Athens, GA - The Georgia swimming and diving teams will kick off the 2010-11 schedule on Friday with a dual meet at North Carolina.
Georgia’s teams will visit the Tar Heels for an 11 a.m. meet at the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium. The two teams have squared off in Georgia’s first meet in 13 of the last 15 seasons. The Lady Bulldogs own a 19-1 overall mark in the series, while the Bulldogs are 17-11.
“North Carolina always swims us really, really tough in the fall,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “They are as well prepared in the dual-meet season as any team on our schedule. We’ll find out right away where our strengths and weaknesses are. North Carolina will be a real challenge for us.”
Bauerle said Friday’s meet is akin to a football team coming out of its preseason camp.
“The kids can’t wait to race,” he said. “Having the first one on the road will probably add some adrenaline, especially for the freshmen. This is a great way to open the season. Both teams will want to race hard and will want to win. This is a super competition for the first meet of the year.”
The Lady Bulldogs will be led by three-time national champ Allison Schmitt and two-time national champ Wendy Trott. Schmitt won the 500 freestyle in 2009 and 2010 as well as the 200 freestyle in 2010. Trott has claimed the 1,650 freestyle each of the last two years. The Lady Bulldogs appear strongest in the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke events, with the butterfly depth hit hardest by graduation. Record-setting Hannah Moore is back to anchor the Lady Bulldogs’ diving team.
On the men’s side, the Bulldogs have one of their deepest and most experienced teams in recent memory. Past SEC champions Mark Dylla (200 butterfly), Martin Grodzki (1,650 freestyle) and Bill Cregar (400 individual medley) will lead the way, along with the likes of Matt Bartlett, Kevin Frankenfeld, Martin Kata and Tim Barrett.
North Carolina’s teams are off to 1-0 starts after sweeping East Carolina on Oct. 8.
Live results from Friday’s meet can be found at tarheelblue.cstv.com.
Georgia will open the home portion of its schedule on Friday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. against Florida.