In Georgia‚Äôs final dual meet of the season, the swimming and diving teams swept Alabama and honored the 11 seniors on Saturday.
The No. 12 Bulldogs (9-2, 5-1 SEC) defeated the Crimson Tide 164.5-116.5, and the No. 2 Lady Bulldogs (10-0-1, 5-0-1 SEC) topped the No. 23 Alabama women 181-102.
With this win, the Lady Bulldogs accomplished their third 10-win season in the last four years. They also extended their Georgia all-sports home win streak to 89 consecutive dual meet victories in Gabrielsen Natatorium. The record dates back to 1996.
Seniors Ann-Perry Blank, Jessica Graber, Ansley Long, Melanie Margalis, Laura Ryan, Shannon Vreeland, Will Freeman, Andrew Gemmell, Jameson Hill, Doug Reynolds and Christian Riess were recognized at the start of the meet for their accomplishments in and out of the pool.
Chase Kalisz was a double winner for the Bulldogs. He won the 200 butterfly and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:46.00 and 1:57.23, respectively.
The Bulldogs claimed the winning points in the first six events of the day. Taylor Dale, Nicolas Fink, Pace Clark and Michael Trice took the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.21. In the longest event of the meet, Gemmell finished at 9:09.30 in the 1,000 freestyle. Conor Sweeney clocked in at 1:38.70 in the 200 freestyle. Dale claimed the 100 backstroke with his time of 47.68. Fink finished first with a 55.88 in the 100 breaststroke. Kalisz‚Äôs victory in the 200 butterfly was the final piece in the Bulldogs‚Äô opening run.
Margalis was the only double winner for the Lady Bulldogs. She swam in the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:00.76 and 2:13.99, respectively.
Brittany MacLean won the 1,000 freestyle in 9:53.81. Amber McDermott took the 200 freestyle with her time of 1:49.93. Kimberlee John-Williams touched the wall first at 55.14 in the 100 backstroke. Nicole Vernon swam to a winning time of 1:59.97 in the 200 butterfly. Lauren Harrington won the 50 freestyle at 23.29. Vreeland took the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.07. Anna Neumeister touched the wall first at 1:59.16 in the 200 backstroke. Hali Flickenger had a first-place time of 4:52.51. In the 200 yard individual medley, Emily Cameron stopped the clock first at 2:00.19. Laura Ryan won the 3-meter diving with a score of 360.30.
In the 200 medley relay, the team of Olivia Smoliga, Margalis, Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem touched in first at 1:40.71. The Lady Bulldogs also finished the meet with a winning time of 3:23.84 in the 400 freestyle relay by the team of Vreeland, Van Landeghem, Margalis and Smoliga.
The Bulldogs host the 2014 SEC championships Feb. 18-22.
No. 4 Georgia storms past No. 13 Clemson
The Georgia women‚Äôs tennis team remained undefeated Saturday, beating No. 13 Clemson 7-0.
The Bulldogs won the doubles point with wins won courts one and three. The No. 5 duo of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase were first off the court with a 6-3 win over Clemson‚Äôs Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies. Georgia‚Äôs pair of Caroline Brinson and Lilly Kimbell won the match‚Äôs final three games to beat Joana Eidukonyte and Romy Koelzer, 6-4. Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia led 5-1 when their match was suspended.
In singles, No. 4 Herring overwhelmed No. 74 Koroleva, 6-1, 6-2 to put the Bulldogs up 2-0. A short time later, No. 33 Kimbell came from behind to win 1-6 , 6-2, 1-0 (10-3). Georgia clinched the match when No. 10 Garcia controlled No. 51 Romy Koelzer in a 6-3, 6-3 win.
With the match outcome decided, Mia King raced to a 6-2, 6-2 win against Jessy Rompies and Fuller rolled to a 6-2, 7-5 win over Ani Maio.
Georgia will travel to Charlottesville, Va. for the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championships set to begin Feb. 7.
Bulldogs fall to No. 4 USC
The third-ranked Georgia men‚Äôs tennis team suffered a 4-0 loss to No. 4 Southern California in the Bulldogs‚Äô first match of the inaugural SEC/Pac-12 Showdown on Saturday in Los Angeles.
USC (3-0) claimed the doubles point and never surrendered control.
The Trojans went on to win five of six first sets in singles, before taking a 2-0 lead with a 6-5(0), 6-1 win for No. 32 Hanfmann over No. 21 Pasha at No. 2. It moved to a 3-0 lead as 67th-ranked Johnny Wang posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Pieters at No. 5, and the clinch came at No. 1 as No. 10 Sarmiento beat No. 12 Austin Smith, 6-4, 6-4.
The Bulldogs were in good shape in two of the suspended matches, as Brasseaux was one game away from giving Georgia its first point at No. 4, and Wagland was up a break looking to force a third set at No. 3.
Georgia plays second-ranked UCLA (4-0) at 1 p.m. today. The defending national runner-up Bruins defeated Florida today.