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Georgia swimming and diving women beat Tennessee, men’s competition ends in a tie

by ZwemZa on January 21st, 2018
 UGA competes against LSU during the swimming and diving meet at the Ramsey Student Center Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday, January 13, 2018. (Photo/Chamberlain Smith, chamberlainlockett.com)


UGA competes against LSU during the swimming and diving meet at the Ramsey Student Center Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday, January 13, 2018. (Photo/Chamberlain Smith, chamberlainlockett.com)

On senior day at Gabrielson Natatorium, the Georgia women’s swimming and diving team beat Tennessee, while the men’s competition finished in a tie.

The No. 6 Georgia women’s team beat the No. 9 Tennessee women by a wide margin of 169-129 to remain undefeated at 8-0 on the season. The No. 11 Georgia men tied with No. 12 Tennessee, 150-150.

“In general, a great, great effort,” head coach Jack Bauerle said. “That’s a fun day. You don’t really want it to be like that, but when it happens, it’s fun to do. It challenges the kids and makes them step up.”

The men’s event came down to the final two events of the day, the 400-yard individual medley and the 400 freestyle relay. In the 400 IM, the Bulldogs claimed the first three places to take the lead. Senior Jay Litherland, junior James Guest and sophomore Clayton Forde finished first, second and third, respectively.

In the 400 freestyle relay, the Tennessee men took first and second place to end the meet in a 150-150 tie. The tie is the sixth one in Georgia swimming history and only the second during Bauerle’s 35 years coaching at Georgia.

“I think the intensity came at the 200 free early on, and then as the meet kept going, it just got more and more intense,” sophomore Javier Acevedo said. “They would win races, then we would win races. They would get top three, then we would get top three. When it came down to the end, it was crazy to think, if we win these three races, we probably have it on lock, and then the relay came and we didn’t.”

After the seniors were recognized before the meet, Georgia seniors claimed five total wins in their individual races. On the women’s side, Kylie Stewart won both the 100 and 200 backstroke, while Megan Kingsley took first place in the 200 butterfly and Meaghan Raab won the 200 free. On the men’s side, Litherland claimed the victory in the 400 IM.

Stewart said the feeling that her class’s senior meet was finally here was surreal.

“It’s bittersweet, because we’ve been looking forward to this moment for four years now, but once it’s here, you don’t want it to be here,” Stewart said. “We’ve been through so much as a program, and it’s just always great to be a dog.”

Janey Murray

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