SWIMMING and DIVING: Bulldogs Top Northwestern, Go To 4-0

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SWIMMING and DIVING: Bulldogs Top Northwestern, Go To 4-0

Javier Acevedo  - UGA Men's Swimming and Diving Team -  (Photo by Steven Colquitt / Georgia Sports Communication)
Javier Acevedo
– UGA Men’s Swimming and Diving Team –
(Photo by Steven Colquitt / Georgia Sports Communication)

The Georgia swimming and diving teams each improved to 4-0 on Friday as they swept Northwestern at the Norris Aquatics Center in Evanston, Illinois.

The No. 8 Bulldogs recorded a 174-109 victory, while the No. 4 Lady Bulldogs picked up a 167-125 decision. Georgia’s squads also won at Wisconsin on Thursday.
“We got all out of the two road meets that we wanted,” said Jack Bauerle, Georgia’s Tom Cousins Head Swimming and Diving Coach. “We had back-to-back good days of racing. We were solid and we were consistent, and that’s what you look for. It was a job well done getting a couple of wins and now we’ll get back to work.”
Javier Acevedo won three individual events to lead the Bulldogs on Friday. He claimed the 50 freestyle in 20.42, the 200 backstroke in 1:46.09 and the 200 individual medley in 1:50.85.
Charlie Clifton, James Guest, Jay Litherland and Camden Murphy each picked up two individual victories. Clifton swept the 1- and 3-meter springboards with 311.40 and 375.75 points, respectively. Guest won the 100 and 200 breaststroke races in 55.58 and 2:00.60. Litherland’s times of 45.55 and 1:39.30 were good enough to take the 100 and 200 freestyle events. Murphy swept the 100 and 200 butterfly races with times of 48.19 and 1:47.11.
Georgia’s other individual wins came from Kevin Litherland (500 freestyle, 4:27.56), Greg Reed (1,000 freestyle, 9:10.60) and Clayton Forde (100 backstroke, 50.34).
The 200 medley relay of Acevedo, Guest, Murphy and Jay Litherland won in 1:30.71, while the 400 freestyle relay of Josh Horne, MIck Litherland, Kevin Litherland and Jay Litherland touched first in 3:02.41.
Courtney Harnish won two individual events to pace the Lady Bulldogs. She took the 1,000 freestyle in 9:53.29 and the 200 backstroke in 1:59.10.
Stephanie Peters reached the wall in 1:48.63 to win the 200 freestyle. Meryn McCann went 4:51.13 to take the 500 freestyle. Maddie Wallis won the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.64. Georgia swept the butterfly events, with Veronica Burchill winning the 100 in 54.73 and Megan Kingsley taking the 200 in 1:58.31. Kylie Stewart stopped the clock in 2:01.79 in winning the 200 individual medley. Olivia Ball topped the 3-meter springboard with 316.65 points.
The 200 medley relay of Stewart, Caitlin Casazza, Kingsley and Burchill won with a time of 1:41.58, while the 400 freestyle relay of Burchill, Kingsley, Harnish and Casazza took first in 3:28.52.
CLICK HERE for the full results from Georgia’s swimming and diving meet versus Northwestern.
Georgia will return to action next week at Florida. The 1-meter diving competition will take place Thursday at 6 p.m., followed by swimming and 3-meter springboard Friday at 10 a.m.

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