Bulldogs Earn 10 Invites to NCAA Men’s Championships
SOURCE: GEORGIA SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS
Ten University of Georgia men’s swimmers have been invited to the 2020 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, as announced by the NCAA Wednesday in Indianapolis, the site of this year’s event. The swimmers will be joined by junior diver Zach Allen, who qualified on the 1-meter springboard Tuesday at the Zone B Championships in Athens.
The NCAA Championships will be held at the IU Natatorium beginning on Wednesday, March 25 and continuing through Saturday, March 28. Georgia will look to return to the top 10 after finishing 18th last season. The Bulldogs have placed in the top 10 19 times in program history, highlighted by a third-place mark in 1997.
Five Bulldogs have been invited in multiple events, led by junior Camden Murphy, who will compete in the 100 and 200 butterflies. Last season, Murphy earned First Team All-America honors after reaching the A final in both events.
Seniors Walker Higgins (200 and 500 freestyle) and Kevin Miller (500 and 1,650 freestyle) will both close their careers with two events, as will senior Clayton Forde in the 400 IM. Higgins was a First Team All-American last season with a fifth-place finish in the 200. Sophomore Andrew Abruzzo makes his second-consecutive appearance with berths in the 500 freestyle and 400 IM.
Freshman Ian Grum will compete in the 200 backstroke and 400 IM, while fellow first-years Harry Homans and Dillon Downing will swim in the 200 butterfly and 50 freestyle respectively.
After finishing 15th in the mile last season, junior Greg Reed returns in the event, following a silver medal at SECs. Fellow junior Jack Dalmolin makes his individual debut at nationals in the 200 breaststroke after attending as a relay alternate last year.
Four relay alternates will be announced by the Georgia coaching staff in the coming days.
Prior to the men’s championships, the Georgia women’s team will remain in Athens for the 2020 NCAA Championships, which start Wednesday, March 18 and continue through Saturday, March 21 at Gabrielsen Natatorium.