KNOXVILLE, TN – With four trips to the podium, the University of Georgia Swimming and Diving team continued their strong showing at the 2022 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday night at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
After two days of competition, the Georgians rank second overall with 373 points, behind Tennessee with 467.5. In the men’s standings, the Bulldogs are in fifth place with 308 points while Florida leads at 497.
In just his third collegiate 500 freestyle race, freshman Matthew Sates won the SEC Championship against a packed field, taking first by a second over Florida’s Kieran Smith with a Cup A time of 4:09.06. Sates’ time also set a pool record and ranks second all-time in program history. Second year Jake Magahey also reached the podium with a bronze medal time of 4:10.22, also clinching an A cup in the process.
Later that evening, second year Luca Urlando captured Georgia’s second gold medal with a winning Cup A time of 1:41.19 in the 200 IM final. Urlando’s time set a new personal best and a new pool record, while tying Chase Kalisz for second place in program history. Urlando previously posted a PR of 1:42.75 in the preliminaries. In the women’s 200 IM, junior Zoie Hartmann placed second with a season best time of 1:53.79, placing in the top two for the third year in a row.
Another historic mark came in the men’s 200m freestyle relay as Urlando joined the juniors Dillon Downing and Zach Hils and second Wesley Ng to finish fourth with an A cup time of 1:16.71, the second fastest in school history. In the women’s 200 freestyle relay, year two Maxine ParkerSenior Gabi Fa’amausilifirst-year student Eboni McCartyand Hartman finished seventh with a B cut of 1:28.87.
In other A-final appearances, Downing was fourth in the men’s 50 freestyle with a season-best B cut of 19.03, while Parker placed seventh in the women’s 50 freestyle at 21.95. In the women’s 500 m freestyle, first year Abby McCulloh finished sixth with a time of 4:40.86, while fellow freshmen Dune Coetzee took seventh place in a season-best 4:41.03. In the 200 IM, Hils qualified with a time of 1:43.50 for sixth place in the preliminaries but was disqualified in the evening session.
At the diving well, freshman nolan lewis won a point with a 24and– place the finish on the 1 meter, totaling a score of 262.15.
The SEC championships continue Thursday with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle and women’s 3-metre. The morning session opens at 9:30 a.m., followed by the evening session at 5:30 p.m.
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