Oct. 24, 2009

Courtesy of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams split their season and home openers with North Carolina on Friday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The Lady Bulldogs extended their home win streak to 66 (dating back to the 1995-96 season) with a 160-126 victory. On the men’s side, the Bulldogs dropped a 156-144 decision.

“We had two really good meets,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “We are really happy with our ladies and the streak continues. It’s an amazing streak as we get into another year. I told the ladies that it started with a group 13 years ago so they have a little bit to live up to. All of our freshmen stood up and did a great job. On the men’s side I don’t think we were right on the stick in the beginning. North Carolina swam great, and they beat us. We got better as we went, and we have a little growing up to do. The effort was great, we just came up a little short. But we are going to be a pretty good team and it’s a work in progress.”

“Overall it was an OK first meet.” Georgia head diving coach Dan Laak said. “With some of them, I was a little disappointed that they let some dives get away from them. I think everybody knows now what they need to work on for next week. I’m pretty happy with what we did, and I think it’s a good warm-up for Florida.”

The Lady Bulldogs opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Kristen Shickora, Kelly McNichols, Lisa Caprioglio and Morgan Scroggy stopped the clock in 1:41.16.

Wendy Trott claimed the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:46.19 and won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.33. Scroggy won the 100-yard breaststroke, posting a 55.23, then took the 100-yard freestyle in 50.08.

Chelsea Nauta had the top effort in the 200-yard freestyle as she touched in 1:48.27. Sara Nicponski, a transfer from UC-Santa Barbara, won in her Georgia debut, taking the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.63. Adrienne Bicek and Megan Romano also had a successful first meet as they claimed the 200-yard butterfly in 1:58.85 and the 200-yard backstroke in 1:59.70, respectively.

Anne-Marie Botek sprinted to the win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.14. Hannah Moore won the 3-meter springboard with a score of 272.77.

The Bulldogs won the 200-yard medley relay as Michael Arnold, Martin Kata, Mark Dylla and Craig Jennings went 1:30.59. Dylla touched first in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:49.02. Jennings won the 50-yard freestyle, taking it in 20.34. Arnold took the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.53. Hunter Lainhart was victorious in the 200-yard backstroke, touching in 1:49.12. Troyden Prinsloo claimed the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:29.01. Dylla paced the Bulldogs in the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 48.93. The 400-yard freestyle relay of Jennings, Martin Kata, Kevin Frankenfeld and Arnold won with a time of 3:01.73.

Georgia’s teams will return to action next Friday at Florida.