SEC Recap: Georgia Tops Emory; Florida, Alabama, South Carolina at Invites

Kylie Stewart. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The Georgia swimming and diving teams completed the dual meet portion of their schedule on Saturday by sweeping Emory at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The No. 6 Lady Bulldogs posted a 173-94 decision to improve to 9-0, marking their 15th undefeated regular season under Jack Bauerle. Georgia’s seniors ended their careers 37-1-1. The No. 9 Bulldogs moved to 7-1-1 with a 164-121 victory. The Bulldog seniors wound up 30-5-1 in their tenure.

Anna McKenzie, Kylie Stewart and McKensi Austin were double winners for the Bulldogs. McKenzie swept the breaststroke events in 1:02.83 and 2:14.45. Stewart took the 50 freestyle in 23.20 and the 200 individual medley in 2:01.24. Austin claimed both springboards, winning the 1-meter with 296.93 points and the 3-meter with 356.18 points.

The Bulldogs swept the remaining freestyle events with Meaghan Raab in the 100 (50.51), Sandra Scott in the 200 (1:47.68), Meg Finnon in the 500 (4:48.36)and Courtney Harnish in the 1,650 (16:18.54).

The backstroke races went to Maddie Wallis (54.27 in the 100) and Chelsea Britt (1:57.66 in the 200). Veronica Burchill claimed the 100 butterfly in 54.29 and Megan Kingsley won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:55.83. Jordyn Gulle reached the wall in 4:25.25 to take the top spot in the 400 individual medley.

Sammie Burchill, Danielle Della Torre, Kingsley, and Wallis won the 200 medley relay in 1:43.38. The 400 freestyle crown went to Wallis, Scott, Della Torre, and Jordan Stout with a time of 3:24.64.

Aidan Burns won three events to pace the men. He claimed the 200 freestyle in 1:36.73, the 200 backstroke in 1:51.77, and the 400 individual medley in 3:56.11. Gunnar Bentz, Youssef Said and Ian Forlini picked up wins apiece for the Bulldogs. Bentz took the 200 butterfly in 1:42.51 and the 200 individual medley in 1:44.91. Said won the 100 freestyle in 45.36 and the 100 backstroke in 47.63. Forlini went 354.53 on 1-meter and 373.50 on 3-meter to sweep the boards.

Kevin Miller claimed the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:22.54 and  Walker Higgins touched in 9:11.74 to win the 1,000 freestyle. The Bulldogs swept the breaststroke, with Jackson Ford going 55.07 in the 100 and James Guest posting a 1:53.46 in the 200. Powell Brooks won the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.86.

South Carolina shines at invite

South Carolina swimming totaled 11 entries in A-finals and amassed two individual victories from them in the second day of competition at the Virginia Tech “Technotational” on Saturday. The Gamecock women added a win in the 800 free relay and two B-final victories to their collection as well.

Megu Seidenberger touched first in the A-final of the 100 breaststroke with a career-best time of 1:05.33. Freshman Caroline Spence posted a pair of fifth-place A-final showings in the 100 butterfly (56.92) and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.15). The Gamecocks went on to go 1-2 in the B-final of the 100 breaststroke with Elizabeth Mandrgoc (1:07.84) and Allison Wade (1:08.13).

Alabama strong at Auburn invite

The Alabama swimming and diving team nabbed 12 top-five finishes on day two of the Auburn Invitational.

Junior Emma Murray led the Tide with a win in the women’s 100 breaststroke, stopping the clock with a career-best 1:01.29.

Senior Braxton Young clocked a career-best 54.56 in the 100 breaststroke, taking second. Alabama also went 2-3 in the women’s 100 backstroke, when freshman Sezin Eligul and sophomore Lexi Souther, went 54.20 and 54.54, respectively.

Santiago Corredor and Stanley Wu each pitched in an individual event win for Florida, with Corredor taking first in the 400 IM and Wu clinching victory in the 100 breast.

Corredor’s time of 3:48.53 in the 400 IM and Wu’s swim of 53.67 in the 100 breast were B-cut times for both men.

On the women’s side, Jessica Rodriguez recorded the best finish – placing third in the women’s 400 IM with a time 4:25.07.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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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