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Stephanie Peters - Georgia swim team (Photo by Steven Colquitt/Georgia Sports Communications)
Stephanie Peters – Georgia swim team
(Photo by Steven Colquitt/Georgia Sports Communications)

Georgia’s swimming and diving teams concluded the Southeastern Conference portion of their schedule on Saturday with a pair of wins against Tennessee in the Allen Jones Aquatic Center.


The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs (7-1, 4-0) beat the No. 15 Lady Volunteers 178-122, while the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 3-0) posted a 172-128 win against the No. 20 Volunteers. The Georgia women are undefeated in their last 21 conference meets with a 20-0-1 mark dating back to 2013.


“Job well done today,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “We were tougher, we didn’t make any silly mistakes and we swam a good meet. Tennessee is a great program with a great coach and we have a lot of respect for them, so it was really great for us to come up here and get a pair of wins.”


Stephanie Peters, Chantal Van Landeghem and Meaghan Raab led the Lady Bulldogs by combining to sweep the freestyle events and earning two individual wins a piece.


Peters took both the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing in 4:50.55 and 9:52.21, respectively, while Van Landeghem was the first the reach the wall in both the 50- (22.62) and 100-yard freestyle (49.36). Raab finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.88) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:13.88).


Other individual winners for the Lady Bulldogs included Kylie Stewart in the 100-yard backstroke (53.51), Megan Kinsley in the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.67), and Olivia Ball on the 1-meter springboard (286.80).


Olivia Smoliga, Veronica Burchill, Raab and Van Landeghem combined for a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay, stopping the clock in 3:19.88.


On the men’s side, Chase Kalisz won both breaststroke events and the 200-yard individual medley, finishing the 100- in 53.37, the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:57.35 and the 200-yard individual medley in 1:46.71.


Pace Clark followed suit by sweeping the butterfly events, winning the 100- in 47.75 and the 200-yard butterfly in 1:45.17.


Jay Litherland won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:36.26, Taylor Dale took first in the 100-yard backstroke in 47.42, and Javier Acevedo claimed the 200-yard backstroke in 1:45.98.


Dale, Gunnar Bentz, Clark and Acevedo reached the wall in 2:58.24 to win the 400-yard freestyle relay.


Georgia will conclude the regular season Saturday, Jan. 28, at Gabrielsen Natatorium against Emory. Georgia’s seniors will be recognized in a pre-meet ceremony.





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