S&D: UGA Hosts FSU, Tech at Georgia Invitational

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S&D: UGA Hosts FSU, Tech at Georgia Invitational

During a swimming and diving meet between Georgia and Auburn at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., on Fri., Nov. 6, 2020. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)
During a swimming and diving meet between Georgia and Auburn at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., on Fri., Nov. 6, 2020. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)

 Following an impressive run of dual meet victories, the University of Georgia swimming and diving team closes its fall season with the return of the Georgia Invitational, running Wednesday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 20 at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Georgia will be joined by ACC opponents Florida State and Georgia Tech over the three-day event. On Wednesday and Thursday, swimming prelims will start at 9:30 a.m., followed by diving prelims at noon and finals at 5 p.m. Friday’s schedule begins with swimming prelims at 9:30 a.m., followed by finals at 3 p.m.

Due to social distancing measures involving the student-athletes, there will be no spectators allowed inside the natatorium for the meet. However, live coverage of all sessions will be available on SEC Network+. Additionally, live results will also be available on GeorgiaDogs.com and to subscribers on the MeetMobile app. Fans can check for live updates on Twitter at @UGASwimDive.

In their last outing against Auburn on Nov. 6, the No. 4 Bulldog women and No. 8 men improved to 3-0 this season with decisive victories over SEC rival Auburn. In the women’s meet, junior Callie Dickinson turned in a career day with three victories, while seniors Courtney Harnish and Danielle Della Torre each earned two wins. At the diving well, freshman Meghan Wenzel notched her first collegiate win on the 1-meter springboard.

For the men, senior Greg Reed swept the distance events, while sophomores Dillon Downing and Zach Hils and freshman Jake Magahey also earned freestyle wins. Elsewhere, senior Javier Acevedo remained unbeaten in backstroke events with a win in the 100 backstroke, sophomore Ian Grum took first in the 200 backstroke, and senior Camden Murphy won the 100 butterfly. In diving action, senior Zach Allen earned his third-consecutive win on the 1-meter.

Entering the Invitational, Georgia swimmers rank highly among the nation’s best, holding 42 top-20 spots in 15 different events. Della Torre is second nationally in the 200 breaststroke with sophomore teammate Zoie Hartman placing fifth in the 100 breaststroke. Magahey sits third in the nation in the 1,000 freestyle, followed by Reed in fourth in the event, while Acevedo is ranked in the top 10 in both backstroke events.

Florida State and Georgia Tech faced off in a dual meet on Nov. 6 in Tallahassee, Florida, with both teams splitting wins. In the men’s meet, No. 18 Florida State topped Tech, 152-147, while the Yellow Jackets took the women’s meet in a 176-124 result. The Seminoles were also in action last Saturday against TCU, sweeping both meets by convincing margins. At last season’s ACC Championships, Florida State placed fifth in the men’s competition and seventh in the women’s, while Georgia Tech took ninth in both meets.

Results Link: https://www.sidearmstats.com/ugeorgia/swimming/

SEC Network+ Streaming Links 

Wednesday Prelims (9:30 a.m.): https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/3a0ef190-0fcb-483f-ad4f-41bed2c1aac2#bucketId=2

Wednesday Diving (12 p.m.): https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/8cfcccf8-8aa0-409c-bfcc-5bc0c1902cbd#bucketId=2

Wednesday Finals (5 p.m.): https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/dfc36a35-5624-4b37-baf0-ec727fa093ad#bucketId=2

Thursday Prelims (9:30 a.m.): https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/3eda6363-8a95-415e-b914-da4dda1d746f#bucketId=3

Thursday Diving (12 p.m.): https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/8ce0ff4b-fdda-4bb8-acd6-b48b00e06ba4#bucketId=3

Thursday Finals (5 p.m.): https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/f2aeb388-02a0-4849-b418-1abf9d5231bb#bucketId=3

Friday Prelims (9:30 a.m.): https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/86a30b2e-d045-42db-9278-b4ffd96b7f7f#bucketId=4

Friday Finals (3 p.m.): https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/109b2d90-4f50-4e7a-96aa-e240c735caa3#bucketId=4

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