Saturday’s swimming and diving meet at Gabrielsen Natatorium ended with yet another victory at home for the Georgia women and a rare tie for the Bulldog men.
The No. 6 Lady Bulldogs recorded a 169-129 decision over Tennessee to improve to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC. The Lady Bulldogs are 23-0-1 in conference meets dating back to 2013 and they are 48-1, including 48 in a row, against SEC foes at Gabrielsen Natatorium. They also improved to 109-2 all-time inside their home arena.
On the men’s side, the meet came down to the last event, the 400 freestyle relay, where Tennessee claimed the first two spots and Georgia came in third to wind up deadlocked at 150-150. The tie is just the sixth for the Bulldogs’ program, which began in 1925, and only the second during Jack Bauerle’s 35 years guiding the men.
“We preach it all the time, but that just goes to show how important it is to scratch and claw for every point you can get,” said Bauerle, Georgia’s Tom Cousins Swimming and Diving Head Coach. “It was one of those meets that I’m sure was fun for the fans to watch. It was just back and forth all day. We knew coming in that we would get a hotly contested meet from Tennessee. They pushed us and we pushed them and look how it turned out. Incredible.”
Javier Acevedo won twice for the No. 11 Bulldogs (6-1-1, 1-1-1 SEC) as he claimed the 100 backstroke in 47.59 and the 200 backstroke in 1:45.34.
Jay Litherland went 3:50.38 to win the 400 individual medley. Walker Higgins won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:23.94. Greg Reed took the 1,000 freestyle as he reached the wall in 9:03.12. James Guest won the 200 breaststroke in 1:57.65. Camden Murphy went 1:46.53 to claim the 200 butterfly.
Kylie Stewart and Lexi Glunn were double winners for the Lady Bulldogs. Stewart swept the backstroke races, going 53.29 in the 100 and 1:55.44 in the 200. Swimming in Lane 8 each time, Glunn took both breaststroke events with times of 1:02.18 and 2:14.37.
The Lady Bulldogs won the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle races. Veronica Burchill took the 100 in 49.36, Raab won the 200 in 1:47.28 and Courtney Harnish claimed the 500 in 4:48.99. Megan Kingsley stopped the clock in 1:57.16 to win the 200 butterfly.
The 400 freestyle relay of Burchill, Stewart, Maddie Wallis and Raab won in 3:18.33.
Georgia next will host Emory on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. The SEC Championships will take place Feb. 14-18 in College Station, Texas.