ranked University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up
competition at the 2007 Purdue Invitational this afternoon, coming away with
405 points for a fifth place finish.
Florida swept the top four spots in the
1,650 freestyle this afternoon, marking the first time during the course of the
meet that two or more Gators finished back-to-back at the top of the leader board.
Ryan Crete (Sarasota, Fla.) finished first with a time of
15:27.82. It was his personal best of the year and moves him to second on
this season’s top-times list. Crete was followed by Cody Kauffman (Harrisburg, Pa.) who
finished with a time of 15:28.64, Joey
Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) who
took third with at time of 15:38.12 while Logan Storie (Corvallis, Ore.) rounded out the top four with a
time of 15:39.11. Eric Shrestha (Tallahassee, Fla.) was seventh in the race, swimming
in with a time of 16:00.36.
Florida had six swimmers place in the
top-24 of the 200-yard backstroke. Skylar
Stroman (Indian Harbour, Fla.) took
seventh overall with a time of 1:50.72. He was followed by Kyle Coan (Plantation, Fla.) who was 10th with a time of
1:520.68. Konstantin Sundin (Stockholm, Sweden) took
12th (1:53.06), Crete was 15th (1:53.98), Michael
Joyce (Vorhees, N.J.) was
17th (1:53.62) and Scott Thompson (Birmingham, Mich.) was 20th with a time of 1:54.78.
Jos Smith (Milledgeville, Ga.) and Brett Jones (Tolland, Conn.) were
the lone finalists for the Gators in the 100-yard freestyle. Smith was
13th overall, placing fifth in the ‘B’ final with a time of 46.50 while Jones
was 19th, taking third in the ‘C’ final with a time of 46.73.
Kyle Deery (Daytona Beach, Fla.) led the way for Florida in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Dery finished sixth overall with a time of 2:05.96. Joyce was 16th
with a time of 2:13.29 and Jarrod
Brinker (Kennisaw, Ga.) was
19th overall with a time of 2:14.76, placing third in the ‘C’ final.
Matt Norton (Port Orange, Fla.) turned in his best time of the
season in the 200-yard butterfly, placing 10th overall with a second place
finish in the ‘B’ final and a time of 1:51.72. He was joined by Shreshta
who placed fifth in the same final with a time of 1:54.56.