Chase Kalisz returned from suspension to win three events for Georgia en route to a win over Tennessee on Saturday.
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Chase Kalisz watches from the side of the pool during a swim meet between Georgia in NC State at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., Sat. Jan. 4, 2014. Kalisz was suspended for the meet pending the completion of an academic eligibility review.
The sophomore, who was held out of competition the three previous meets during an academic eligibility review but was cleared a week ago, won 200 butterfly (1 minutes, 46.13 seconds), the 200 breaststroke (1:58.87) and the 400 individual medley (3:49.65) in the No. 12 Bulldogs 161.5-135.5 win.
The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs ousted the No. 15 Lady Volunteers 177.5-114.5.
“I think everybody did their job, and that’s what we’re all about,” said senior associate head coach Harvey Humphries, who has been leading both squads during meets in place of the suspended Jack Bauerle. “Every one of these meets is an opportunity to do better. I think we did that today.”
Brittany MacLean pulled Georgia to an early lead by posting winning times in back-to-back events. MacLean finished with a time of 9:36.85 in the 1,000 freestyle.
She turned around to swim the 200 freestyle, touching in at 1:46.93. Melanie Margalis was also a double winner for the Lady Bulldogs. She finished with a time of 59.82 in the 100 breaststroke and 1:55.56 in the 200 backstroke.
Other winners for the Lady Bulldogs were Olivia Smoliga, Hali Flickinger, Maddie Locus, Shannon Vreeland, Amber McDermott, Lauren Harrington and Nicole Vernon. Smoliga went 54.13 to win the 100 backstroke. Flickinger claimed the 200 butterfly as she stopped the clock at 1:58.51.
Locus touched in at 22.67 to take the 50 freestyle, and Vreeland posted a time of 50.04 in the 100 freestyle. McDermott went 4:46.56 to finish first in the 500 freestyle.
Harrington touched in at 53.80 to take the 100 butterfly. In the 400 individual medley, Vernon claimed the victory with her time of 4:12.98.
The 200 medley relay team of Smoliga, Margalis, Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem placed first at 1:38.39.
Vreeland, Margalis, Locus and Smoliga touched the wall at 3:21.47 to finish first in the 400 freestyle relay.
Ann-Perry Blank took the women’s 3-meter diving with a score of 342.38. Laura Ryan posted the highest score of 323.25 on the 1-meter springboard.
The Lady Bulldogs (9-0-1, 4-0-1 SEC) extended their home win streak to 88 consecutive dual-meet victories.
Matias Koski claimed two wins for the Bulldogs (8-2, 4-1 SEC). Koski took the 200 and 500 freestyle with times of 1:38.54 and 4:29.17, respectively.
Andrew Gemmell claimed the 1,000 free, stopping the clock at 9:10.69. Nicolas Fink won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.59.
In the 100 butterfly, Pace Clark went 48.54 to finish first.
The relay team of Taylor Dale, Fink, Doug Reynolds and Michael Trice’s time of 1:28.09 was enough to edge out Tennessee and win the 200 medley relay.
Georgia hosts Alabama at 11 a.m. on Feb. 1.