the 200 free (1:35.68) and 500 free (4:22.98) against Florida State, and the Bulldog men claimed six other individual wins.

Kristian Pitshugin took first in the 100 breaststroke in 53.58, and fifth-year swimmer Andrew Abruzzo crushed the field in the 200 butterfly (1:45.78). Dillon Downing swam a mark of 19.84 to win the 50 free, and Ian Grum went 1:44.71 to take the 200 backstroke. The last two wins came courtesy of Wesley Ng in the 100 fly (47.61) and Zach Hils in the 200 IM (1:47.38), while Kevin Li won 3-meter diving (335.55). Georgia’s men also took first in the 200 medley relay (1:25.94) and 400 free relay (2:56.94).

The Seminoles started strong as Yordan Yanchev finished five seconds ahead of Abruzzo in the 1000 free in a time of 9:11.56, and Mason Herbet took the 100 back (46.90). Peter Varjasi won the 100 free for FSU (43.60), while Tommaso Baravelli edged out Georgia veteran Luca Urlando in the 200 breast, 2:00.17 to 2:00.19. In 1-meter diving, Darwin Nolasco placed first for Florida State (294.30).

In the Georgia women’s victory, three different swimmers won multiple individual races. Veteran Zoie Hartman won the 100 breast (1:01.14) and 200 IM (1;59.81), and Jillian Barcyzk won the 1000 free (10:03.75) and 500 free (4:54.64). Backstroker Marie Schobel finished first in the 100 (54.12) and 200-yard (1:55.26) races.

Callie Dickinson took first in the 200 free (1:50.31), and Julianna Stephens and Sloane Reinstein won one sprint freestyle race each, with Stephens taking the 50 (23.24) and Reinstein touching first in the 100 (50.34). Olivia Della Torre won the 100 fly (54.98), and Meghan Wenzel won 3-meter diving (309.30). Georgia concluded the meet with a win over FSU in the 400 free relay, 3:21.00 to 3:21.89.

The Seminoles had gotten off to the start they wanted with a narrow win over Georgia in the 200 medley relay, 1:40.84 to 1:40.94, but they did not win again until Edith Jernstedt claimed the 200 fly in 1:58.06. Julia Mansson was the only other swimming winner on the day (200 breast, 2:14.99), and 1-meter diving went to Samantha Vear (303.38).