February 22, 2014

Former Cats swimmer sets UGA record

From Staff Reports

— University of Georgia freshman Taylor Dale, a Dalton High School graduate, set a school record while finishing second in the 100-yard backstroke Friday night at the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Bulldogs and Lady Dogs are hosting the event at Gabrielsen Natatorium on the UGA campus.

Dale’s time of 45.98 seconds in the 100 backstroke was second to Auburn’s Kyle Darmody (45.66), but it was the fourth-fastest time in the event in the country this year.

“I’m really excited about that swim,” Dale said in a release on UGA’s athletic website, georgiadogs.com. “I’m having the best swims of my life right now, so I just can’t wait until we get to a bigger level meet and see what I can do.”

Dale also helped the Bulldogs set another program record — they shattered the previous mark by more than three seconds — and finish second in the 400 medley relay, along with Nicolas Fink, Doug Reynolds and Michael Trice. The team finished in 3:05.55, just behind Auburn (3:05.38).

It’s been a record-setting kind of week for Dale and the Dogs. On Tuesday, the opening day of the meet, the same lineup that took second in the 400 medley relay set a school record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:24.73, an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA championships that also broke the program record by more than two seconds. Georgia was second in the event to Florida, which broke the pool record with a time of 1:24.53.

Entering the final day of the meet, the Bulldogs are seventh in the 10-team field with 124 points. Auburns leads with 192.