Academic eligibility review ensnares Bauerle, top swimmer

semerson@macon.comJanuary 4, 2014 

SEC Swimming and Divinig

Jack Bauerle has coached the Georgia women's swimming team to five national championships, most recently in 2013.

TODD J. VAN EMST — Todd J. Van Emst

Jack Bauerle, the longtime and very successful leader of Georgia's swimming and diving program, will not lead the team in competition pending review of an academic matter. One of his top male swimmers is also being kept out of the pool for now.

UGA said it is conducting an "academic eligibility review," and pending its completion Bauerle and sophomore swimming Chase Kalisz will be "withheld from team competition."

A team spokesman said Bauerle was still allowed to conduct practice, so the action by UGA is only directed at meets.

So Bauerle will not be leading the team in Saturday's home meet against N.C. State, or an ongoing diving meet this weekend at the Ramsey Center. The Georgia swim team's next meets are next weekend, at Texas A&M and then Texas.

Bauerle may be the most successful head coach at Georgia, winning five national team championships, most recently last year. He has also won 10 SEC championships.

He has coached Georgia's women's swimming program since 1979, and the men's program since 1983. All five of his NCAA championships (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2013) came with the women.

Bauerle was the U.S. women's swimming head coach for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Kalisz, who hails from Bel Air, Md., won the NCAA title in the 400 individual medley last year. He holds Georgia's school records in the 200 and 400 individual medleys, and was the SEC freshman of the year in 2013.

He was also named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

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