Georgia’s Matias Koski came in second in the 200 freestyle and led a record-setting session on Friday in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
After three days of competition at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the Georgia Tech campus, the Bulldogs stand fifth with 162 points. Texas leads with 366, followed by California (271), Florida (255) and North Carolina State (197). Georgia has finished in the Top 10 at the NCAAs seven times in the last eight seasons.
“This was a really good day for us,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “We’re grinding away and our guys put themselves into good positions today. They’ve done an awesome job. We had some really good performances and got critical points from the swimmers and our divers today. It was great to be part of such a great day.”
Koski claimed the silver in the 200 freestyle in 1:31.54, trailing only Texas’ Townley Haas (1:30.46). This week at the NCAAs, Koski twice has lowered his own school record as he led off the 800 freestyle relay in 1:32.31 and added the 1:31.54 in the 200 freestyle finals.
In the 400 individual medley, Jay Litherland came in third in 3:38.47 and Gunnar Bentz placed fourth in 3:38.59.
Pace Clark claimed eighth in the 100 butterfly as he reached the wall in 46.26.
Taylor Dale won the 100 backstroke consolation final for ninth by stopping the clock in 45.13. That eclipsed his previous Georgia mark of 45.42.
Ian Forlini came in 15th on 3-meter springboard with 310.30 points.
The 200 medley relay of Taylor Dale, John Mattern, Pace Clark and Michael Trice skyrocketed to seventh in 1:24.31. The Bulldogs twice broke the school record of 1:24.55 on Friday as they went 1:24.42 in prelims.
The NCAAs will conclude on Saturday with the 200 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the 200 breaststroke, the 200 butterfly, the 1,650 freestyle, platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay.
Streaming for Saturday prelims can be found at AtlantaSwimming.com/Webcast, while ESPN3 will carry the finals. Results can be seen at RamblinWreck.com.
The highlights show from the women’s NCAAs (won by Georgia) will air Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU, followed by the men’s show on Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m.