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S/D: Georgia continued competition Friday at the 2024 United States Olympic Swimming Trials

Rachel Stege >>> Photo: Tony Walsh/UGAAA

 The University of Georgia swimming team continued competition Friday at the 2024 United States Olympic Swimming Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Diving Trials at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.





Fast Facts

  • Rising senior Rachel Stege advanced to her second finals of Trials with a sixth-place time of 8:32.38 in the women’s 800-meter freestyle. Stege will compete for her first Olympics berth in Saturday evening’s final. Elsewhere in prelims, fellow rising senior Abby McCulloh placed 10th with a time of 8:36.23, followed by rising graduate Sloane Reinstein in 30th at 8:47.66 and recent graduate Jillian Barczyk in 40th at 8:57.78.
  • Bulldog alum Chase Kalisz finished fourth in the men’s 200m IM with a time of 1:57.17. Kalisz is slated to make his third Olympic roster in the 400m IM, with the official confirmation coming this weekend.
  • Recent graduate Zoie Hartman placed 16th in the women’s 200m IM semifinals with a time of 2:16.00, following a ninth-place mark of 2:14.10 in prelims. Fellow graduate Callie Dickinson finished 37th with a time of 2:18.49.
  • Recent graduate Meghan Wenzel nearly reached the women’s platform final at the Diving Trials. Wenzel placed 13th overall with a score of 230.30 after posting a 17th-place mark of 224.10 in prelims. Incoming junior transfer Renato Calderaro finished 35th in the men’s 3m prelims at 266.90.

Up Next

The U.S. Olympic Trials continue Saturday with the final morning session of the meet, featuring the women’s 50m freestyle and men’s 1,500m freestyle. Prelims stream at 11 a.m. on Peacock, followed by semifinals and finals at 8 p.m. on NBC.





Camp Sunshine retro photos

Back-in-the-day media were invited to tag along with the team during it’s two visits to Camp Sunshine each summer. Covid changed our lives in many subtle ways, but it is great that UGA has been able to resume these inspirational visits:

Watch a fullscreen slideshow HERE.

Watch a fullscreen slideshow HERE.

Watch a fullscreen slideshow HERE.

Watch a fullscreen slideshow HERE.

Charlie Condon and Corey Collins have been named All-Americans by Baseball America

University of Georgia standouts Charlie Condon and Corey Collins have been named All-Americans by Baseball America, the publication announced Friday.

Condon, who also was named Baseball America’s College Player of the Year, made the First Team as a third baseman while Collins was a Second Team selection as a first baseman. The duo helped the eighth-ranked Bulldogs to a 43-17 finish and one win away from reaching the College World Series (CWS) in Wes Johnson’s first year at the helm.

A 6-6, 216-pound redshirt sophomore from Marietta, Ga., Condon currently leads the NCAA in batting (.443), home runs (a BBCOR-era record 37), slugging percentage (1.009), total bases (233) and OPS (1.565). The 2024 SEC Player of the Year, he ranked third nationally in on-base percentage (.566; Collins leads at .574) while posting a team-high 57 walks, including 28 intentional free passes. He had seven multi-home run games and homered in eight consecutive contests from April 26-May 9, one shy of the NCAA record. He made starts at third base, first base and all three outfield positions.

Condon will be featured on the cover of Baseball America’s draft preview issue released later this month. He is expected to be among the top three picks in the 2024 MLB Draft with selected outlets indicating he could go No. 1 overall. A consensus All-America selection, Condon was awarded the Dick Howser Trophy, widely considered the Heisman Trophy of college baseball, last week in Omaha during the opening round of the CWS.

Condon is one of three finalists for The Golden Spikes Award. The winner will be announced Saturday during a live presentation on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET before game one of the CWS Finals in Omaha.

Collins, a 6-3, 236-pound first baseman/outfielder/catcher from Suwanee, Ga., enjoyed a tremendous senior season, batting a career-best .354 with 20 home runs, 58 RBI, 56 walks and a school record 28 hit by pitches. He is aiming to become the first SEC player to lead the nation in On Base Percentage with a .574 mark. This would be the third highest mark in NCAA history. He appeared in 52 games this past season with 46 starts at five different positions.

Collins was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Athens Regional as well as the regional All-Tournament team. Earlier this season, he tied a school record when he hit three home runs in a game, doing it in his first three at bats including leading off the game. Collins concluded his career with 45 home runs and that ranks tied for fourth in school history. He played in 195 games including 184 starts.

The 2024 MLB Draft will be held July 14-16 in Fort Worth, Texas when the Rangers host MLB All-Star Week. The opening round of the draft will start at 5 p.m. on July 14 on ESPN. Day two and three of the draft will begin at noon ET. The top five picks belong to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Colorado, Oakland and the Chicago White Sox.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.

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