GSU swims to victory

Jack Magruder


The Georgia Southern University swimming and diving team won 11 events to post dual meet victories over the Savannah College of Art & Design (169.50-102.50) and Davis & Elkins College (207-29) on Saturday afternoon.

The two wins improved the Eagles’ record to 3-0 in dual meets early in the season.

“I thought we did well. We raced well, had good swims. We were much more consistent this week compared to the season opener last week, and for the most part, everybody improved their times,” head coach Nathan Kellogg said.

During the event, the swimming and diving team swept several events, posting first, second and third places in the event. The women’s 200 yard medley relay, women’s 100 yard breast, women’s 50 yard free, women’s three meter diving, women’s 200 yard back, women’s 200 yard breast and women’s one meter diving were swept by the Eagles.

Christina Moran won the 100 back (58.10) and was just shy of the pool record set last week by College of Charleston’s Sarah Boyle (57.96). Moran also swam a lifetime best of 2:05.45 to win the 200 back and help the Eagles sweep the event as Meg Beasley (2:12.02) and Becca Alves (2:12.59) finished second and third.

Junior Amanda Macchio won her first career diving event by posting a personal best score of 236.77 on the one-meter board. Macchio also had a personal best on the three-meter board (235.87).

Throughout the meet, the eagles swam their best, showing a high level of physical readiness and swimming out in front of the pack.

“I think we did well. We swam well. I think our team does a good job of performing when we’re tired,” senior Emily Fell said.

In addition to the Eagles dominance in the pool, the swimming and diving team has been selling t-shirts in support of breast cancer awareness. The team plans to donate all proceeds to the American Breast Cancer Society.