Margalis, Zhu and Ryan set school records to win UGA Invitational
ATHENS, Ga. -- Megan Romano, Annie Zhu, Melanie Margalis and Laura Ryan put together a successful day on Sunday as the UGA Fall Invitational came to a close at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs rolled up a meet-best 991 points, while No. 2 Cal was second with 876 and No. 10 Virginia was third with 630. On the men's side, Cal topped the field with 856 points, followed by Virginia (702) and Georgia (662.5)."I could not be prouder of the way our kids stood up and raced this weekend," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "We wanted to see our fastest times of the fall, and mission accomplished. I was really pleased with the effort we had all weekend. This was a positive experience across the board."
Romano qualified for the NCAAs as she posted a time of 47.99 in winning the 100 freestyle. Allison Schmitt (48.42) and Shannon Vreeland (48.69) were second and third, respectively.Zhu and Margalis recorded "A" cut times in the 200 breaststroke. Zhu went 2:07.62 to break the school record of 2:07.66 set in 1999 by Kristy Kowal, while Margalis went 2:08.70, which is fourth-fastest in Georgia annals.
Ryan won the platform diving competition in record-setting fashion. Her score of 312.95 eclipsed the school mark (previously 259.80 by Ann-Perry Blank in 2011) and the pool mark (previously 288.60 by Florida's Monica Dodson in 2007). Ryan now has Zone qualifying scores on both springboards and on platform.In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Chantal Van Landeghem, Vreeland, Margalis and Romano posted an A-cut time of 3:12.71.
Margalis and Schmitt each qualified for the NCAA Championships to highlight Georgia's showing on Saturday.
Margalis posted a time of 4:05.26 in the 400 individual medley to reserve a spot in the NCAAs, which will be held March 21-23 in Indianapolis. Margalis' time broke the school record of 4:05.31 set by Jana Mangimelli at the 2010 NCAAs. During Friday's session, Margalis qualified for the NCAAs in the 200 individual medley and lowered her own second-lowest time in school history.
Margalis also won the 100 breaststroke with an "A" cut time of 59.34. That matches the third-fastest time in the school record book.
Schmitt won the 200 freestyle with an "A" cut time of 1:42.25. Schmitt is a two-time NCAA champion in the 200-yard freestyle and won the gold medal at the Olympics in the 200-meter freestyle.
The 800-yard freestyle relay of Shannon Vreeland, Megan Romano, Jordan Mattern and Schmitt posted an "A" cut time of 6:59.25, eighth-best in school history. Under a new rule, however, one of the swimmers will have to qualify for the NCAAs individually in order for the relay to move on.