Three UGA swimmers honored by SEC

ATHENS — Melanie Margalis, Annie Zhu and Matias Koski of the Georgia swimming teams earned Southeastern Conference honors on Tuesday.

Margalis was chosen as the SEC Co-Female Swimmer of the Week, Zhu was named the SEC Female Freshman of the Week and Koski was picked as the SEC Male Freshman of the Week. Koski has been chosen as the SEC Male Freshman of the Week three times this season, while Margalis twice has been picked as the SEC Female Swimmer of the Week.

Margalis, Zhu and Koski were recognized for their efforts in the Georgia Fall Invitational that was held Friday through Sunday.

Margalis, a junior from Clearwater, Fla., had a hand in five NCAA automatic qualifying times (four individual, one relay) and she broke a school record at the invitational. Margalis won the 100-yard breaststroke with an A-cut time of 59.34, which is the third-fastest time in school history. She came in second in the 400 individual medley with an A-cut time of 4:05.25 to break the school record of 4:05.31.

Zhu, a native of The Bronx, New York, posted an A cut and broke a longstanding school record at the meet. She came in second in the 200 breaststroke with an A-cut time of 2:07.62, eclipsing the school record of 2:07.66 set by Kristy Kowal in 1999.

Koski, from Duluth, had four wins and was a part of two A cuts during the weekend. He took the 200 freestyle in 1:35.25, the third-fastest effort in Georgia annals. Koski won the 500 freestyle with an A-cut time of 4:15.55, which is fifth-best in school history.

Georgia’s teams will return to action in 2013 when the divers head to the Tennessee Invitational Jan. 3-5 and the swimmers face Savannah College of Art & Design and North Carolina State in Savannah on Jan. 5.

—Staff reports

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