ATLANTA — The Georgia swimming and diving teams opened the season on Wednesday with a sweep of Georgia Tech. The women’s team notched a 176-115 decision, while the men’s team took a 161-133 victory.
Allison Schmitt punctuated her return to collegiate swimming by winning two individual races and helping a relay post a victory. Schmitt, who won five medals at the Olympics, took the 100-yard freestyle in 50.85 and the 100 butterfly in 56.79.
Kelsey Gaid won the 200 freestyle in 1:49.96 and the 500 freestyle in 4:55.83.
Other winners for the Lady Bulldogs included Chantal Van Landeghem in the 50 freestyle (23.30), Nicole Vernon in the 1,000 freestyle (10:10.23), Amber McDermott in the 100 backstroke (57.43), Melanie Margalis in the 200 backstroke (2:01.82), Megan Molnar in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.52), Annie Zhu in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.20), Courtney Peters in the 200 butterfly (2:04.47) and Meghan Faulkner in the 200 individual medley (2:06.07).
The Lady Bulldogs opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay. The team of Van Landeghem, Mangimelli, Shannon Vreeland and Megan Romano finished in 1:45.93. The 400 freestyle relay of Vreeland, Jessica Graber, Hali Flickinger and Schmitt had the meet’s best time of 3:26.36.
Will Freeman and Nic Fink each notched two victories for the Bulldogs. Freeman won the 500 freestyle in 4:31.07 and the 1,000 freestyle in 9:19.36. Fink swept the breaststroke races, taking the 100 in 55.22 and the 200 in 2:03.93.
The Bulldogs also got wins from Jameson Hill in the 200 freestyle (1:39.91), Tynan Stewart in the 200 individual medley (1:50.44) and Jared Markham in the 200 backstroke (1:51.11).
The 400 freestyle relay of Hill, Matias Koski, Doug Reynolds and Matt Ellis came in first with a time of 3:02.27.
Bauerle extended his winning streak against the Yellow Jackets to 28-0 all-time (18-0 coaching the women, 7-0 coaching the men and 3-0 as a Georgia swimmer).