Posted: 10:30 am Monday, March 24th, 2014

Another national title for UGA as Harvey Humphries keeps swim teams on course 

By Chip Towers

Georgia's women's swimming and diving team won its sixth national championship in Minnesota on Saturday night. Coach Harvey Humphries (front row, third from right) guided the team in Jack Bauerle's absence. (UGA photo)

Georgia’s women’s swimming and diving team won its sixth national championship in Minnesota on Saturday night. Coach Harvey Humphries (front row, fifth from right) guided the team in Jack Bauerle’s absence. (UGA photo)

ATHENS – Harvey Humphries has barely slept in the last 48 hours and there’s only a whisper left in his voice. But he is one happy Bulldog.

Humphries is senior associate head coach for Georgia’s men’s and women’s swim teams. But this season, with coach Jack Bauerle mired in controversy, Humphries has been more like an interim head coach. And it has been going very well in the interim.

With Humphries at the helm, the Lady Bulldogs this past weekend secured their sixth national championship in Minneapolis. And it wasn’t close. Georgia rolled up 528 points in the three-day meet to out-distance Stanford (402.5) and Cal (386) by a few pool lengths.

“That was the game plan for the whole year, to try to do that,” said Humphries, who has been with the program 39 years including his time as a UGA swimmer. “The main thing was all the athletes had a fantastic experience. And it would have been a great experience regardless of what happened because they came together as a team so well this year. The kind of spirit and competitiveness they have, they would have left with a lot of great memories anyway. But there’s nothing wrong with bringing a nice trophy home!”

For that, Humphries deserves more than a little credit. He has kept Georgia’s ship afloat and heading in the right direction in a year it easily could have been swamped by scandal. Bauerle, one of the most decorated swim coaches in history, has been suspended for meets since Jan. 4 because of his involvement in an “academic eligibility matter.” A three-months-long investigation continues into that matter, which also resulted in the suspension of star swimmer Chase Kalisz. Kalisz since has had his eligibility restored.

But Humphries downplays his role in weathering the storm. He said Bauerle has been intimately involved in every aspect of preparation before meets. UGA simply has required Bauerle not travel for or be “on the deck” during meets.

“It’s not a huge burden because Jack’s still on deck during the week,” Humphries said. “We’re used to having Jack around preparing the team during the week and, when we go to meets, we’re used to not having him there. So everybody’s kind of got their jobs and the kids all know what they’re doing and everything works real well. It probably would’ve been more of a stress if this had been the first time Jack wasn’t around, but he hasn’t been on the deck for any the meets.”

The Lady Dogs wrapped up their wire-to-wire win late Saturday night in Minneapolis. They celebrated into the wee hours at a place called Jax Café. Humphries presided over what has become a UGA swimming tradition after nationals.

“They had a big room set up for us banquet style,” Humphries said. “Shannon Vreeland’s parents set it up. They had a microphone, so I spoke and all the coaches spoke and all the seniors spoke. It’s the last time all those people in that room are going to be together, for the most part. So everybody stands up and tells everybody what it meant to them to be a Bulldog. None of them makes it through without crying. It’s great.”

Humphries relayed this story as he stood in his Athens bedroom unpacking and repacking a suitcase. The men’s team is leaving for its NCAA Championships at the University of Texas on Monday afternoon. It was 6 degrees when Humphries boarded the team bus in Minneapolis Sunday morning and it will be 71 degrees when he steps off the plane in Austin later today.

“We feel like we have one of our best and most talented men’s teams we’ve ever taken to a meet,” Humphries said of the men’s chances. “We’ve been pretty consistently in the top 10. We’re also real excited because we have a lot of guys that have a chance to win an NCAA title. We have more individual male NCAA champions than any other school. This year we probably have a better chance to score more points in the relays than we ever have. We’re hoping for one of our best finishes ever.”

With Humphries at the helm, clearly everything is still possible.

21 comments
MoistDawg
MoistDawg

were gonna need a bigger trophy case lol!!!

Classof98
Classof98

Way to go girls!!!  You make the Bulldog Nation PROUD!!!!

SLR
SLR

GO DAWGS!

JaySly
JaySly

all i care about is titles in football and basketball--when those teams going to start winning?  im tired of this.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Missy Franklin should have signed with UGA. She came close to doing so after olympics, but Georgia made her pay for not signing by beating her and Cal.

Go Dawgs!

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S  !!!

Coach Harvey Humphries and the UGA Lady Bulldogs swimming and diving team.


Job Well  Done.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

Congratulations to the Lady Dawg swimmers. Thank goodness none of them ran a stop sign or else this story would have been tabled and the traffic stop story would have been inserted in its place.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Sounds like a tainted win to me. Could the NCAA strip them of the title if academic fraud has occurred?

andrech3
andrech3

Hey Toady Poady, go jump in the pool....Dawgs Rule!

POAD2013
POAD2013

Congrats UGA LADY Athletes.


If you wear Panties and go to UGa you can win a National Championships......the Boyz? Not so much.


The GIRLS College and Plantation of Georgia winning trophies; while the Plantation Boys are getting ARRESTED and CRYING they are ELITE.........


How do these YOUNG PEOPLE NOT have a LEGAL Drivers License?

Coaches are PAID MILLIONS the least you think the Coach could do is make sure the players have a VALID DRIVERS LICENSE.

I thought UGa had a HIGHLY Intelligent Student Body? I keep hearing UGa fans talk about how UGa is one of the TOP SEC Institutions of Higher Learning but the Athletes keep getting arrested for DUMB choices. 

Son you need to Get /Have a LICENSE to DRIVE  If you do not have a License to Drive then guess what? You Don't Drive. 

The President, Politicians, Police, Preachers, Teachers and you name it are supposed to be RESPECTED but they don't follow the LAW so I guess it is no surprise the players think the LAWS don't apply to them either.

thebucket
thebucket

Congratulations to swim team champs!

te29wr
te29wr

More than your IQ  D dog

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

29 National Championships The University of Georgia listed on SEC WebPages :


http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/SECSPORTS/THESEC/SECNationalChampions.aspx


Baseball - 1990

Football - 1980 - AP Poll National Championship

Men's Golf - 1990 and 2005

Men's Tennis - 1985, 87, 99 2001, 2007 and 2008


Women's Golf - 2001

Women's Gymnastics - 1987, 89, 93, 98, 99, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009

Women's Tennis- 1994 and 2000

Women's Swimming and Diving  - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2013 and now 2014 for


29 NC UGA on SECsports.com


Georgie tek won an AP Poll National Championship in Women's Tennis a long time ago, their only ever AP Poll National Championship in ANY sport, ever.


http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/SECSPORTS/THESEC/SECNationalChampions.aspx


Other lists show us with 34, and this # 35. Maybe that counts Equestrian.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Congrats to the Lady Water Dawgs.

Classof98
Classof98

@FoSho  I care about as much for women's swimming as basketball.


Where do you think you are?  Kentucky?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@HotDawg  Yes the UGa Wet Rats made her PAY by her not having to be in the Redneck Cesspool of Athens over Berkeley. Maybe she is a Liberal and doesn't want to be around all the TRAILER TRASH Southerners at the White Girls College & Plantation of Georgia. I'm sure she is just crying herself to sleep over that choice of not attending UGa.......LMAO... the OLYMPIC Medals are so less VALUABLE than the NCAA Trophy and Rings.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Typical...Rolllll Tuurrrrd