Georgia swimming and diving conclude fall season with Georgia … – Red and Black

Georgia teammates cheer during a Georgia swim & dive meet at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Georgia, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. (Photo/Mady Mertens; @MadyMertensPhotography)

Georgia teammates cheer during a Georgia swim & dive meet at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Georgia, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. (Photo/Mady Mertens; @MadyMertensPhotography)
Following a three day competition at the Georgia Fall Invitational at Bauerle Pool at Gabrielsen Natatorium from Nov. 16-18, Georgia men’s swimming and diving placed third overall with 682 points. The women’s team placed fourth overall with 673 points.
The University of Florida dominated the meet, placing first in both, with Auburn similarly finishing second overall in both men’s and women’s.
The meet had plenty of highlights, with seven pool records being set, including Georgia men’s sophomore Ruard van Renen in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday night.
On the first night of competition on Thursday, Nov. 16, senior Jake Magahey swam the nation’s fastest time this season in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing with a 4:10.60.
In the women’s 500 freestyle on Thursday, Rachel Stege nearly beat the school record, finishing in 4:32.87, good for the third-fastest performance in school history.
On Friday Nov. 17, van Renen’s 44.50 time that set a pool record in his 100-yard backstroke moved him into second all-time in program history.
For the women, junior Duné Coetzee earned second place with her personal best time of 1:43.70 in the 200 freestyle. Senior Sloane Reinstein finished third with a season-best 1:44.16, while Stege came in sixth with a personal best of 1:45.07.
At the diving well on Friday, senior Meghan Wenzel finished second on 3-meter with a personal best 335.70, and freshman Matthew Bray placed third on 1-meter with a 360.95.
On the final day of action in the Georgia Fall Invitational, the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle was dominated by the Bulldogs who took the top three spots. Junior Abby McCullough won the race with a time of 15:51.93. Stege finished in second with Coetzee right behind her in third with a personal best.
In the 400-yard freestyle relays, both the men and women qualified for nationals with A-cut times.
The men’s team had a great 200-yard backstroke event, with two different personal bests being set. Graduate Bradley Dunham finished third with a time of 1:38.80, which keeps him in second all-time in program history. Sophomore Sam Powe moved into fourth all-time in program history with a time of 1:39.96. In the 100-yard freestyle, junior Reese Branzell placed third with a personal best 41.92, moving him into second all-time in program history.
Wenzel claimed her third top-three finish of the week in the diving well, placing third on platform with 276.60 points.
This was Georgia’s final meet of the fall and the diving team will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee for the Tennessee Diving invitational from Jan. 2-5 in the team’s next action.

The No. 13 ranked Georgia women’s swimming and diving team swept No. 4 NC State and No. 15 Duke on Friday, while the No. 9 ranked men were just shy of a sweep, falling to No. 4 NC State at the Willis R. Carey Aquatic Center.

In the midst of Georgia-Florida rivalry matchups across multiple different programs over the past weekend, the Georgia swimming and diving teams fell in a dual meet competition to Florida on Oct. 27 in Gainesville, Florida.

Callie Dickinson, a former member of the Georgia Bulldogs swim and dive team, has been named one of the national top 30 honorees for the 2023 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
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