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Georgia women’s swimming and diving finishes in fourth at NCAAs

by ZwemZa on March 20th, 2017
Olivia Smoliga (

Olivia Smoliga (

The Georgia women’s swimming and diving program’s performance on Saturday at the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships was highlighted by the efforts of Olivia Smoliga, again.

The senior broke her own school record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.30, which was good enough to earn her a silver medal.

Smoliga was also runner-up in the 50 freestyle, as well as the 100 backstroke.

The efforts by Smoliga helped Georgia tally 252.5 points, which was good enough for fourth place at the meet. The meet finished Saturday with Stanford taking home the title as Georgia was unable to repeat as champions.

“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to swim for this program,” Smoliga said. ““I’ve had so many doors opened to me by being in Athens. I made sure I soaked in every moment this week because it was my last chance to be on this team with these girls. I’ll never forget these last four years.”

Smoliga was joined by Veronica Burchill, Meagan Raab and Chantal Van Landeghem in another record-breaking performance, a 3:08.97 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Other notable performers included Chelsea Britt, who placed ninth in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall in 1:54.11, as well as Megan Kingsley, who placed 12th in the same event with a time of 1:54.76.

Freshman diver McKensi Austin placed 25th on women’s platform diving for the Bulldogs on Saturday with 233.95 points. Austin was the only Georgia diver to compete in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also finished 29th in prelims on the 3-meter springboard on Friday.

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