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Georgia swimming and diving finishes third in the Georgia Fall Invitational

by ZwemZa on December 3rd, 2018

Georgia swimmer Veronica Burchill competes against Georgia Tech in the Gabrielsen Natatorium, in Athens, Georgia, on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Georgia had a victory over Georgia Tech with the women’s team posting a 179-121 decision and the men’s team picking up a 182-113 decision. (Photo/Jane Snyder, www.janemarysnyder.com)

Following the conclusion of the Georgia Fall Invitational, the Georgia swimming and diving’s women’s team finished second while the men finished third. The Georgia women fell to Michigan who won with 944 points. The Lady Bulldogs had 835 points. The Bulldog men finished third with 795.5 points. Beating out the men were California in first and Michigan in second.

“We did a good job,” head coach Jack Bauerle said. “It’s a tough meet because we bring good people here, but that prepares us for down the road.”

Both the coaches and athletes felt this meet wasn’t about winning or placing. For them, it was about seeing where the team is at, tracking individual progress, and gearing up for the rest of the season.

“We didn’t know what kind of season this was going to be starting out, but we are better than we were,” Bauerle said. “This meet made us a better team.”

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Junior Javier Acevedo returned to the pool this weekend for the first time since a foot injury. In the final day of the meet, he placed second in the 200-yard backstroke, recording the second fastest time in Georgia history. The only time faster than the one he earned yesterday is his own. He now holds the record for both the first and second fastest times in school history.

“It feels really good to get that close to my personal best. I did not expect anywhere near that today,” Acevedo said. “I have been putting in the work, and coming off injury, that feels really good.”

Freshman Dakota Luther had a notable weekend as well. On the final day of the meet, she finished first in the 200-yard butterfly, inserting herself into Georgia record books with the fifth best time in school history. She also was a part of the women’s relay that made the A-Cut on night two of the meet. This cut secured the relay a spot in the NCAA tournament.

“I was really surprised with my swim,” Luther said. “The rest of my meet was kind of hard, but it was nice to go out on a good note and score some points for the team.”

Bauerle called Veronica Burchill the “player of the game.” The junior earned a third-place spot in the 100-yard freestyle. She set a new personal record in the event at 47.37. This left her tied for the fifth best time in Georgia history. More than her performance in the pool, coaches and teammates praise Burchill for her role as a leader on the team. She feels that stepping into this leadership role was easy for her, as past teammates and leaders paved the way for her to do so.

“I just started being the best teammate I could possibly be, and I think being a great teammate is essential to being a great leader,” Burchill said.

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