Swimming and Diving opens season with fourth place finish

Michael Smith

Georgia Southern swim and dive began its season Sept. 21 and will continue with eight competitions through February. 

The Eagles began with their Blue and Gold, then swim began the season with a meet in Charleston against UNC Asheville, Queens and Davidson. The team finished fourth with scores of 142-62, 40-164, and 55-149, respectively. The Eagle’s best race came in the 50 free from 2018’s leader, sophomore Melissa Cox, who placed second in that individual event. 

“Our women raced hard and brought a great team spirit to the meet,” Head Coach Amanda Caldwell said. “We have some work ahead of us to reach our goals at the end of the season.” 

Diving competed at Davidson and tied the hosts 18-18, while defeating UNC Asheville 32-5. Southern divers took second, third and fourth in the one and three meter competitions.

Freshman Abby Camarda garnered both second place finishes for GS while senior Gretchen Mossburg and junior Katie Knight finished third and fourth in both events. 

Second year diving Head Coach Collin Vest said, “Our divers performed to a standard higher than my expectations for the first meet. I could not be more excited for the season.” 

The Eagles continue their 2019-2020 campaign Oct. 5 at the RAC. GS will host Florida Gulf Coast and Campbell with hopes of beginning a more upward season trajectory. 

The season continues at North Florida Oct. 19, at UNC Asheville Nov. 1, at the Georgia Tech Invitational Nov. 21-24, back home for meets on the tenth and 18 of January, then against SCAD-Savannah and Tech Feb. 1.

Michael Smith, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu