ATHENS, Georgia – In a hard-fought showdown of the top SEC candidates, the University of Georgia swimming and diving team split its annual meeting against Tennessee at Gabrielsen Natatorium Saturday afternoon.
In the men’s meeting, No. 12 Georgia topped No. 16 Tennessee, 169.5-129.5, for his third straight win in the series. On the women’s side, the No. 12 Bulldogs to sixth-ranked Lady Vols, 163-135, in late comeback for Tennessee.
sophomore Luca screams propelled the Georgia men to four wins, including a sweep of the butterfly events and both relays. In his first action since November 5, sophomore Jake Magahey won the 200 and 500 freestyle, along with a second-place finish in the 1000 freestyle.
Juniors Ian Grum and Zach Hils achieved victories in the 200 backstroke (1:43.58) and 200 IM (1:46.82). Hils also took second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle, while Grum joined teammate Zach Franklin with top-three finishes in the IM to crown the meet. sophomore Tommy Lee Camblong and freshmen Sam Parker each took their first collegiate victories when Camblong took first place in the 1,000 freestyle and Parker led the 100 backstroke.
In the women’s competition, junior Zoie Hartman and sophomore Maxine Parker each racked up a pair of wins, with Hartman going undefeated in the breaststroke events this season. Parker swept the sprint races and took a B-cut in the 50 freestyle with a season-best 22.42. In one of the most exciting races of the day, freshman Briana Roberson earned her first collegiate win, triumphing in the 200 freestyle with a B-cut time of 1:46.91 from lane eight.
fellow freshman Eboni McCarty finished first in the 100 backstroke for the second time this season with a B-cut of 53.27, while senior Dakota Luther ran the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:56.20. McCarty and Luther joined teammates Angharad Evans and Gabi Fa’amausili for a winning 200 medley relay time of 1:39.17.
At the diving well, sophomore Meghan Wenzel took her second win of the season with a season best of 294.75 in the 1-meter, followed by a third-place finish in the 3-meter. Senior Ellie Crump also earned a Zone cut in the 1-meter with a third-place score of 268.65. In the men’s competition, freshmen Nolan Lewis finished third in the 3 meters with a score of 306.68, with fellow rookie Rhett Hopkins placing fourth in the 1-meter at 283.20.
Georgia will stay home this weekend as it hosts Emory on Saturday, January 29 at 11 a.m. in its annual Senior Day matchup. Prior to the meeting, 18 seniors, fifth-year seniors and graduate students will be recognized for their contributions to the program.
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