14-18 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Bulldog Last Chance meet in Athens will start on Feb. The nerves are still there for head coach Jack Bauerle despite this being his 36th time coaching the SEC Championship for the women's team and the 33rd time coaching the men's team."I always get nervous," Bauerle said. Whatever we do, that will be the best we can do."The Georgia women (8-1, 4-0 SEC) will attempt to take home a SEC title for the seventh time in eight seasons.

"I'm just nervous for them, I want them to have a great experience. The Bulldogs’ streak of six championships in a row was snapped last year by Texas A&M.“We really just have to keep our heads down and fight during practice right now,” senior Olivia Smoliga said on Jan. It is a completely different story for the Bulldog men (7-1, 3-0 SEC).

Ball won the 3-meter diving event with a score of 375.80 in 2015.

Now with the calendar flipped a month to February, more important meets loom on the upcoming schedule.

The Southeastern Conference Championships will go from Feb.

Chelsea Britt, a transfer from Florida State, will be swimming in her first SEC Championship meet this upcoming week. If a swimmer earns an A-cut, then they will automatically qualify in that event at the NCAA Championships.

When she was a Seminole, the ACC Championship was split up into two meets with the women swimming in one and the men swimming in another. If a B-cut time is swam, then the swimmers will have a chance to swim that event at the NCAA Championships so long as the event has not been filled with all A-cut times, which rarely happens.

But once she arrived at Georgia, Thatcher decided she needed to expand her abilities in order to define herself as a diver.“I walked on [at Georgia],” Thatcher said.

“Not a lot of girls do tower, so it was really my opportunity to contribute to the team.”Thatcher began competing in platform her freshman year, learning from divers such as former Bulldog Laura Ryan, who is now with Team USA.

Before the freshman stepped foot on campus at Georgia, he often made the three-hour trek from his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, to Knoxville, Tennessee, in order to use the University's facilities.

On Tuesday, Georgia kicked off one of its longest weeks of the season at the Southeastern Conference swimming & diving championships. 4 Georgia women (8-1) in second place with 155 points, trailing Texas A&M by three.

Making her mark Growing up in Downingtown, Pa., platform diving was far from Thatcher’s mind.