Koski, Kalisz pace Bulldogs at NCAAs

Freshmen Matias Koski and Chase Kalisz paced the Georgia men on Thursday in the NCAA swimming and diving championships at the Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.

The Bulldogs ended the first day of competition in 10th place with 34 points.

Koski recorded a time of 4:13.59 in the 500-yard freestyle to come in fourth. That is the fourth-best time in Georgia history. Koski, a freshman from Duluth, represented Finland in the 2012 Olympics, competing in the 200-, 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle.

Kalisz touched in 1:43.26 to take second in the consolation final and 10th overall in the 200-yard individual medley. Kalisz, a native of Bel Air, Md., was chosen as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year after winning two events at the conference championship meet. During the SECs, he set the school records in the 200 and 400 individual medley.

The 400-yard medley relay team of Ty Stewart, Nic Fink, Doug Reynolds and Matt Ellis placed 11th with a time of 3:08.98 — which is the second-fastest effort in Georgia annals.

“We had a lot of good and a couple of almosts,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. “Hat’s off to Matias for knocking it out and getting fourth and Chase did a heck of a job to get second in his heat. Our freshmen have stood up and done the job so far.”

The NCAA championships will continue today with the 200 freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke, the 400-yard individual medley, the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays, and 3-meter diving.

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