Spring Grove High School graduate Hali Flickinger helped the University of Georgia women's team take an early lead at the NCAA swimming and diving championships Wednesday.

Flickinger, an Olympic hopeful, helped the Bulldogs win the 800-yard freestyle relay with a pool- and school-record time of 6 minutes, 51.8 seconds. The relay was the first event at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

Flickinger gave the six-time NCAA champions an early lead with a personal-best time of 1 minute, 42.80 seconds in the leadoff leg. The medley specialist has been moved into new events like the 800 freestyle relay by coach Jack Bauerle.

“I have loved it. It’s something I’ve never swam before,” Flickinger said. “It’s really fun to swim something that I don’t usually swim.”