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Georgia Sweeps Emory on Senior Day

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Anna Neumeister swims in the women’s 200 yard backstroke event during an NCAA swim meet between the University of Georgia and Emory University on Saturday, January 31, 2015. (Photo by Sean Taylor)
[break] Following a Senior Day ceremony where 17 swimmers and divers were recognized, Georgia swept Emory on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

[break] [break] The No. 1-ranked Lady Bulldogs recorded a 163-127 victory, while the second-ranked Bulldogs posted a 173-115 win. The Lady Bulldogs completed the dual meet portion of the season with an 11-0 record and the 13th undefeated season in school history. They also pushed their home win streak to 94 straight dating back to Nov. 8, 1995. The Bulldogs ended the season with an 8-2 record.
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Courtney Peters leads the pack in the women’s 200 yard butterfly event during an NCAA swim meet between the University of Georgia and Emory University on Saturday, January 31, 2015. (Photo by Sean Taylor)
[break] The Lady Bulldogs’ senior class went 39-2-1 during their careers, while the Bulldog seniors notched a 29-8-1 record.
[break] [break] “The seniors deserve the win,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “It’s always an mixed emotion kind of day. You’re glad they are having their last meet, but you’re also knowing that it’s their last meet. We won’t see them in this pool for a dual meet again, so we will miss them. But we are so proud of our kids. We had a bunch of really great performances today.”
[break] [break] Meaghan Raab paced the Lady Bulldogs as she posted three individual wins. She swept the breaststroke events, taking the 100 in 1:04.83 and the 200 in 2:18.60, and she won the 20 individual medley in 2:00.82.
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Matias Koski swims in the men’s 100 yard butterfly event during an NCAA swim meet between the University of Georgia and Emory University on Saturday, January 31, 2015. (Photo by Sean Taylor
[break] Lauren Harrington, Hali Flickinger and Emily Cameron, Olivia Ball each won twice the Lady Bulldogs. Harrington went 22.74 and 49.56 to take the 50 and 100 freestyle races, respectively. Flickinger took the 1,000 freestyle in 9:47.41 and the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.22. Cameron won the 200 freestyle in 1:50.47 and the 500 freestyle in 4:52.05. Ball swept the 1- and 3-meter springboards with 324.15 and 369.08 points, respectively.
[break] [break] Other winners for the Lady Bulldogs were Courtney Peters in the 200 butterfly (2:02.28), Anna Neumeister in the 200 backstroke (1:58.69), Megan Kingsley in the 100 butterfly (54.62) and Nicole Vernon in the 400 individual medley (4:12.94).
[break] [break] The 200 medley relay of Olivia Smoliga, Raab, Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem touched first in 1:41.95. Maddie Locus, Van Landeghem, Smoliga and Harrington finished first in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:31.40.
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Georgia swimmers cheer on their teammates during an NCAA swim meet between the University of Georgia and Emory University on Saturday, January 31, 2015. (Photo by Sean Taylor)
[break] Matias Koski and Jay Litherland were double winners for the Bulldogs. Koski won the 200 freestyle in 1:38.85 and the 100 butterfly in 48.84, while Litherland took the 200 individual medley in 1:50.24 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:05.16.
[break] [break] Other winners for the Bulldogs were Chris Powell in the 50 freestyle (20.92), Alec Cohen in the 200 freestyle (45.34), Kevin Litherland in the 500 freestyle (4:28.14), Garrett Powell in the 1,000 freestyle (9:17.59), Nicolas Fink in the 100 backstroke (49.09), Pace Clark in the 200 backstroke (1:48.27), Powell Brooks in the 200 butterfly (1:49.80), Derek Onken in the 400 individual medley (3:59.08), Crawford Berry on 1-meter (357.83 points) and Ian Forlini on 3-meter (397.88 points).
[break] [break] The 200 medley relay of Taylor Dale, Chase Kalisz, Clark and Koski won in 1:29.85. Michael Trice, Koski, Fink and Chris Powell touched first in the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:21.29.
[break] [break] Georgia’s next competition will be the SEC Championship Feb. 17-21 at Auburn. The Lady Bulldogs have won five straight conference titles.

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Greg is closing in on 11 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.