Bulldog Monthly

Message from the Executive Director:

Dear Georgia Bulldog Club members,

Spring time is upon us in Athens and the campus is never more beautiful than it is during this time period! Congratulations to our recently retired Head Women’s Basketball Coach Andy Landers! Coach Landers led our program for 36 years with dignity and grace. Each of us has a special memory of his teams over the years and all of his accomplishments. Coach Landers is ‘Bulldog to the Bone’ and we wish him well in retirement. Our Men’s Basketball team went dancing again in the NCAA Tournament and they have been a delight to watch play this season. Bulldog Nation filled up Stegeman Coliseum vs. #1 Kentucky for a night to remember by all who came ready to cheer on the Dawgs. Our Women’s Swim & Dive teams finished second in the country! Our Men’s Swim & Dive team heads to nationals this week. Please go to georgiadogs.com to follow the results. We are very proud of the Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track teams for their outstanding performances at the National Championships last week. The Women placed 3rd in the Nation and the Men finished strong at 15th in the country! Way to go Dawgs! Gymnastics had a great finish to the regular season with a home victory over undefeated Utah. Wish them well in the upcoming NCAA Regionals. Several of our Spring sport teams are nationally ranked and we encourage you to bring your family to Foley Field, Spec Towns Track, Dan Magill Tennis Complex and Jack Turner Stadium for a fun filled day of watching our incredible student-athletes compete against the best in the nation. They need your support!

We thank you again for all of your support for Georgia Athletics!

Mark Slonaker
Executive Director
The Georgia Bulldog Club

Staff Feature – Patrick Gray

Athletic News:

Andy Landers Announces Retirement

Feb. 12, 2015 ATHENS, Ga. --- Andy Landers, the only full-time women's basketball head coach in University of Georgia history, announced his retirement on Monday. Landers recently completed his 36th season in Athens, during which he recorded his 850th win with the Lady Bulldogs.

"I feel blessed to have had the privilege of working at the University of Georgia for the past 36 years," Landers said. "Athens is a wonderful community where I have raised my family and had the unwavering support of my wife Pam, my daughter Andrea and my son Drew. I appreciate the support of a wonderful Bulldog Nation...our loyal fans...and the Fastbreak Club members. I owe a special thanks to Coach Vince Dooley for entrusting me with the challenge of building a successful program 36 years ago and to Greg McGarity for continuing that trust and support. A big thank you to Hugh Durham for being a young coach's mentor...to Presidents Davison, Knapp, Adams and Morehead for their guidance and leadership...to all my former and present staff members and coaches who worked tirelessly to help make the success that we have a reality.

"But most of all, I want to thank each and every player for committing to the challenge of being the best they could be...because in so doing they contributed to and established a tradition that fewer than a handful can match. They created a program that ranks among the most elite nationwide. I want to say once more that each and every honor that has come my way is the result of unselfish individuals who believed their team and the name on the front of their jersey was more important than the name on the back. Once again, thanks to everyone who has contributed to and supported Georgia Basketball...just like this University, you're special."

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G-Day Kickoff Time Set for 2 p.m.

ATHENS -- The annual University of Georgia spring G-Day football game on Saturday, April 11, will kick off at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

The game, annually played in Sanford Stadium, will be broadcast on the Bulldog Radio Network from IMG and is scheduled to be televised via the SEC Network-Plus.

Admission to the game is free. Information and updates on G-Day activities and schedules can be found here.

Indoor Athletic Facility Update

As the planning stage continues for the proposed indoor athletic facility at the University of Georgia, campus officials continue to review a number of options for placement of the proposed facility. During the exploratory process, multiple sites throughout the current athletic precinct off Lumpkin Street have been reviewed, as well as sites adjacent to the Jack Turner softball and soccer facilities, off South Milledge Avenue.

At the February 2015 UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors meeting, the indoor athletic facility was discussed, along with preferred locations for the facility; however, no renderings were presented to the Board.

Due to the sensitivity and concern for adherence to proper protocol with regard to planning and construction on the UGA campus, every effort has been made to protect the integrity of the informational and approval process on campus, with our Athletic Board, and with the Board of Regents. It is our intent to "get it right" in every aspect of this project, and this includes full review and approval by the appropriate parties.

As this process continues to develop, we will keep our donors and supporters updated on our progress. We have been very pleased with the response from our donors regarding the desire to assist in the funding for this project, and we look forward to sharing this information once further planning has occurred.

Please check back often on our website, Georgiadogs.com, for future information and periodic updates on this project. To view the renderings, follow this link.

Greg McGarity
J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics

Fifteen Bulldogs Headed To NCAA Championships

Feb. 12, 2015 ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia men's swimming team will have 15 participants at the NCAA Championships later this month, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the NCAA.

The Bulldogs had Gunnar Bentz, Pace Clark, Taylor Dale, Nicolas Fink, Chase Kalisz, Matias Koski, Jay Litherland, Kevin Litherland, Mick Litherland, Jared Markham, Garrett Powell, Ty Stewart and Michael Trice invited to the meet. Alec Cohen and Chris Powell will join the Bulldogs as relay-only alternates.

The NCAAs will take place March 26-28 in Iowa City, Iowa. The Bulldogs placed fifth a year ago.

Fink has the nation's top times this season in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Kalisz, the two-time defending champion in the 400 individual medley, is seeded first in that event and is also sixth in the 200 butterfly and eighth in the 200 individual medley.

Koski is second in the 1,650 freestyle, fourth in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle. Stewart is seeded fifth in the 200 individual medley and 10th in the 200 butterfly. Bentz stands fifth and Jay Litherland is 10th in the 400 individual medley.

