Georgia women swimmers win 5th straight SEC Championship

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
It was a good week at the pool for folks at Country Club U, as Georgia's women won their fifth consecutive SEC Championship and the men took home third place in the SEC. A sell out crowd sat poolside as Georgia swimmers and divers broke 18 school records, 13 pool records and eight SEC records at the 5 day event.

Long time assistant Harvey Humphries led the Dawgs while legendary coach Jack Bauerle remains in stuck in NCAA purgatory, and freshman Olivia Smoliga led the Lady Dawgs in the pool. The freshman from Glenville, Illinois had the highest point total during the meet, and Humphries was on local radio this morning singing the praises of the girl who set multiple high school records over Olympic darling Missy Franklin. Franklin was in Smoliga's class, and the two will see each other soon at the NCAA Championships next month.

Other notable Wet Dawgs were Laura Ryan, Diver of the Meet after winning medals in multiple events, and Brittany MacLean, who set an SEC and pool record with the fastest 1,650 meter freestyle time in the nation this season. Any Georgia swimmers yet to qualify for the NCAA Championships will have one more chance to do so at the aptly named Bulldog Last Chance Meet held in Athens on Saturday and Sunday. Admission for that meet is free.

Otherwise, it's just practice and preparing for the NCAA Championships next month. The women's meet will be in Minneapolis on March 20th-22nd, while the men's Championship will be in Austin, Texas the following weekend of the 27th-29th.

And of course, GO DAWGS!

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