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Sophomore Lucas Salatta earned an NCAA automatic qualifying time en route to winning the 200 back.

Friday January 26, 2007Gator Men Record 500th All-Time Win With 132-103 Defeat of Tennessee

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Sophomore Lucas Salatta earned an NCAA automatic qualifying time en route to winning the 200 back.

A boisterous crowd of more than 800 people turned out to watch the eighth-ranked University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team (7-5, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) earn its 500th all-time dual-meet win with a 132-103 victory over No. 14 Tennessee on Friday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

“It’s a true testament to the program to be able to sustain a high level of success over such a long period of time,” Florida head coach Gregg Troy said. “The SEC is traditionally one of the toughest swimming conferences in the country, and to reach a milestone like this while swimming against such great competition is something special.”

 

Sophomores Lucas Salatta (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Jonathan Wilcox (Bellevue, Wash.) were the highlights of the men’s action on Friday. Salatta recorded an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 1:42.74 in the 200 back en route to finishing first, while Wilcox swept the diving events and broke his own school record in the 3M dive with a score of 436.13. Wilcox’s previous record, which came last season, was a mark of 408.92.

 

UF won seven events on the night before exhibitioning the final two races, and also collected four NCAA qualifying standards against the Vols. In addition to Salatta’s NCAA A cut in the 200 back, freshman Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) won the 200 free with an NCAA-provisional and career-best time of 1:36.91 and sophomore Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) collected an NCAA B cut and a win in the 400 IM with a time of 3:52.58. Freshman Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.), swimming exhibition in the 200 breast, also turned in a career-best time with a 1:59.97 that was good for an NCAA provisional cut.

 

Florida also got wins from Burckle in the 1,000 free (9:21.36) and sophomore Cody Kauffman (Harrisburg, Pa.) in the 500 free (4:28.51). Junior Grant Johnson (Clearwater, Fla.) took runner-up honors in the 500 free (4:30.41), as did junior Kevin Nead (Ithaca, N.Y.) in the 400 IM (3:54.88), sophomore Jos Smith (Milledgeville, Ga.) in the 100 free (45.44) and freshman Skylar Stroman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.) in the 200 back.

 

“We had some young guys step up and do really well tonight,” Troy said. “We were solid across the board. I’m excited about where we’re at now that the conference meet is only two weeks away, and I think we’ll do some really good things there.”

 

Florida is back in action on Saturday afternoon in the O’Connell Center, squaring off with FAU at 1 p.m. EST. Diving is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., while swimming action will commence at 1 p.m.

 

Men’s Results (Florida 132, Tennessee 103)

 

Event

Winner

Time

1M Dive

Jonathan Wilcox (Florida)

319.58

200 MR

Boswell, Murphy, Engle, Alesi (Tennessee)

1:28.57

1,000 Free

Clark Burckle (Florida)

9:21.36

200 Free

Shaune Fraser (Florida)

1:36.91

50 Free

Octavio Alesi (Tennessee)

20.22

400 IM

Bradley Ally (Florida)

3:52.58

3M Dive

Jonathan Wilcox (Florida)

436.13

200 Fly

Michael Wolfe (Tennessee)

1:47.97

100 Free

Octavio Alesi (Tennessee)

44.91

200 Back

Lucas Salatta (Florida)

1:42.74

500 Free

Cody Kauffman (Florida)

4:28.51

200 Breast

Jeffrey Sudbury (Tennessee)

2:09.27

200 FR

Morrell, Czarnecki, Wright, Boswell (Tennessee)

1:23.93

 

 

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