Lady Swim Dogs Finish Second at NCAAs

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's women's swimming and diving came in second on Saturday in the NCAA Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Lady Bulldogs, who entered as the two-time defending national champions, rolled up 452 points in the three-day meet, eclipsed only by California's 513. In the last 17 years, Georgia has finished first or second at the national meet 14 times.

"I am really proud of this team, especially our seniors," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "They laid it all on the line every day and never quit battling. We're not able to walk out with the first-place trophy again, but we are walking out with our heads held high. We have a program that's relevant year in and year out, and we were in the hunt again. As a coach, you can't ask for more."

The Lady Bulldogs opened the final day with a strong showing in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Amber McDermott capped her career with a fifth-place showing as she touched in 15:53.19, followed by Rachel Zilinskas in sixth in 15:55.22 and Brittany MacLean in ninth in 15:59.12.

Kylie Stewart came in fifth in the 200-yard backstroke, touching in 1:51.70.

The Lady Bulldogs grabbed more points in the 100-yard freestyle as Chantal Van Landeghem took fifth in 47.48, Maddie Locus came in seventh in 47.88 and Olivia Smoliga placed ninth in 48.23.

Annie Zhu touched in 2:09.17 to wind up 13th in the 200-yard breaststroke.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Hali Flickinger paced the Lady Bulldogs as she went 1:52.73 to wind up third. Lauren Harrington took fourth in 1:53.92 and Megan Kingsley placed 16th in 1:56.72.

The 400-yard freestyle relay of Locus, Smoliga, Harrington and Van Landeghem came in third with a time of 3:12.08.

The highlights show from the NCAAs will air Tuesday, March 31, at 6 p.m., on ESPNU.

Georgia Track & Field Finishes 3rd, 15th At NCAA Championships

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- Powered by two national champions and a runner-up performance, the Georgia women highlighted the NCAA Indoor Championships by finishing third in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday.

The Bulldog men used two scorers to completed the two-day meet in a tie for 15th place with 12 points. This is the best finish for Georgia since the Bulldogs took sixth in 1995.

Arkansas (63) won the women's team title at the Randal Tyson Track Center and Oregon (46.50), Georgia (37), Florida (36) and Kentucky (35) rounded out the rest of top five.

On the men's side, Oregon (74) finished first with Florida (50), Arkansas (39), Texas A&M (33) and Texas Tech (31) completing the top five finishers.

"We didn't reach our goals at this one, but we are happy that we were able to pull out a finish in the top three," said Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton, whose women's team finished in the top 10 for the third straight year and for the sixth time since 2004. "As track coaches, we tend to talk about meets as a good one or a bad one. We just happen to be an awesome team who had an average meet. There were a few places where we wanted some more points, but we did have many highlights. We won the pentathlon and (Quintunya) Chapman scored in that which was great and we scored well in the high jump and triple jump and a couple other spots. This finish reminds us of what we need to do and gives us satisfaction that all of our hard work is paying off, we just have to keep making progress."

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McCoy Named To Ben Hogan Award Watch List

ATHENS, GA --- Georgia junior Lee McCoy has been named to the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, which is presented annually to the top golfer based on all collegiate and amateur competitions during the past 12-month period.

McCoy leads the SEC with a 69.6 scoring average. He has finished first, second, fourth, fifth and 11th in the five tournaments in which he has participated this year. McCoy claimed medalist honors in the Dick's Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup. He was chosen as the SEC Golfer of the Week after his fourth-place showing in the Puerto Rico Classic.

McCoy is individually ranked fourth in the Golfstat Cup Standings and sixth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.

The 24-man watch list includes Jimmy Beck of Kennesaw State, Brian Campbell of Illinois, Charlie Danielson of Illinois, Bryson Dechambeau of SMU, Thomas Detry of Illinois, Matt Gilchrest of Auburn, Gavin Green of New Mexico, Rico Hoey of Southern California, Beau Hossler of Texas, Kyle Jones of Baylor, Jack Maguire of Florida State, Denny McCarthy of Virginia, Maverick McNealy of Stanford, Cheng-Tsung Pan of Washington, Jon Rahm of Arizona State, Max Rotluff of Arizona State, Xander Schauffele of San Diego State, Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech, Robby Shelton of Alabama, Clement Sordet of Texas Tech, Hunter Stewart of Vanderbilt, Scott Vincent of Virginia Tech and Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest.

The list of 10 semifinalists will be unveiled on April 15. On May 6, that group will be pared down to three finalists who will attend a black-tie banquet announcing the winner at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 18, prior to the start of the PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Past Hogan Award winners include Georgia's Chris Kirk in 2007.

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Georgia Earns No. 1 Seed for SEC Championship

ATHENS, GA --- The Georgia equestrian team has received the No. 1 seed for the Southeastern Conference Championship. The Bulldogs concluded the regular season with a 9-4 record, which includes a 4-2 record in SEC play. The championship will take place March 27-28 at the Hildebrand Equestrian Complex in College Station, Texas.

Seeding for the SEC Equestrian Championships is determined by conference winning percentage at the conclusion of a six-meet conference regular season schedule for each team, during which each squad faces every SEC foe home and away. In the semifinal round of competition on March 27, the No. 1 and No. 4 seed will face off, as well as the No. 3 and 4 seed. The two losing teams will meet in a consolation round the following day. The two winning teams from the semifinals will then meet in the championship finals on March 28.

South Carolina will be the No. 2 seed with a 4-2 SEC record and 9-3 overall record. Texas A&M is the No. 3 seed and will enter the championship with a 7-5 record, including a 3-3 mark in SEC action. Auburn checks in as the No. 4 seed and owns a 6-6 record and 1-5 notch in the SEC.

Continue to check back to www.georgiadogs.com for the latest updates on the Georgia equestrian team.

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