of Florida women’s swimming and diving
team fell behind early and never recovered, suffering their first loss of the
season, 148-95 at the hands of the University
of Georgia this afternoon at Gabrielsen Natatorium on Georgia’s campus. The Gators fall to 3-1
overall and 0-1 in the SEC.
“We were out-manned today, we did not match up well,” said head
coach Gregg Troy. “I’m happy with how we
stayed in the competition, lost too many close races. We were a little short-handed, but still
performed fairly well. Natalie Pike was really
good today, so was Caroline Burckle.
There were some bright spots, Liz Kemp was
really good, Julianne Lago was better than what we had been seeing.”
Burckle (Louisville, Ky.) remained
undefeated in individual events this year, swimming in with a time of 8:46.54
in the 800 free to earn Florida’s
first victory of the day. Laurabeth Geunthner
placed third with a time of 9:00.28 while Elizabeth
Goldson (Glen Cove, N.Y.)
and Madison Parker (Biloxi, Miss.)
took fourth and fifth place finishes respectively. Burckle later earned her second first place
finish of the day, taking the top spot just ahead of Guenthner in the 400 free. Burckle touched first with a time of 4:17.09
and Guenthner out-touched Kelsey Ditto at the wall for second with a time of
Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.) earned the first provisional
qualifying time of the day for the Gators as she touched in second in the 50
free with a time of 26.73. She was
followed by Colleen Healy (Cape Coral, Fla.) who
finished fifth, Samantha Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.) who
earned the sixth spot and Caroline Drab
(Lund, Sweden) rounded out the top
Pike earned herself her second provisional qualifying time, this
time in the 200 IM with a time of 2:21.43, also good enough for a second place
finish. Stacy Nedrud (Melbourne, Fla.), Coral Lopez (Guaynabo,
Puerto Rico) and Jenny Lago (Wellington, Fla.)
rounded out the top eight, finishing in places six through eight.
Lago (Miami, Fla.) earned the first provisional
qualifying time of her collegiate career with a second place finish in the 200
butterfly. She touched the wall just six
one hundredths of a second behind Georgia’s Elizabeth Hill with a
time of 2:18.79. She was followed by
freshman Sarah Sykes (Jacksonville,
Fla.) and Lindsay Woodward (Assonet,
Mass.). Sykes finished third with a time of 2:20.13
while Woodward was fifth with a time of 2:25.26.
Pike returned to the water in the 100 free event
and once again earned a provisional qualifying time of 57.91, touching first. Elizabeth
Kemp (Potomac, Md.) was not far behind, finishing third
with a provisional time of 58.08.
Still without NCAA Champion Gemma
Spofforth (West Sussex, England),
the Gators took the fourth and fifth place finishes in the 200 backstroke
event. Nedrud took fourth with a time of
2:24.48 and was followed by senior Samantha Vanderbilt who placed fifth with a
time of 2:26.00.
Hartley (Tallahassee, Fla.) was Florida’s top finisher
in the 200 breast, touching in at fourth place with a time of 2:42.80.
The relays proved the be a challenge for the
Gators, who got another provisional time from their 400 free ‘A’ relay
team. Pike, Burckle, Kemp and Napier
earned a second place finish with a time of 3:50.40. In the first event of the afternoon
Vanderbilt, Hartley, Healy and Napier combined for a third place finish in the
400 medley relay with a time of 4:24.81.
On the diving boards, the Gators turned in solid performances,
receiving first place points from freshman Monica
Dodson (Franklin, Ind.) in the one-meter event. Dodson’s score of 253.35 was enough for the
win while Whitney Stern (Safety Harbor, Fla.)
was third with a score of 239.62. Jeana Bartell (Boca Raton, Fla.)
was fifth with 231.66 points. The three
returned later for the three-meter event and finished 2-3-4. Bartell led the way with 287.40 points and
was followed by Dodson (283.65) and Stern (262.50).