Academic issue lands UGA swim coach in hot water

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By Chip Towers

ATHENS – In the record books, Georgia swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle won his 500th and 501st career victories in a dual men’s and women’s meet against N.C. State at UGA’s Gabrielson Natatorium this past Saturday. But Bauerle actually was not in attendance. Neither was his top male swimmer.

An academic eligibility issue has left both Bauerle and sophomore Chase Kalisz under suspension. The pair was indefinitely sidelined by UGA until the athletic association’s compliance department can complete a review of events that took place after Kalisz’s academic eligibility came into question sometime after the fall semester ended last month.

Jack Bauerle

In 2013, Georgia swim coach Jack Bauerle guided the Lady Bulldogs to their fifth NCAA title and their 10th SEC crown and earned National and SEC Coach of the Year honors. ( Dayna Prestage / UGA Sports)

Georgia is staying very tight-lipped about the situation, and so is Bauerle.

“I can’t say anything at this time,” Bauerle said on Sunday. “Hopefully things will get ironed out.”

Both Bauerle and Kalisz continue to practice with the teams but neither is able to attend meets. The Bulldogs went on without them this past weekend when they faced N.C. State. Under the guidance of senior associate head coach Harvey Humphries and Georgia’s other assistants, the No. 4 Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-0 while the No. 10-ranked men improved 6-1 in a close 14-point victory. The Bulldogs’ next meet is Friday at Texas A&M.

Bauerle has had a squeaky-clean reputation for compliance at UGA. During his 35-year tenure his only reprimand to date was calling a recruit more than once in a week, which is a secondary violation.

In terms of competition, Bauerle is one of the most successful coaches at Georgia. He has won five national championships and 10 SEC championships (all with the women’s team). He has also coached internationally since 2001, including serving as head coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s team at the 2008 Beijing Games

Kalisz, a sophomore from Bel Air, Md., won the NCAA 400-meter individual medley title as a freshman last year. He was named SEC freshman of the year and currently holds UGA records in the 200 and 400 individual medley.

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