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Weir helps UGA relay to another American record

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -Brookwood grad Amanda Weir helped the Georgia women set an American record and stay atop the standings on Friday night at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Weir, Mary DeScenza, Kara Lynn Joyce and Elizabeth Hill won the 800-yard freestyle relay in 7 minutes, 1.03 seconds, an NCAA and American record time. The clocking was considerably lower than the previous American record of 7:04.06, set in 1992 by Stanford and tied by Georgia at the 2005 SEC Championships.

Joyce and Weir joined Paige Kearns and Andrea Georoff on another relay championship team on Thursday night, finishing the 200 free relay in an NCAA, American and U.S. Open record 1:28.10. The freshman from Lawrenceville also swam on an NCAA champion 400 medley relay on Thursday.

Weir also was second on Friday night in the 200 free with a personal-best time of 1:45.07, the third-best in Bulldog history. On Thursday night, Weir was third in the 50 free.

"Amanda Weir was absolutely great tonight," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "Amanda's swims could have been our most important swims (on Friday). She really helped us out in the 200 free and again on the end of the (800 free) relay. She has really risen to the occasion and we are seeing the Amanda that we knew was there."

Georgia has a meet-best 422.5 points entering today's final day of the meet. Three-time defending national champion Auburn is second at 329.

-From staff reports