No. 3 Women's Swimming and Diving falls to No. 2 Georgia, 169.5-130.5
Jan. 15, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 3 Texas (4-2) collected six victories, including a pair of diving wins from sophomore Maren Taylor, but No. 2 Georgia (7-0) knocked off the Longhorns by a 169.5-130.5 count Saturday at Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Texas opened the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, where freshman Lily Moldenhauer, sophomores Bethany Adams and Kelsey Amundsen and junior Karlee Bispo were victorious with a NCAA “B” cut of 1:41.61. Notably, Texas’ “B” relay of sophomores Jessica Guro and Laura Sogar, freshman Ellen Lobb and junior Katie Riefenstahl also finished ahead of the Georgia “A” relay with a mark of 1:42.51. Georgia’s “A” relay finished in 1:42.59.
Georgia asserted itself with a one-two-three finish in the 1000 freestyle, where Leah Gingrich was UT’s top finisher with a fourth-place time of 10:08.48. UGA landed a one-two finish in the 200 freestyle, and UT’s Bispo led the Horns with a third-place time of 1:49.04, good for a NCAA “B” cut. Senior Adrienne Woods placed fourth (1:49.82), while freshman Samantha Tucker placed fifth (1:50.69).
Moldenhauer led UT by tying for third in the 100 backstroke with a NCAA “B” cut of 55.09. Sogar led the Horns in the 100 breaststroke with a second-place time of 1:01.60. Gingrich notched UT’s second win of the day in the 200 butterfly with a winning mark of 2:00.07. Texas’ Lobb solidified a one-two finish for the Horns with a second-place time of 2:01.26, as she edged the mark of 2:01.28 produced by Georgia senior Chelsea Nauta.
Georgia claimed the next event, the 50 freestyle, but Texas secured the second, third and fourth positions to limit UGA to a one-point gain in the event. UT’s Adams took second in 23.02, while Bispo placed third in 23.29. Amundsen placed fourth in 23.39. Texas’ Taylor notched her first of two wins on the day in the one-meter diving event, where she edged UGA’s Hannah Moore by 3.45 points with a score of 311.70. Sophomore Shelby Cullinan added a third-place score of 265.87 points, and sophomore Diana Wilcox placed fourth with 258.15 points.
The Bulldogs went on to place first and second in the 100 freestyle, as Adams led the way for UT by taking third in 50.47. Bispo placed fourth in 50.61. UT’s Riefenstahl led the Horns by taking second in the 200 backstroke with a NCAA “B” cut of 1:58.66. Sogar, who owns college swimming’s second-fastest time in the 200 breaststroke, handily claimed the event over Georgia with a winning time of 2:11.04. UT freshman Catherine Wagner placed third with a NCAA “B” cut of 2:16.11.
Georgia posted a one-two-three finish in the 500 freestyle before Texas returned the favor in the 100 butterfly. Amundsen picked up the win in 54.81, and Lobb finished closely behind in 54.83. Moldenhauer took third in 56.11. Taylor completed her impressive sweep of the diving events with a first-place total of 318.15 points in the three-meter event. Wilcox added a third-place total of 294.46 points.
Gingrich added a third-place time of 4:19.77 in the 400 individual medley before UT closed out the meet with a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Amundsen, Riefenstahl, Lobb and Tucker finished with a NCAA “B” cut of 3:23.83.
Texas resumes competition on Friday, Jan. 28 when it hosts Arizona in a two-day meet at UT’s Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.