Georgia swimmer Chase Kalisz garnered Southeastern Conference Male Freshman of the Week.
Kalisz, a native of Bel Air, Md., won three events in the Bulldogs’ meet with Texas on Saturday. He took the 400 individual medley title with a time of 3:49.83, he claimed the 200 butterfly in 1:47.85 and he won the 200 breaststroke in 1:59.29.
In two meets since joining the Bulldogs in December, Kalisz is 6-for-6 in his individual events. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week Jan. 8 after posting victories in the 200 butterfly, the 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley in a sweep of North Carolina State and Savannah College of Art & Design.
Kalisz and the Bulldogs will return to action Jan. 26 at Tennessee.
Georgia splits dual meet with Texas
The Georgia swimming and diving teams split their dual meet against Texas on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs knocked off No. 5 Texas 143-100, while the No. 4 Longhorns held off the 12th-ranked Bulldogs 132-109. The Lady Bulldogs finished the dual meet portion of the season 8-0 and extended their school-record win streak at Gabrielsen Natatorium to 82. The Bulldogs capped the dual meet schedule at 5-2.
“What a meet that was,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. “I am so proud of the way our kids competed today. The energy in the building was as good as I’ve ever seen for a dual meet, and that’s because of the level of competition and the way the fans were into it. This was a lot of fun. This is one that we will all remember for awhile. I’m happy that the streak will continue for another year. It’s something that we’re proud of and something that we never take for granted.”
Allison Schmitt took the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.16, Shannon Vreeland won the 500 freestyle in 4:48.57 to lead a 1-2-3 finish by the Lady Bulldogs, and Amber McDermott claimed the 1,000 freestyle in 9:47.54. Hali Flickinger won the 200 butterfly as she touched in 1:59.32, while Melanie Margalis led a 1-2-3 finish in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:15.09. Laura Ryan’s 350.94 points gave her the title in the 3-meter springboard.
The Bulldogs have two dual meets remaining — at Tennessee on Jan. 26 and at Alabama on Feb. 2 against the Crimson Tide and South Carolina — before the SEC championships at Texas A&M in College Station.