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No. 2 Georgia continues to make history at SEC championships

No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 8 Florida at SEC championships

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Lady Bulldogs continued their undefeated streak in the 2014 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday in Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs extended their first-place lead to a score of 577 points. The Florida women's team is in second with 421 points. 

"This meet is special," Georgia head coach Harvey Humphries said. "The attitude the swimmers have and how much they want to race is the difference. Every one of the girls knows that they're part of something special this year, and they want to keep it going."

The Lady Bulldogs opened the night with a podium sweep in the 500 freestyle. Brittany MacLean set a new SEC championship and Gabrielsen Natatorium record with her NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:34.63. Shannon Vreeland and Amber McDermott took silver and bronze with A-cut times of 4:34.73 and 4:35.00, respectively. Rachel Zilinskas placed seventh, touching the wall at 4:39.31. Jordan Mattern had the second-best time in the consolation final and placed 10th overall with a time of 4:40.13

No. 9 North Carolina at ACC championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina set a trio of school records Wednesday night at the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.  After the first day of competition, the Tar Heels are in a tie for second place in the competition.

Both Tar Heel relay teams that swam Wednesday night also set NCAA "A" qualifying times for the 2014 NCAA Championships.