Jack Bauerle, long-time head coach of the swim program at the University of Georgia was on leave for the team’s dual meet against North Carolina State over the weekend, pending an academic eligibility investigation on sophomore phenom Chase Kalisz is completed.
The announcement was made just a couple hours before the team’s meet against NC State at the Gabrielsen Natatorium. The case revolves around Kalisz and an academic review. Athletic director Greg McGarity wasn’t anymore specific about the case while announcing Bauerle and Kalisz would be held from competition until the case was resolved. McGarity declined to give any indication of how long the suspension would last, nor would he intimate how long it would take for the investigation to be completed.
Chase Kalisz, who hails from the Maryland area, isn’t a stranger to this type of drama. In his freshman year he deferred enrollment until he was eligible for the spring semseter. Kalisz trains at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, the same team that produced Michael Phelps.
He is the defending NCAA champion in the 400 IM, and is widely considered as the heir apparent to Phelps and defending Olympic champion Ryan Lochte (who is transitioning towards shorter events over the course of the next Olympic cycle) in the longer medley event.
Despite Bauerle’s absence, UGA would come away with the win against NC State, giving him his 500th victory.