University of Florida No. 5 men’s and No. 7 women’s swimming and diving teams
used a combined 14 first place finishes and 5 NCAA provisional qualifying times
to each pick up a pair of wins against Indian River Community College, No. 12 Purdue
on the men’s side and Arkansas on the women’s at the Stephen C. O’Connell
114-86 and IRCC 136-54. The men defeated
Purdue for the second straight day, totaling 106 points to Purdue’s 97 and also
defeated IRCC 140-59.
“We were better today than yesterday. We’ve been going through
some training cycles so everyone was a little tired but we got honest efforts
from everyone,” said head coach Gregg Troy.
“Cody Kauffman and Bradley Ally were real consistent and
we got a solid effort both days from Shaune Fraser. On
the women’s side, Gemma Spofforth
looked good and Samantha Vanderbilt had a lot of consistency.”
Kauffman’s meet was highlighted by a third place finish in the 500
and 1,000-yard freestyle events. Fraser,
as always, was one of the most consistent swimmers for the Gators today,
swimming his way to three first place finishes while Ally added another
added a win of her own in the 200-yard backstroke and Vanderbilt turned in a
second place finish in the 100-yard freestyle.
Florida swept their way through the first
event of the afternoon, the 400-yard medley relay. The women’s team of Stephanie Proud (Durham, England), Caroline Burckle
Julianne Lago (Miami, Fla.) and Natalie Pike (Boca Raton, Fla.)
finished with a time of 3:45.16. They
were followed by Leah Retrum (Columbus, Oh.), Amanda Hartley (Tallahassee,
Fla.), Samantha Vanderbilt (Nashville,
Tenn.) and Colleen Healy (Cape Coral, Fla.)
who touched in with a time of 3:47.77 to finish second.
Florida’s men led the field by over a
second, coming in with a time of 3:17.77. Rex Tullius (Port Orange, Fla.),
Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.),
Shaune Fraser (George Town,
Cayman Islands) and Daniel Penniman (Pensacola, Fla.)
all continued to have a strong meet through the first event.
Laurabeth Guenthner (Wellington, Fla.) took the win in the 1,000-yard
freestyle with a time of 9:46.42. Elizabeth Goldson
(Glen Cove, Fla.)
swam her way to a fourth place finish with a time of 10:19.19, while Jenne Ballatore (Gainesville,
Fla.) was fifth with a time
Crete out-touched Logan Storie (Corvallis, Ore.)
at the wall to take the win in the men’s 1,000-yard freestyle. His time of 9:13.32 bettered Storie’s time of 9:13.59.
Cody Kauffman (Harrisburg, Pa.)
finished with a time of 9:17.58 to take third while Eric Shrestha (Tallahasee,
Fla.) rounded out the top finishers from Florida with a fourth place time
Elizabeth Kemp (Potomac, Md.) earned a provisional time in the
women’s 200-yard free. Kemp’s time of
1:50.22 placed her over a second ahead of the field. Retrum swam to a
third place time of 1:51.44, while Stephanie
Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.) clocked in with a fourth place
time of 1:52.45.
joined Kemp on the provisional list with his time of 1:38.23 on the men’s
side. His time placed him first, ahead
of Penniman who placed third with a time of 1:40.73.
meet moved toward the midway point it was Healy who took Florida’s best finish in the women’s 50-yard
freestyle. Healy placed third with a
time of 24.26 and was joined by Lago who turned in a
fifth place finish with a time of 24.58.
For the men it was Jos Smith (Milledgeville, Ga.)
who had the best Gator finish with a time of 21.28 to place fourth. Hughes touched the wall just behind with a
time of 21.32 to take the fifth place spot.
and Nedrud teamed up to go 1-2 in the women’s
200-yard individual medley. Burckle clocked in with a first place, provisional time of
2:02.51 while Nedrud was second with her time of
2:05.07. On the men’s side, Ally came
back in the breaststroke event to take the lead and eventual win. His time of 1:50.67 was just .37 seconds
ahead of Purdue’s Romain Maire. McLarty had Florida’s second-best
time with his third place finish of 1:51.12.
Sarah Sykes (Jacksonville, Fla.) continued the list of provisional
times for the Gators, finishing second in the women’s 200-yard butterfly with a
time of 2:01.77. Lindsey Woodward (Assonet,
Mass.) followed in third with
a time of 2:04.16. On the men’s side it
was Hughes’s with the Gator’s best time of 1:49.04. J.B.
Walsh (Virginia Beach, Va.) followed with his third place time
to her first win of the afternoon in the 100-yard free. She touched the wall with a time of 51.06 to just
beat fellow Gator, Vanderbilt. Napier
rounded out the top three and Gator sweep with her third place time of 52.40. Roland
Rudolf (Budapest, Hungary) had the men’s best time,
finishing fourth with a time of 46.44, while Smith placed sixth with a time of
Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England) swam to a provisional time of her
own in the 200-yard backstroke. Spofforth’s time of 2:00.46 placed her first overall. She was joined by three more Gators at the
top of the leader board as Stacy Nedrud (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) touched in second with a
time of 2:04.78, Sarah Peterson touched third with a time of 2:06.72 and Rebekah Epley (Russellville, Ky.) finished fourth with a time
of 2:09.16. Tullius
won the event for the Florida
men by exactly one second, finishing with a time of 1:47.87. McLarty earned
another top finish, placing third with a time of 1:50.11.
500-yard free produced another Florida
win, this time from Proud. Proud took
first with her provisional time of 4:52.08.
Larson also earned a provisional time of 4:53.44 to secure the third
spot. On the men’s side Pedraza added another win for the Gators, leading off
another 1-2-3 finish. Pedraza finished ahead of Johnson (4:34.04) and Kauffman
(4:36.33) with his time of 4:29.19.
Gators received solid finishes the rest of the way from Hartley on the women’s
side who touched in with a time of 2:18.17 in the 200-yard breast. Kristen
Va.) clocked in with a time
of 2:27.06 while Gunter came in with a time of 2:27.47. Deery had the best
swim for the men, finishing third with a time of 2:07.13. Joyce joined him, finishing fifth with a time
women’s 400 free relay, the Gators took first with a time of 3:27.47, the team
of Vanderbilt, Pike, Burckle and Napier led all
swimmers by over two seconds. Spofforth, Lago, Proud and Healy
combined to take second with a time of 3:29.60.
On the men’s side it was Florida
as well, the foursome of Penniman, Smith, Johnson and
Fraser out-touched Purdue at the wall with a time of 3:01.44 to conclude the
In Athens, Georgia,
divers finished their weekend, hitting the water from the platform. The Gators were led by Monica Dodson (Franklin, Ind.)
who dove to a fourth place finish with a total of 235.75 points. She was followed by Sarah Ellerby (Oldsmar,
Fla.) and Jennifer Funch (Cincinnati, Ohio)
who finished right behind Dodson in fifth and sixth place with point totals of
223.70 and 211.60 respectively. Whitney Stern (Safety Harbor, Fla.)
dove her way to a 13th place total of 192.05.
Gators will be in action again next weekend on January 12 as they play host to
Southeastern Conference foe LSU. Meet
time is set for 2:00 p.m. at the O’Connell Center Natatorium. Both the swimmers and divers will be
competing together once again next weekend.