Athens, GA - Georgia’s Melanie Margalis has been chosen as the Counsilman-Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week.
Margalis, who earlier this week was chosen as the SEC Swimmer of the Week, posted three victories in the Lady Bulldogs’ win over Florida last Friday. She won the 100 breaststroke, the 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. Margalis also swam on the victorious 200 medley relay as Georgia won for the 72nd straight time at Gabrielsen Natatorium, a streak that dates back to the 1995-96 season.
On Wednesday in Atlanta against Georgia Tech and Emory, Margalis won the 400 individual medley and the 100 freestyle. She also swam on the victorious 400 medley relay.
Margalis is the national leader in the 200 individual medley (1:57.62) and she ranks second in the 400 individual medley (4:12.97), fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.73) and eighth in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.32). She has the SEC’s fastest times in all four events.
Margalis’ 200 and 400 individual medley times are the fastest dual-meet efforts in school history. Overall, she is ranked fifth in the 400 individual medley and sixth in the 200 individual medley in Georgia annals.
Margalis already has NCAA provisional qualifying (B-cut) times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 and 400 individual medley.
Margalis has won seven individual races and has been on two victorious relays in Georgia’s first three meets.
“Melanie is off to a great start in her college career,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. “Her success is not surprising to us. She’s a hard worker and a tremendous competitor. Melanie has been a great addition to our team, and we feel like her best is yet to come.”
Georgia’s teams will return to action Dec. 3-5 in the Georgia Invitational at Gabrielsen Natatorium.