The Georgia swimming and diving teams swept Southeastern Conference opponent LSU on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The No. 6 Lady Bulldogs picked up a 186-108 decision to improve to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. Georgia’s women are undefeated in their last 23 conference meets with a 22-0-1 mark dating back to 2013. The 11th-ranked Bulldogs posted a 170-122 victory to move to 6-1 and 1-1.
“It was a good day across the board,” said Jack Bauerle, Georgia’s Tom Cousins Swimming and Diving Head Coach. “Everyone raced hard and I was pleased with the efforts. Nothing spectacular, but all in all, I was really pleased with things today. We definitely can build off of this as we head toward our championships.”
Javier Acevedo and Greg Reed were double winners for the Bulldogs. Acevedo swept the backstroke races in 48.03 and 1:45.49, while Reed had the top time of 4:26.01 in the 500 freestyle and he took the 1,000 freestyle in 9:04.48.
Fifteen-time All-American and 2016 Olympian Gunnar Bentz made a successful return from September shoulder surgery by winning the 100 butterfly in 48.10. Camden Murphy was victorious in the 100 freestyle as he touched in 45.28, while Walker Higgins took the 200 freestyle in 1:38.18. The Bulldogs swept the breaststroke races with James Guest in the 100 (54.29) and Basil Orr in the 200 (2:00.73). Mick Litherland won the 200 butterfly in 1:48.92 and Jay Litherland claimed the 200 individual medley in 1:48.75.
Acevedo, Guest, Murphy and Alex BeMiller won the 200 medley relay with an effort of 1:28.25. The 400 freestyle relay top time was posted by BeMiller, Acevedo, Bentz and Murphy in 3:00.35.
Megan Kingsley won twice to pace the Lady Bulldogs. She touched the wall in 1:57.88 in the 200 butterfly and had the fastest time of 2:02.29 in the 200 individual medley.
Georgia swept the freestyle events as Gabi Fa’amausili won the 50 (22.97), Meaghan Raab took the 100 (50.06), Veronica Burchill claimed the 200 (1:47.98), Jordan Stout won the 500 (4:51.71), and Courtney Harnish took the 1,000 (9:48.86).
Both backstroke races went to the Lady Bulldogs as Kylie Stewart won the 100 in 53.14 and Meryn McCann won the 200 in 1:58.99. Chelsea Britt claimed the 100 butterfly in 53.82 and Danielle Della Torre took the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.32.
The Lady Bulldogs opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Stewart, Della Torre, Britt and Burchill reached the wall in 1:41.58. In the 400 freestyle relay, Fa’amausili, Stewart, Harnish and Raab had the top time of 3:23.59.
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Georgia will entertain Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 20, at noon. The seniors will be recognized in a pre-meet ceremony. The meet will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus.