The No. 5 ranked University of Florida men’s swim team earned seven
first place finishes and swept the top three spots in three events to defeat
No. 12 Purdue University, 137-125, tonight at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida
improves to 6-1 overall on the season.
Florida was led by Bradley
Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) who totaled 19 points for the
Gators thanks to one first place, two second place and one third place
finishes. Ally won what was perhaps the
most important race of the night for the Gators, the 400-yard individual
medley, touching the wall with a time of 3:54.33 to help the Gators secure the
win. The 400 IM second place finisher, Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands),
swam his way to one first one second and one third place finish for a total of
16 points. Tim Hughes (Winter
Park, Fla.) earned a total of
12 points for his team with three second place finishes for Florida.
“Shaune Fraser and Bradley
Ally were great tonight. They stood up and swam repetitive swims. They kind of
saved the team,” said Head Coach Gregg
Troy. “If those two guys don’t stand
up and swim real well then we are in trouble.
A guy like Cody Kauffman did a great job also.”
Joey Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale,
first victory of the evening, taking the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of
9:11.94. Pedraza was followed by Dustin McLarty (DeLand,
Fla.) who swam his way to a time of
9:15.92 and Cody Kauffman (Harrisburg, Pa.)
who finished third with a time of 9:16.10.
Grant Johnson (Clearwater, Fla.)
gave the Gators their second win
of the night, touching first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of
1:38.53. Jos Smith (Milledgeville,
Ga.) earned his first top
three finish of the night with a third place time of 1:41.40. Matt Norton touched in fourth with a time of
1:42.48 while Logan Storie (Corvallis, Ore.)
finished sixth with a time of 1:43.10 after swimming in the first heat of
Ally raced to a third place
finish in the 100-yard breast stroke, touching in with a time of 57.11. He was followed by Kyle Deery (Daytona Beach,
Fla.) who touched in right
behind him with a time of 58.92.
Florida headed into the break in style, placing swimmers
in the top two spots thanks to solid swims by Fraser and Hughes. Fraser touched in first with a time of
1:46.87 followed by Hughes in second with a time of 1:47.67. Clark Burckle
(Louisville, Ky.) rounded out the top four with a
swim of 1:48.35.
Daniel Penniman (Pensacola,
touched the wall with Florida’s
best finish in the 50-yard free of third.
His time of 20.88 placed him ahead of teammate Smith who finished fifth
with a time of 21.38.
Out of the intermission,
Johnson turned in a third place finish in the 100-yard free to give the Gators
their top time in the event. Smith
followed, finishing fourth with his time of 46.81. Brett Jones also turned in a seventh place
time of 48.53.
Tullius gave the Gators a
big boost in the 200-yard back with his first place swim of 1:48.45. He out-touched second place finisher and
Purdue stand-out Romain Maire
by just four one-hundreths of a second. Roland Rudolf finished .50 behind with a time
of 1:48.99 to take third. Stroman and Pedraza
also turned in sixth and eighth place finishes respectively with times of
1:55.40 and 1:58.43. Pedraza’s
swim was part of the first heat of the race.
to swim the 200-yard breast and was just out-touched at the wall by Purdue’s
Jin-Soo Kim. Kim
finished with a time of 2:01.63 while Ally touched in with his time of
2:01.78. Deery finished fourth for the
Gators with a time of 2:06.57 and Kevin Nead
in his first meet since returning from France, took fifth with a time of
2:11.14. Jarrod Brinker (Kennesaw,
Ga.), who swam in the first
heat of the race placed seventh overall with a time of 2:14.63.
Only up two heading into
the 500-yard free, Florida
received the boost it needed, sweeping the event en route to jumping up 15
points. Ryan Crete (Sarasota,
Fla.) finished 2.36 seconds
ahead of the field, winning the event with a time of 4:32.00. Storie followed touching the wall in 4:34.36
while Kauffman touched in third with a time of 4:34.46 to give the Gators the
sweep. Eric Shrestha’s (Tallahassee,
Fla.) time of 4:35.90 from
the first heat of the race was good enough to place him in fourth.
Purdue cut the lead to just
eight points with Andrew Langenfeld’s win in the
100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.91.
Hughes was a close second, touching the wall in 49.37 seconds. Walsh turned in a fourth place finish with a
time of 50.03 while Penniman finished sixth with a time of 50.74.
Florida answered right
back, securing the win in the 400-yard individual medley thanks to a sweep of
the top four spots on the leader board.
Ally led the way for the Gators, touching in with a time of
3:54.33. He was followed by Fraser
(3:55.07), McLarty (3:55.72) and Nead (3:59.57). Ally’s time was the lone provisional ‘B’ cut
time in the event for the Gators.
In the final event of the
and Purdue split the top two spots with the Boilermakers coming out on top in
the 200-yard free relay with a combined time of 1:22.60. Florida’s
Penniman, Hughes, Smith and Fraser combined to finish with a time of 1:23.02,
good enough for second place.
“We had some people that
were really good and we had some people that are nowhere near where they need
to be,” said Troy. “Purdue raced us really tough. They have a
great dual meet team and raced us very tough. We had some spots that we weren’t
prepared very well in.”
In Athens, Georgia,
divers took to the boards for the second day of the Georgia Diving
Invitational. The Gators best finish came from Jeanna Bartell (Boca Raton,
Fla.) on the three-meter
board. Bartell continued her solid weekend of diving, finishing 14th in
the preliminaries with a score of 234.65. Whitney Stern (Safety Harbor, Fla.) followed closely with a 15th place score of
234.25 while Monica Dodson (Franklin, Ind.)
was 16th with a total of 233.05 points.
For the men, Aaron Leech (Newark, Del.)
turned in a 21st place showing on the one-meter board with a total of 242.60
points. He was joined in the standings by Grayson Patten (West Palm Beach,
Fla.), who improved on yesterday’s
standing, placed 34th with 210.20 points.
Florida and Purdue will renew their battle tomorrow as
both teams will clash once again, along with Indian River Community
The meet is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. in the O’Connell Center. Florida’s
women will also be in action as they host fellow Southeastern Conference foe,
University of Arkansas
as well as IRCC.
Florida’s divers will conclude their stay in Athens, Georgia
tomorrow afternoon, as the Gators take to the platform for one round of