Athens, GA - The Georgia-Florida rivalry weekend will kick off on Friday.
A day before their football counterparts square off in Jacksonville, the
Georgia and Florida swimming and diving teams will meet on Friday in
Gainesville, Fla. The meet, which will be held at the O¹Connell Natatorium, will start at 11 a.m. with the diving competition.
³It should be a knock-down drag-out meet,² Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. ³They have one of the best programs in the country, and we have a lot of respect for them. I am expecting the meet to be a shootout. It¹s a great rivalry, and we always seem to bring out the best in each other. Even though it¹s early in the season, it¹s a big meet. We are looking forward to some great swims. It will be a big challenge and we¹ll need some big performances. It should be a great, great competition.²
³Florida has a great diving team,² Georgia diving coach Dan Laak said.
³They¹ve got a couple of the best divers in the conference, so it will be a big challenge for us. Diving at their place is a little more challenging
than some other pools, but we got the jitters out in the first meet at home. We¹re excited about the competition, and we hope to score some points to help the team out.²
The Lady Bulldogs opened the season last Friday with a home victory against North Carolina. Georgia had the best effort in 15 of the 16 events, led by double winners Wendy Trott (500 and 1,000 freestyle) and Morgan Scroggy (100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle).
Trott leads the SEC in the two distance events, while Lisa Caprioglio has the best time in the 100 butterfly. Florida boasts league leaders in Shara Stafford (100 and 200 freestyle), Kristen Beales (1,650 freestyle), Teresa Crippen (400 individual medley) and Kara Salmone (1- and 3-meter diving).
The Bulldogs dropped a close decision to the Tar Heels in a meet that went down to the final two events. Craig Jennings and Michael Arnold led Georgia, as they each won an individual event and helped two relays post victories.
The Bulldogs¹ Troyden Prinsloo leads the league in the 500 and 1,000
freestyle, and Andrew Gemmell is tops in the 400 individual medley. The
Gators are sparked by Shaune Fraser, who leads the SEC in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.