Second-ranked Texas A&M, No. 4 Georgia swim to rare 150-150 tie
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In a top-four battle at Texas A&M, fourth-ranked Georgia and the No. 2 Aggies wound up in a rare 150-150 tie. Georgia moved to 7-0-1 on the season and 3-0-1 in the SEC, while the Aggies went to 4-0-1 and 2-0-1. That 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.
The women's meet came down to the final race: the 400 freestyle relay. Texas A&M won in 3:17.89 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 .03-second edge against 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 consecutive 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.
No. 1 California at the Bruin Diving Invitational
LOS ANGELES – Sophomore Anne Kastler finished second on the 1-meter board Friday to lead the Golden Bear divers on the first day of the Bruin Invitational.
Seeded fourth after posting a score of 264.70 during the morning preliminaries, Kastler accumulated 282.10 points during the finals to give her a total of 546.80 points for the day, pushing her into the runner-up position.
In addition to Kastler, senior Kahley Rowell placed 12th overall, with a score of 227.35 in the prelims and 232.95 in the afternoon for a total of 460.30 points.
Other Bears in action included Hayden Tavoda (21st, 209.60), Mckenna Kurz (25th, 198.90) and Eleanor Smart (28th, 192.15). In all, 40 divers competed Friday, with Southern California's Haley Ishimatsu taking overall honors with 590.90 points.
The Bruin Invitational continues through the weekend with 3-meter competition Saturday and platform on Sunday.
No. T5 Southern California at Bruin Diving Invitational
LOS ANGELES -- Southern California had a successful day one of the Bruin Diving Invitational at the Spieker Aquatics Center on Friday.
Redshirt junior Haley Ishimatsu took first in the 1-Meter competition with a total score of 590.90, after also taking first in the prelims. Sophomore Natalie Kalibat finished 10th overall with a score of 487.20, with sophomore Sam Adams finishing next to take 11th place (487.20). Sophomore Katherine Van Winkle also made the finals for the Women of Troy, placing 16th overall (435.20).
No. T5 Southern California 119, Utah 91
LOS ANGELES -- With an all-around team performance, the Women of Troy defeated Utah in Pac-12 dual-meet action at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Friday. The women improved to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-12 with a 119-91 victory against Utah.
The Trojans won seven of 12 swimming events, including the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:41.75.
Senior Meghan Hawthorne won the 1000 free with a time of 9:52.99. The Trojans swept that race with senior Lynette Lim coming in second (10:04.29) and sophomore Nikki Chang finishing third (10:09.61).
Senior Stina Gardell earned a new season best in the 200 freestyle as she took first (1:48.47), while sophomore Joanna Stenkvist and freshman Lexie Malazdrewicz rounded out the top three for another Trojan sweep.
The Trojans third sweep of the day came in the 50y freestyle, as senior Kasey Carlson took first with a time of 22.82. Sophomore Kasia Wilk and freshman Evan Swenson finished second and third, respectively.
In the 200 IM, redshirt junior Andrea Kroop came through with the Trojans' fourth individual-event first-place finish of the day with a time of 2:04.54.
Sophomore Jasmine Tosky led a Trojan sweep in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:59.13, while Wilk took the 100 freestyle (2:04.55).
In 1-meter diving, redshirt junior Haley Ishimatsu led the Trojans with a final score of 590.90.