Luca Urlando Lowers NAG Record in 200 Fly, Adds Relay Record at Georgia Invitational

Georgia competes in finals during the Georgia Invitational at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., on Fri., Nov. 20, 2020. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)
Luca Urlando Photo Courtesy: Chamberlain Smith / Georgia Athletics

Luca Urlando led Georgia to an outstanding final day at the Georgia Invitational, setting a national-age group record in the 200 butterfly and a school record in the 400 freestyle relay.

Urlando set a personal best in the 200 fly, going 1:40.67. It’s third-fastest nationally, the sixth-fastest in Georgia history and an NCAA A cut, one of five collected by the Bulldogs on the day.

Urlando also split 42.42 off the front of the Georgia 400 free relay, leading the team to a time of 2:49.27. It’s nearly two seconds under the NCAA A cut standard and sets a program record, Urlando joined by Javi Acevedo, Jake Magahey and Dillon Downing. The previous record dated to the 2016 NCAA Championships, and it’s the third relay mark set by the Georgia men at the three day invitational, along with the 200 free and 200 medley relays.

Georgia Invitational Team Scores

Men

  1. Georgia 1,480
  2. Florida State 1,021
  3. Georgia Tech 1,006

Women

  1. Georgia 1,447
  2. Florida State 1,180
  3. Georgia Tech 700

Day 1 results; Day 2 results

Magahey got an A cut in the 1,650, going 14:33.78, the fifth-fastest in program history for a 1-2-3 Bulldogs finish. Ian Grum won the 200 back in 1:40.05, second-fastest nationally and fourth in program history, and Downing won the 100 free in 42.46, second nationally and in program history. The times for Grum and Downing are B cuts. Jack Dalmolin won the 200 breast for Georgia.

Georgia’s Zoie Hartman and Danielle Della Torre each notched A cuts in the 200 breaststroke, going 2:06.34 and 2:06.81, the top two times in the nation. Hartman joined Maxine Parker, Gabi Fa’amausili and Courtney Harnish in winning the 400 free relay in a nation’s-best time of 3:14.93. Fa’amausili won the 100 free in 48.58 seconds. Dakota Luther posted the nation’s top time in the 200 fly at 1:53.34 (with Harnish second in the nation and the race at 1:53.50). Maddie Homovich and Samie Buchill went 1-2 in the 100 back, and Olivia Anderson’s 16:03.61 led a top-three sweep of the mile for Georgia.

Florida State’s Peter Varjasi had the best swimming finish for the Seminoles on Day 3 of the Georgia Invitational, finishing second in the 100 free in 42.91 seconds. Izaak Bastian was third in the men’s 200 breast in 1:56.72, as did Zsofia Kurdi in the women’s 100 free.

Tommy Eaton went 1:45.93 in the 200 fly, sixth in the race and sixth in school history. Pia Murray took fourth in the women’s 200 back in 1:56.81, seventh in program history. Hannah Womer (sixth in the 200 fly) and Nick Vance (fifth in the 200 back) clocked in times that are eighth and ninth in program history, respectively.

Georgia Tech added a pair of school records Friday, making it five for the Georgia Invitational. That includes a third men’s relay mark, with Caio Pumputis, Christian Ferraro, Austin Daniel and Batur Unlu clocking in at 2:52.15 to down a five-year-old record in the 400 free relay. It joins the 200 medley and 400 medley relays records in falling this week. Pumputis finished second in the 200 breast, and Ferraro was third in the 200 fly.

McKenzie Campbell went 1:57.25 in the 200 fly, lowering the record set in 2017 by Laura Branton. She finished fourth in the event. Claudia Butterfield finished fourth in the 200 breast.

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