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Tuesday November 21, 2006Men's And Women's Swimming Fall To Florida State

Tallahassee, FL

Despite winning six individual events on Tuesday evening, the sixth-ranked University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team (4-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) was handed its first loss of the season, 162-138, by No. 13 Florida State. Freshman Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) won three individual events for the Gator men (2-4, 2-2 SEC), but the team could also not overcome the 16th-ranked Seminoles, falling 172-128.

 

“We swam pretty well in spots, but we weren’t as ready as they were tonight,” Florida head coach Gregg Troy said. “I’m proud of the way we raced in the back half of the meet, but we were a little erratic. We’re a bit thin in a few areas, and we need to go to work.”

 

Sophomore Laurabeth Guenthner (Wellington, Fla.) highlighted the meet for the UF women, winning the 500 free with an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 4:52.27 and claiming runner-up honors in the 1,000 free (9:55.82). Freshman Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England) also turned in a solid meet for the Gators, notching a win in the 200 individual medley (2:03.89) and a third-place finish in the 200 back (2:00.47) – both NCAA B cuts.

 

Florida also got wins from sophomore Stephanie Cota (Granite Bay, Calif.) in the 1,000 free (9:55.25), junior Caroline Burckle (Louisville, Ky.) in the 200 free with a provisional time of 1:48.62, senior Candace Weiman (Castro Valley, Calif.) in the 200 fly with an NCAA B time of 2:00.73 and junior Samantha Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.) in the 100 back (56.64). Junior Leah Retrum (Columbus, Ind.) added a runner-up showing in the 200 back, clocking an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:59.53.

 

“Stephanie Cota and Laurabeth Guenthner kept us in the meet with the way they swam the distance events tonight,” Troy said. “Caroline Burckle also swam really well, and did some things for us that she normally doesn’t do.”

 

Fraser continued his strong rookie campaign against Florida State, picking up wins in the 200 free (1:38.04), 100 fly (48.78) and 200 fly (1:47.69). His effort in the 200 fly was good for his third NCAA provisional time of the season in that event. Freshman Roland Rudolf (Budapest, Hungary) contributed a win in the 500 free (4:25.73), as well as a runner-up finish in the 200 free (1:38.37).

 

Sophomore Lucas Salatta (Sao Paulo, Brazil) collected a win and an NCAA B cut in the 200 back (1:46.38), while also chipping in with a second-place finish in the 100 back with a time of 49.20. Another sophomore, Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), also picked up a win and a runner-up finish, as he placed first in the 200 IM (1:51.06) and took second in the 200 breast (1:59.86). Junior Tobias Work (Falmouth, Mass.) turned in a second-place effort in the 1,000 free (9:11.64), and freshman Omar Pinzon’s (Bogota, Colombia) NCAA provisional time of 1:47.04 in the 200 back was good for second.

 

“Shaune Fraser was outstanding for us, coming from behind to win three races against tough competition,” Troy said. “Roland Rudolf is also swimming really well, even though he’s not swimming his best events because of our team depth. We swam well, but you have to give credit to Florida State for being ready to race.”

 

Both the Florida men and women will be in action again from Nov. 30-Dec. 2, when selected members of the squads head to West Lafayette, Ind., for the U.S. Open. The remaining team members will travel to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Invitational at the Jamail Aquatic Center.

 

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