SWIMMING and DIVING: Bulldogs Sweep Tarheels

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SWIMMING and DIVING: Bulldogs Sweep Tarheels

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

The Georgia swimming and diving teams recorded victories over North Carolina on Friday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The No. 8-ranked Bulldogs posted a 187-113 win, while the No. 4 Lady Bulldogs took a 180-120 decision over the No. 22 Tar Heels. Both Georgia teams improved to 2-0 on the season.
“I was very pleased with the day,” said Jack Bauerle, Georgia’s Tom Cousins Head Swimming and Diving Coach. “We trained hard all week, and I think it showed in the meet. We raced hard and we finished well. North Carolina always brings out the best in us. It’s always a good, honest meet against them.”
Jay Litherland was a triple winner for the Bulldogs. He won the 200 freestyle in 1:37.23, the 200 backstroke in 1:46.29 and the 400 individual medley in 3:51.46.
Javier Acevedo and James Guest each won twice. Acevedo’s time of 47.67 paced the field in the 100 backstroke. He then added a win in the 100 freestyle as he went 44.86. Guest swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 in 55.07 and the 200 in 1:59.42.
Also for the Bulldogs, Powell Brooks won the 200 butterfly in 1:47.77, Walker Higgins claimed the 500 freestyle as he stopped the clock in 4:25.01, and Greg Reed took the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:06.76.
The Bulldogs opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay as the quartet of Acevedo, Guest, Camden Murphy and Litherland reached the wall in 1:29.28.
Murphy, Kevin Litherland, Higgins, and Acevedo won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:02.33.
Courtney Harnish, Megan Kingsley and Kylie Stewart each won twice for the Lady Bulldogs. Harnish won the 200 freestyle as she touched in 1:47.71 and the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:46.36. Stewart won the 100 backstroke in 52.48 and the 200 backstroke in 1:56.20. Kingsley swept the butterfly races, winning the 100 in 53.89 and the 200 in 1:57.31.
In other wins for Georgia, Stephanie Peters claimed the 1,000 freestyle in 9:53.25 and Meaghan Raab took the 400 individual medley in 4:17.12.
The 400 freestyle relay of Veronica Burchill, Stewart, Harnish and Raab placed first in 3:21.52.
Georgia’s squads will return to action Thursday, Oct. 19, at Wisconsin. The next home meet will be against Georgia Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

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