The University of Florida
swimming and diving teams may have been split up this weekend, but several will
bring home top times and finishes following day one of the Alabama Classic and
Georgia Invitational and day two of the U.S.A. Short Course Nationals.
At nationals, Clark
Burckle (Louisville, Ky.) turned in his best finish of the meet
thus far, finishing seventh in the 400-yard individual medley. Burckle’s time of 351.52 marked a season best
for the sophomore and was just shy of his personal best time. Burckle was not the only Gator to finish in
the top flight as former Gator Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
turned in a dominating performance to finish first by margin of 5.42
seconds. For Lochte it was his second
first place finish of the meet.
Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
353.02 placed second in the ‘B’ final of the 400 IM with his best swim of the
season in the event to finish 10th overall. Ally was joined by Dustin McLarty (DeLand, Fla.)
who placed 21st overall with a time of 3:58.91. Senior Tobias Work (Falmouth, Mass.)
also turned in a season best time, placing 25th overall with a time
Stephanie Proud (Durham, England)
and former Gator Vipa Bernhardt were the lone Florida representatives in the women’s
race. Proud turned in a time of 4:17.70
to place sixth in the ‘B’ final and 14th overall, while Bernhardt
was 20th overall with a time of 4:21.16.
In the men’s 100-yard
butterfly it was Tim Hughes (Winter
Park, Fla.) who
turned in a season best time of 49.84 seconds to place 37th
overall. Rex Tullius (Port Orange, Fla.)
57th overall with a time of 50.99.
Florida was well represented in the 200-yard
freestyle. For the men, six athletes
competed, led by Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) who finished
seventh in the ‘B’ final and 15th overall with a time of
138.77. Ricardo Monasterio, a former
Gator, placed 34th overall with a time of 1:40.19, Roland Rudolf (Budapest, Hungary)
was 38th with a time of 1:40.45, Work was 43rd (1:40.97),
Daniel Penniman (Pensacola, Fla.)
was 45th (1:41.20) while Barlazs Gercsak (Budapest, Hungary) rounded out the Gator
finishers, placing 68th (1:44.05).
Caroline Burckle (Louisville, Ky.)
turned in the best time of a Gator woman in the 200 free, placing 13th
overall with a fifth place finish in the ‘B’ final with a time of 1:47.39.
Fellow senior Natalie Pike (Boca Raton, Fla.) was 22nd with a time of 148.22 while
Proud was 56th with a time of 1:50.94 and junior Laurabeth Guenthner
(Wellington, Fla.) placed 61st with at ime
fo 151.14. Liz
Kemp (Potomac, Md.)
was 79th with a time of 1:52.00 and Kim Larson (Longwood, Fla.)
was 93rd with a time of 1:52.74.
Lochte fell just short of
his third first place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. The former Gator was second with a time of
56.41. Burckle and Ally also finished
well. Burckle placed 26th
overall with a time of 56.41 while Ally was not far behind, placing 30th
with a time of 57.08.
Bernhardt touched the wall
in 1:02.17 in the women’s 100 breast to earn a 12th place overall
finish. She was joined by Caroline
Burckle who took 19th overall with a time of 1:02.89.
Rudolf had the best finish
for the men in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing 19th overall with
a time of 49.24. Tullius was just behind
him, placing 23rd with a time of 49.55. Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England)
was the Gators’ lone female competitor, finishing 35th with at time
The Gator women’s team of
Burckle, Pike, Guenthner and Stephanie Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
combined to finish 10th in the 800-yard free relay. The foursome turned in a time of 7:24.20.
Florida swimmers were also in action at the Alabama
Classic tonight. Elizabeth Goldson (Glen Cove, N.Y.) had a top finish for Florida in the 400-meter freestyle, taking
first with a time of 4:17.60, setting a new personal best and earning an NCAA
provisional qualifying time. She was
joined on the men’s side by Logan Storie (Corvallis,
Ore.) who marked the Gators best
finish with a time of 3:59.63 to take third.
In the 200-meter
individual medley it was Stacy Nedrud (Melbourne
Beach, Fla.) who
touched the wall in 2:22.49 to place fourth and set a new personal best. Skylar Stroman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.)
had the top time for the men, finishing fifth in 210.17.
Senior Samantha Vanderbilt
(Nashville, Tenn.) led the charge for the women in the
50-meter free. Vanderbilt touched the
wall with a time of 27.06, to take fourth place. Jos Smith (Milledgeville, Ga.)
was second for the men, touching in with a time of 23.85.
Vanderbilt returned not
much later in the evening to team up with Amanda Hartley (Tallahassee,
Fla.), Julianne Lago (Miami,
Fla.) and Colleen Healy (Cape Coral, Fla.)
to take the top spot in the 400-meter medley relay. The team touched in with a time of
4:16.88. On the men’s side it was
Stroman along with Michael Joyce (Voorhees, N.J.), Matt Norton (Port Orange,
Fla.) and Grant Johnson (Clearwater, Fla.)
for a time of 3:58.14 and a second place finish.
Gator divers were also in
action at the Georgia Invitational. All
Gator divers finished in the top 10 on the one-meter board, led by Monica
Dodson (Franklin, Ind.) who finished third with a score of 272.45. She was followed by Jeniree
Flores (San Cristobal Tachira, Venezuela) in fourth with a score
of 266.85. Jeanna
Bartell (Gainesville, Fla.)
and Jennifer Funch (Cincinnati,
Oh.) rounded out the top six for Florida, finishing fifth and sixth
respectively with scores of 263.95 and 236.20.
Whitney Stern (Safety Harbor,
Fla.) finished ninth with a score
of 259.95 while Sarah Ellerby turned in a 10th place finish with a
score of 243.10. Aaron Leech (Newark, Del.) was Florida’s lone male
competitor, finishing third on the three-meter board with a score of 311.82
All Gator swimmers will
hit the pool again tomorrow at their respective events. Preliminaries for
Nationals and Georgia Invitational will begin at 9:30 while prelims for the
Alabama Classic will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET.