Chapel Hill, NC - The Georgia swimming and diving teams split their season-opening dual meets at North Carolina’s Maurice J. Koury Natatorium on Friday.
The Lady Bulldogs posted a 168-132 victory, while the Bulldogs dropped a 183-117 decision.
“It was a good effort by both of our teams,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “It was a good, hard first meet, and that’s a heck of a way to start the season. We had some real good performances. We had some big-time swims. We swam hard, and that’s the main thing. That will serve us well. I felt real good about both of our teams today.”
Chelsea Nauta and Melanie Margalis were double winners for the Lady Bulldogs (1-0). Nauta claimed the 1,000 freestyle in 9:54.41 (as Georgia went 1-2-3) and took the 200 butterfly in 2:00.69. Margalis made her Georgia debut a successful one as she won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.53 and the 200 individual medley in 1:59.14.
Allison Schmitt won the 200 freestyle, stopping the clock in 1:47.43. Hannah Moore posted a score of 297.30 to take the 1-meter springboard crown. Georgia’s 400 freestyle relay of Megan Romano, Morgan Scroggy, Nauta and Schmitt won in 3:20.94 to seal the victory.
For the Bulldogs (0-1), Mark Dylla and Bill Cregar claimed two races each. Dylla won the 200 butterfly in 1:48.24 and the 200 backstroke in 1:50.89, while Cregar took the 200 breaststroke in 2:01.60 and the 200 individual medley in 1:49.76.
Michael Arnold touched in 20.50 to win the 50 freestyle. Jameson Hill claimed the 200 freestyle in 1:38.77 in his Georgia debut.
Georgia will open the home portion of its schedule next Friday against Florida. The meet at Gabrielsen Natatorium will start at 11 a.m.