In the first meet of the season, the North Carolina swimming and diving team fell to Georgia at Koury Natatorium.
The No. 3 Georgia men's team and No. 1 women's team both swam out to a quick lead over the No. 18 UNC men's team and No. 16 women's team and never looked back. The Bulldogs were dominant in the pool; of the 28 races, Georgia placed at least two swimmers in the top three spots 20 times, and swept five of those races.
UNC fought back late in the meet to sweep the men's 200 IM and 400 free relay. North Carolina fought to win in the diving events, scoring first-place finishes in each event and the top two spots in the men’s and women’s 1m springboard.
But the Tar Heels' efforts weren’t enough. The Bulldogs had already fought to secure the lead and the Tar Heels finished at a distant second.
Who stood out?
Hellen Moffit the 100-yard women’s backstroke by over a second with UNC’s most dominant performance of the day. The senior finished second in the 100-yard fly and 25 fly. She also swam the Tar Heels to second place in the 200-yard medley and first in the 400-yard free relay.
On the men’s side, senior Jorden Merrilees won the 500-yard free and placed second in the 200-yard free. He also helped North Carolina win the 400-yard relay. Merrilees competed as a Tar Heel for the first time and said he’s looking forward to improving throughout the rest of the season.