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Rex Tullius turned in two first place and one second place finish

Thursday November 8, 2007No. 7 Florida Men's Swimming Defeats Kentucky, 165-129

Lexington, Ky

Rex Tullius turned in two first place and one second place finish

The No. 7 University of Florida menís swimming and diving team used eight first place finishes to earn their fourth road win of the season at Kentucky, 165-129.Florida is now 4-1 (2-0, SEC) on the year and remain undefeated against Kentucky, standing at 14-0 all-time.

 

As has been the case for much of the season, the 400-yard medley relay team set the stage for the meet as they swam to the wall with a time of 3:18.51 to clinch the victory.Rex Tullius (Port Orange, Fla.), Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.), Tim Hughes (Winter Park, Fla.) and Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) combined to just out-touch Kentuckyís ĎAí squad at the wall by .46 seconds.

 

Fraser added to his first place finishes this season with the top time in the 100-yard freestyle.Fraser swam a season-best and team leading time of 45.50 to take the win over Kentuckyís Eric McGinnis, one of the summerís feel-good stories out of U.S. Nationals.Fraser also finished fourth in the 50-yard free with a time of 21.26, just outstretching Hughes who finished with a time of 21.28.

 

Freshman Joey Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) earned his first career victory as he led a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the 1,000-yard freestyle.Pedraza swam a new season best time of 9:18.21 to seal the win.He finished well ahead of second place finisher and teammate Logan Storie (Corvallis, Ore.) who took second with a time of 9:25.43.Eric Shrestha (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Grant Johnson (Clearwater, Fla.) rounded out the top four with times of 9:27.56 and 9:42.96, respectively.

 

Pedraza and Storie would return to the pool later in the afternoon for the 500-yard free and switch places.Storie led the way for the Gators in another four-way sweep, taking first place with a time of 4:33.81.Pedraza followed closely, coming in with a time of 4:34.07.Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Shrestha rounded out the top four.

 

Tullius, who swam the fastest leadoff of the 400 MR, returned to swim his fastest 100-yard back time of the season at 49.54 to earn the win.He was joined on the winners stand by freshman Konstantin Sundin (Stockholm, Sweden) who swam into the third spot (52.02) and Skylar Stroman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.) who took fourth (52.45).Scott Thompson (Birmingham, Mich.) rounded out the Gator finishers with a sixth place showing and a time of 53.72.

 

Aside from the first place finish in the 400 MR, Burckle earned two individual top spots, sweeping the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events with times of 55.78 and 2:01.03.For Burckle it was a season best in the 100 event, bettering his previous top time by over half a second at .56 to move him up to second in the SEC.

 

Kyle Deery (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Mike Joyce (Vorhees, N.J.) joined Burckle in both races.Deery earned himself a third place finish in the 100 event (55.78) and a second place finish in the 200 event (2:07.03).Joyce finished sixth in the 100 event (1:00.57) and fourth in the 200 event with a time of 2:11.46.

Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia) and Dustin McLarty (DeLand, Fla.) had quite the afternoon as well.For Pinzon, the 200-yard butterfly was the first of two first-place times, finishing first with a time of 1:48.69. McLarty swam a personal season-best in the event to take second with a flat time of 1:50.00.McLarty later led the way for the Gators in the 200 backstroke, winning with a time of 1:49.13.Pinzon added to his collection with the top time in the 200-yard individual medley, swimming a Gator season best in short course meters of 1:51.51.Tullius earned his third finish of the day, claiming second with a time of 1:53.38.

 

Florida rounded out the day with a second place finish by their ĎBí squad in the 200 free relay.For Florida it was the first time the men had swum the event in short course meters and Penniman, Fraser, Ally and Hughes all united to take second with a time of 1:22.89, barely missing first place by .43 seconds.

 

On the diving boards Aaron Leech (Newark, Del.) was the lone competitor for the Gators, diving his way to a second place finish on the one meter board with 244.81 points.He would later finish third in the three meter event with a score of 323.35

 

The Gators will now look ahead to November 16-18 when they travel to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. for the Purdue Invitational.The Gators will meet several teams from the Midwest and west coast, including the likes of Missouri and UCLA.

 

 

Event

First Place Finisher

Time

400 Yard Medley Relay

UF, Tullius, Burckle, Hughes, Fraser

3:18.51

1,000 Yard Free

Joey Pedraza, UF

9:18.21

200 Free

Tyler Reed, UK

1:39.97

100 Back

Rex Tullius, UF

49.54

100 Breast

Clark Burckle, UF

55.78

200 Fly

Omar Pinzon, UF

1:48.69

50 Free

Eric McGinnis, UK

20.81

100 Free

Shaune Fraser, UF

45.50

200 Back

Dustin McLarty, UF

1:49.13

200 Breast

Clark Burckle, UF

2:01.03

500 Yard Free

Logan Storie, UF

4:33.81

100 Fly

Warren Grobbelaar, UK

48.87

200 IM

Omar Pinzon

1:51.51

200 FR

UK, McGinnis, Forbes, Grobbelaar, Reed

1:22.39

1 meter Diving

Stephen Andrews, UK

343.73

3 meter Diving

Stephen Andrews, UK

292.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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