Athens, GA - The Georgia swimming and diving teams will return to action on Saturday at Southern Methodist’s Perkins Natatorium in Dallas, Texas.
The second-ranked Lady Bulldogs (4-0) will take on No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 21 SMU at 1 p.m., then the No. 11 Bulldogs (2-2) will meet unranked SMU at 5 p.m. Georgia’s swimmers last competed at the UGA Invitational Dec. 3-5. SMU and Texas A&M also will be competing for the first time in 2011.
“All of the teams will be a little rusty, and that’s an equalizer,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. “That said, we’re looking forward to getting back into competition, especially against these teams. Both our men and our ladies will have a great challenge. We will need great performances from our best swimmers. Nothing is easy when you take on SMU and Texas A&M.”
Georgia boasts three swimmers who have qualified for the NCAA Championships in March: Wendy Trott in the 500 freestyle, Megan Romano in the 100 backstroke and Sara Nicponski in the 100 breaststroke. Trott is ranked second nationally in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle, while Romano is fourth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 200 backstroke, and Nicponski is fourth in the 100 breaststroke.
Georgia also has Allison Schmitt (fifth) and Chelsea Nauta (10th) ranked in the 200 freestyle, Nauta (fifth) ranked in the 500 freestyle and Melanie Margalis (seventh) ranked in the 200 individual medley.
On the men’s side, Martin Grodzki is No. 5 in the 500 freestyle and No. 6 in the 1,650 freestyle, Mark Dylla is No. 5 in the 200 butterfly and Jameson Hill is No. 9 in the 1,650 freestyle.
Georgia’s next home event will be Saturday, Jan. 15. The Lady Bulldogs will host No. 3 Texas at 11 a.m. and the Bulldogs will take on the No. 1 Longhorns at 2 p.m. Georgia’s seniors will be recognized before each competition.
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