COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Without their head coach, the Georgia swimming and diving teams came away with a tie and a win against Texas A&M on Friday.
Head coach Jack Bauerle gives a thumbs up to a Georgia women's relay team during the swim meet between Georgia and South Carolina in Athens Ga., on Friday, January 20, 2012.
Jack Bauerle, who is suspended from coaching during competition pending the completion of an academic eligibility review involving swimmer Chase Kalisz, did not travel with the team to College Station and won’t be in Austin for the teams’ meets today against Texas, a team spokesman told the Athens Banner-Herald.
The Banner-Herald requested documents from the university Monday in attempts to gain more information about Bauerle’s suspension, but was denied due to the ongoing investigation.
Documents are not available until 10 days following the close of an investigation of a public official, according to state law.
It is not known why Bauerle was suspended or if he is accused of any wrongdoing.
But the team spokesman said Bauerle wouldn’t have traveled because of lingering effects from a knee surgery he had last month.
Senior associate head coach Harvey Humphries guided the No. 10 Bulldogs to a 173-127 decision while the No. 4 Lady Bulldogs tied the fourth-ranked Aggies 150-150.
The women’s meet came down to the final race: the 400 freestyle relay. Texas A&M won in 3 minutes, 17.89 seconds and Georgia was second in 3:18.74, giving the Aggies a 150-148 edge.
The Lady Bulldogs’ B relay of Jessica Graber, Lauren Harrington, Jordan Mattern and Amber McDermott got home in 3:22.67 for a three-100ths of a second edge over A&M and the final critical two points of the meet.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed by as much as 19 points three times on Friday. But they scratched back with wins in four straight events: McDermott in the 500 freestyle, Harrington in the 100 butterfly, Laura Ryan on the 1-meter springboard and Melanie Margalis in the 400 individual medley, setting the stage for the relay fireworks.
Margalis and Ryan each won twice for the Lady Bulldogs. Margalis took the 200 backstroke with a season-best time of 1:55.99 and went 4:10.47 in the 400 individual medley, winning by more than five seconds. Ryan claimed both springboard titles, taking the 1-meter with 308.71 points and the 3-meter with 366.52 points.
The 200 freestyle title went to Shannon Vreeland, who reached the wall in 1:47.37. McDermott posted a time of 4:45.09 to win the 500 freestyle. Brittany MacLean paced the field in the 1,000 freestyle, stopping the clock in a season-best 9:40.18. Harrington touched in 54.40 to claim a victory in the 100 butterfly.
The Lady Bulldogs’ tie is just the second tie in the history of Georgia’s program, which dates back to 1973. The 1982 Georgia-Tennessee meet finished 74-74.
Nicolas Fink, Matias Koski and Ty Stewart all won three events for the Bulldogs. Fink swept the breaststroke races in 55.88 and 2:04.01, respectively. Koski took the 200 freestyle in 1:38.29 and led a 1-2-3 effort by the Bulldogs in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:27.19. Stewart won the 200 butterfly in 1:48.34 and the 400 individual medley in 3:55.47.
Andrew Gemmell claimed the 1,000 freestyle in 9:14.27 to spark a 1-2-3 finish by the Bulldogs. Taylor Dale touched first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 48.92.
Jared Markham won the 200 backstroke in 1:48.27. Pace Clark took the 100 butterfly in 49.16. The 200 medley relay of Dale, Fink, Doug Reynolds and Michael Trice won with a time of 1:29.32.
Georgia will continue its weekend road trip by visiting Texas today at 11 a.m.