UGA women’s swim team suffers first loss of season at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The No. 11 Tennessee women’s swimming and diving team handed second-ranked Georgia its first loss of the season on Saturday, defeating the Lady Bulldogs 161-139.

The Tennessee men’s team defeated its Georgia counterpart 161.5-132.5.

The Lady Bulldogs (8-1, 3-1) lost their first dual SEC meet since losing to Florida on Oct. 26, 2006. It was also the Lady Volunteers’ first win in the series since 1989.

Georgia’s men’s team (5-3, 1-2) was led by Chase Kalisz, who won all three of his events for the third straight meet. He won the 200 butterfly in 1:46.89, the 200 breaststroke in 1:58.09 and the 400 individual medley in 3:49.82.

Additionally, Andrew Gemmell won the 1650 freestyle in 15:17.87, while Nic Fink won the 100 breaststroke as he touched in 54.74. Matias Koski triggered a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 freestyle with his time of 4:26.50.

The Lady Bulldogs also won the 1,650 freestyle, as Amber McDermott led a 1-2-3 finish with a time of 16:07.44. Hali Flickinger won the 200 breaststroke in 1:58.33, Melanie Margalis claimed the 400 individual medley in 4:11.07 and Laura Ryan claimed the 1-meter springboard with 299.63 points.

Georgia competes again at noon Feb. 2 against Alabama and South Carolina in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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