Courtesy: University of Georgia
Closing competition at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center on Saturday evening, the top-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs topped the competition with 850 points over second-place Auburn (681) while the Bulldogs finished fourth (426.5 pts.) behind champion Auburn.
Over the course of the four-day event, Georgia tallied 10 individual titles and five relay crowns out of the 21-event format. In addition, Georgia stood as the only school in the women's competition to assault the SEC record books, breaking records in 11 events (one of them twice) while also resetting nine Georgia school records in the process. The Lady Bulldogs also reset their own American record in the 400y medley relay on the second day of competition. Georgia closed the meet just as it began, claiming an SEC record in the 400y free relay with an SEC record.
Leading the Bulldog efforts, junior Jud Campbell captured his third consecutive 1-meter springboard title while resetting his own Georgia record in the event. Sophomore backstroker Yoav Gath stood as Georgia's highest-placing swimmer, finishing second in the 200y backstroke.
Courtney Shealy, Kristy Kowal and Maritza Correia were named Commissioner's Trophy Winners for their high-point tally, each earning 60 points for the Lady Bulldogs by claiming three individual titles apiece. Shealy and Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle were honored in a vote by the league coaches as well, named Women's Performer and Women's Coach of the meet, respectively.
The Georgia swimming and diving squads will honor their seniors on Saturday, Feb. 26 at a special Senior Day presentation as part of the Bulldog Invitational. The three-day meet will feature swimmers from Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida, N.C. State, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Clemson, all of whom will be gunning for entrance into the NCAA Championships in March.