UGA women’s 800 freestyle relay sets American record; diver Ryan wins gold at SEC championships

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The members of the Georgia women’s 800 freestyle relay and diver Laura Ryan made history on Tuesday to highlight Georgia’s showing in the Southeastern Conference Championships at Texas A&M.

The Lady Bulldogs, who have won the last three SEC titles, opened in second place with 151 points. Tennessee has the team lead with 185. On the men’s side, the Bulldogs stand eighth with 103 points. Auburn is on top with 196.

The Lady Bulldogs’ 800 freestyle relay of Shannon Vreeland, Megan Romano, Jordan Mattern and Allison Schmitt recorded a time of 6:52.64 to shatter the American, U.S. Open and SEC records. Georgia set the previous American and SEC records in 2011 with Schmitt also anchoring that relay. Cal’s U.S. Open mark was posted in 2009.

Ryan, who joined the Lady Bulldogs after spending two seasons at Indiana, became the first Georgia woman to win a gold medal at the SECs as she took the title on the 3-meter springboard. Ryan scored 361.80 points, holding off Tennessee’s Jodie McGroarty (355.10).

Also Tuesday:

• The men’s 200 medley relay of Anival Rodriguez, Nic Fink, Doug Reynolds and Matt Ellis went 1:25.76 to come in fourth and shatter the school record of 1:26.16 set at the SECs a year ago.

• The men’s 800 freestyle relay of Jameson Hill, Nic Fink, Chase Kalisz and Matias Koski placed fifth in 6:23.55 — the third-fastest time in school history.

• The women’s 200 medley team of Kelsey Gaid, Melanie Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Jessica Graber posted a time of 1:37.90 to come in seventh. That is the eighth-fastest time in school history.

• Ann-Perry Blank finished 17th on the women’s 3-meter springboard with 280.45 points.

• Bobby Chambless came in 24th on the men’s 1-meter springboard with 239.30 points.

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@ScottyRay79 Thanks. Should be plenty of chances for him Saturday.

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