UGA swim teams rack up five victories at SEC championships

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Georgia won five events — three by the women and two by the men — on the second day of the Southeastern Conference Championships on Wednesday at Texas A&M.

The Lady Bulldogs moved into first place in the team race on the strength of wins by Melanie Margalis, Chantal Van Landeghem and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Georgia, which has won the last three SEC titles, has 500 points, while second-place Texas A&M has 464.

On the men’s side, Matias Koski and Chase Kalisz notched victories for the Bulldogs. Georgia now has 372 points and is in third place. Auburn has the lead with 417 points.

Margalis claimed the women’s 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:54.55, which set SEC and Georgia records. Morgan Scroggy held the previous marks of 1:54.58 set in 2011.

Van Landeghem and Tennessee’s Faith Johnson touched the wall in an identical 21.90 in the women’s 50-yard freestyle. Van Landeghem’s time is the fourth-best in school history.

The 200-yard freestyle relay of Maddie Locus, Van Landeghem, Allison Schmitt and Megan Romano went 1:26.89 to win. That eclipsed the school record of 1:27.51 set in 2009.

Koski took the top spot in the men’s 500-yard freestyle as he stopped the clock in 4:14.28 — the fifth-best time in Georgia history.

Kalisz touched in 1:43.04 to take the 200-yard individual medley title. He broke the school record of 1:43.56 set by Bill Cregar in 2011 in his fifth collegiate competition.

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