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UGA Swimming and Diving Teams Split with Florida

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The UGA swimming and diving teams faced SEC rival Florida on Friday afternoon, with the women securing a 162-138 win over the Gators and the men falling 119-179. The Lady Bulldogs improved their record to a 5-0 start, with a 3-0 mark in Southeastern Conference competition. The men now sit at 4-1 overall, holding a 2-1 record in the SEC.
“I’m proud of both teams,” said Georgia coach Jack Bauerle. “We swam really tough throughout the meet. Their effort today was tremendous. You always want to win them both, but it’s nice winning one down here. It is not easy.”
Annie Zhu and Melanie Margalis were both double winners for the Lady Bulldogs. Zhu touched the wall first at 1:02.29 in the 100 breaststroke and2:14.40 in the 200 breaststroke, both of which were NCAA provisional qualifying times. Margalis also posted two B-cut times, finishing at 1:46.92 in the 200 freestyle and 1:57.88 in the 200 individual medley.
Diver Laura Ryan made her 2013-14 debut for Georgia on Friday, placing first on the 1-meter springboard with a score of 307.05. Ryan has been recovering from an off-season knee surgery.
The team of Olivia Smoliga, Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Jessica Graber finished with a winning time of 1:39.80 in the 200 medley relay. In the 400 freestyle relay, Smoliga, Graber, Harrington and Amber McDermott secured a win with a time of 3:22.17.
On the men’s side, Chase Kalisz was a triple winner and Matias Koski posted two victories for the Bulldogs. Kalisz, who has yet to lose a dual-meet race at Georgia, touched in with three B-cut times of 1:43.55 in the 200 butterfly, 1:57.20 in the 200 breaststroke and 1:45.23 in the 200 individual medley. Koski finished first in both the 200 and 500 freestyle races, earning B cuts in both. In the 200 freestyle, Koski put up a time of 1:36.16, the best dual-meet time in that event in Georgia history. Koski also finished with a time of 4:22.50 in the 500 freestyle.
The swimming and diving teams will return to action as they host Emory on Nov. 15. The meet will begin at 5 p.m. in Gabrielsen Natatorium, and admission is free.