Isn't it great to beat Florida? I know I always love it when we can beat Florida. And no, I did not have too much to drink at the Cocktail Party thank you very much. Nor am I on a sugar high from eating all of my five year old's Halloween candy as soon as he went to bed (this may or may not have actually happened). Let's get outside those hedges so I can explain.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Both the men and women Swim Dawgs defeated the Gators Friday. Seniors Chase Kalisz, Chantal Van Landegham and Pace Clark, juniors Jay Litherland, Stephanie Peters, and Megan Kingsley each won a pair of events, while junior Meahgan Raab won three. The performances earned SEC Swimmer of the Week honors for Clark and Raab, in addition to Female Diver of the Week for freshman McKenzi Austin and Male Swimmer of the Week honors for Walker Higgins. They'll be at Georgia Tech this afternoon starting at 4.
Season tickets for Foley are on sale. And Georgia fans who are now Cubs fans may not want to see former Diamond Dawg Justin Grimm tonight in game 7 of the World Series. All 3 games he's pitched in so far for Chicago have been their losses to the Indians. But maybe tonight, he can just roast a goat?
The men finished fourth, and freshman Jessica Drop earned second team All-SEC honors in addition to joining her twin sister Sam on the All-Freshman team, at this year's SEC Championships last weekend.
A 5 set loss to Arkansas was the only Net Dawg action last weekend. But they will host Florida tonight (yeah!) AND IT'S ON TV (see ESPNU live at 9 TONIGHT!!!). They also have free wings!!! for the first 100 students! Lizzy Stemke's ladies will head to South Carolina Sunday at 12:30, after the earlier match scheduled in Columbia was flipped to Athens last month due to Hurricane Matthew.
The Kick Dawgs earned their first road win of the season in their last road game, at Kentucky last Thursday. Senior Marion Crowder earned first team All-SEC honors, while fellow senior Caroline Waters was on the second team. They finish the year 6-11, (3-8 in SEC play).
The ladies' season is over, but the men are still swinging. They just didn't swing that well in California. It's ok though, their punishment is a trip to Hawai'i for the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic in Maui Friday through Sunday.
The third annual Pumpkin Peek (an early look at this winter's team) is Saturday at 1 at the Suzanne Yoculan Gymnastics Center.
After taking the weekend off, the Horse Dawgs will be led back in the saddle again by the reigning SEC Rider of the Month, senior Meg O'Mara, at Texas A&M Saturday at 11 a.m.
The ladies were down in Puerto Rico last weekend with varied results in a round-robin tourney with Old Dominion, Virginia, and Vandy. That concludes the fall part of the schedule for all but one, native Athenian Eleni Christofi (the more globally known Athens, if we're being specific). The Greek freshman will be in Flushing, N.Y. for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships thanks to her run last month at the Southeast Regionals in Gainesville, starting tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. with the third-seeded Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine (who's ranked second in the country).
The men end their fall with the Bulldog Scramble, hosting Georgia Tech, Miami, Princeton, South Carolina, and Wake Forest Friday through Sunday in the round-robin event. Freshman Alex Diaz is making a run in the 2016 Player's Choice Open in Birmingham right now. And junior Wayne Montgomery will also be in Flushing, N.Y. Thursday, getting Kentucky's Ryotaro Matsumura in his first match of the National Indoors.
The season is sooooooooo close. Joni Taylor's Lady Dawgs will have their Biscuits and Baskets at Stegeman Saturday at 10 a.m to introduce the team to fan's since they are forgoing an exhibition game this season. Their first game will be next Friday, the 11th, at 7, hosting South Carolina State in the Coliseum before hosting Mercer for game 2 Sunday afternoon.
The men will be in Clemson on that same night for their season opener at 7 before hosting the opening rounds of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Stegeman with NC-Asheville on the 14th and Furman on the 17th (both at 7). But Mark Fox will have an exhibition game to get his boys ready, in addition to the "secret" scrimmage we had with Xavier last weekend in Nashville. Tomorrow night, 7 p.m., in Stegeman, against Fort Valley State. Admission is free. Teamspeedkills has their season preview of our Dawgs up.