TUCSON, AZ -- Georgia's top-ranked Lady Bulldog swimming and diving team improved to 6-0 on the season with a 165-135 decision over the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on Friday afternoon.
"We're really proud of our team," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "You don't have No. 1 vs. No. 2 very often, but we're just glad to be in this situation. Arizona is still a great championship team, but we couldn't be happier with how we raced."
The Lady Bulldogs held a 73-58 advantage at the first diving break, gaining valuable points with a one-two punch from Courtney Shealy and Stefanie williams in the 50y freestyle. Georgia captured the opening 200y medley relay behind the strength of Christine Keller, Kristy Kowal, Courtney Shealy and Stefanie Williams. Freshman Maritza Correia won the 1000y free (9:54.57) and junior Kim Black followed with a first-place finish in the 200y free (1:48.22). Co-captain Kowal met with her usual success in the individual events as well, leading the 100y breaststroking field with a 1:00.77.
At the second diving break, the Lady Bulldogs maintained their lead at 136-109 as Correia (100y free), Kowal (200y breast), Black (500y free) and Shealy (100y fly) all repeated their first-place performances. Kowal also notched a first-place finish in the 200y IM, followed closely by Keegan Walkley.
"I can't say enough about Kristy Kowal and Courtney Shealy. They're tough competitors and they just don't like to lose. We've still got to get back to 100 percent, but we proved today that we've got a tough group."
Georgia closed out the victory with first and third places in the final 400y freestyle relay.
Rounding out the travel weekend for the swimming and diving squad, Georgia No. 7 Bulldogs face top-ranked Texas in Austin in a 6 p.m. (CT) meet on Saturday.