The defending national champions Emory University Men's Swimming and Diving team opened the 2017-18 season Wednesday evening, hosting the University of Georgia at the Madeleine Jude Brown Aquatic Center in Atlanta.
The meet consisted of primarily relay events including the 200 Medley, 500 Free, 300 Butterfly, 300 Backstroke, 200 Freestyle, 300 Breaststroke and the 400 Freestyle as well as mixed 200 Freestyle and 400 Medley. UGA came away with the victory, edging out the Eagles 38-23.
The Eagles earned a pair of five-point swims by seniors Cooper Tollen, John Copses and freshman Connor Duggan in the 300 Breaststroke (3:04.92) and seniors Alexander Hardwick, Oliver Smith, junior Trey Kolleck and sophomore Sage Ono in the 400 Freestyle (3:07.54).
Leading the Eagles in other events on the evening were Ono, Copses, Tollen and Smith in the 200 Medley (1:36.31); seniors Aaron Schwartz, Henry Copses and freshmen Kellen Stillman and Duggan in the 500 Free (4:17.21); junior Zachary Chen, sophomore Andrew duPont and freshman Carlos Monteagudo in the 300 Fly (2:39.72); Ono, junior Matt Rogers and freshman Sven Mesihovic in the 300 Back (2:33.56) and Hardwick, juniors Alex Kohlman, Thomas Gordon, Patrick Leonard in the 200 Free (1:27.95).
The Emory swimmers return to the pool next Friday, October 6th, with the annual Blue-Gold Intrasquad meet.