The University of Florida
No. 5 men’s and No. 7 women’s swimming and diving teams used a total team
effort to defeat Southeastern Conference foe No. 21 (M) and No. 24 (W)
Louisiana State University, 132-109 on the men’s side and 137-94 on the women’s
side at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
The dual meet win moves the
Gators’ records to 9-1 on the men’s side and 8-1 on the women’s. The Gators were led by 11 first place
finishes for the women and seven for
the men. Florida also swept the top four spots and
top three spots in two separate events for the men and a sweep of at least the
top three places in three events.
“We raced well. We had some
people step up and make a little statement that maybe we need to consider them
for the conference meet,” said head coach Gregg
Troy. “Caroline Burckle has been amazing the 100 freestyle was really good
for her. Amanda Hartley was real good. We are seeing some people step up in
different events for us which is helpful because we
weren’t very versatile on the women’s side.
We are becoming much more versatile.”
The meet also gave Florida a chance to rest
some of the regulars who have been swimming an intense schedule this season due
the training schedule and several national and international meets and Olympic
Trials that are set for June. The Gators
will need all the rest they can get before hosting National Champion Auburn in
“This is the last meet
where we had a chance to sub some of the higher profile people not to swim a
full slate. Against Auburn they are going to
have to go in everything,” said Troy. “This was the last meet that we had to really
establish who our conference team was. So, we will make the final decisions
after Auburn. Auburn we get to see the
best team in the country, and it will be good for us.”
The Florida women led off the meet with a first
and third place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Samantha
Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.),
Caroline Burckle (Louisville,
Spofforth (West Sussex, England)
and Stephanie Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
earned an NCAA provisional time of 1:42.07.
The Gators led LSU from start to finish to claim
the victory. Sarah Peterson (Franklin, Tenn.), Amanda
Hartley (Tallahassee, Fla.),
Natalie Pike (Boca
Raton, Fla.) and Colleen Healy (Cape Coral, Fla.)
swam in with a time of 1:44.26 to claim third.
For the men, Rex Tullius (Port
Orange, Fla.), Bradley Ally (Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla.), Omar Pinzon (Bogota,
Colombia), and Daniel Penniman (Pensacola, Fla)
touched the wall second, finishing .26 seconds behind first place LSU with
a time of 1:30.47.
Kristen Beales (Arlington, Va.) swam
her way to a first place finish with a time of 10:03.79 in the 1,000-yard free,
she was joined by Madison Parker
(Biloxi, Miss.) who took second with a time of 10:09.61. On the men’s side Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.) and Tobias
Work (Falmouth, Mass.) combined to go one-two. Burckle finished with a time of 9:10.53 to
take the win and Work clocked in with a time of 9:12.14.
Pike turned in the Gators
third straight win on the women’s side with a time of 1:47.73 in the 200-yard
free. Kim Larson (Longwood,
Fla.) (1:51.77) was fourth
and Laurabeth Guenthner (Wellington, Fla.)
placed fifth (1:51.87).
Roland Rudolf (Budapest, Hungary),
Tim Hughes (Winter
Park, Fla.) and Brett Fraser (George
Town, Cayman Islands) swept
through the men’s side. Rudolf touched
in first with a time of 1:39.45 while Hughes (1:40.85) was second and Fraser
(1:42.21) was third.
The Gators earned their
fourth first place time in as many events in the women’s 50-yard free. Napier out-touched Liz Kemp (Potomac, Md.) to finish with a time of 23.36 to
claim the win. Kemp clocked in second
with her time of 23.58. Penniman
finished with the men’s best time of 20.70 to claim second place. Fraser was third, touching the wall just four
one-hundredths of a second behind with a time of 20.74.
Florida continued to excel in the 400-yard IM, claiming
the top three spots in the event led by Stephanie
Proud (Durham, England) with a time of
4:18.26. Stacy Nedrud (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) and Sarah
Sykes (Jacksonville, Fla.) claimed the second and third place
spots with times of 4:22.98 and 4:26.31 respectively.
Pinzon claimed first for
the men, touching in with a time of 3:51.46 that was 7.14 ahead of the rest of
the field. Tullius was third with his
time of 4:01.52.
Heading into the first
diving break of the afternoon, the Gators held a substantial lead on the
women’s side of 71-22, while the men led the Tigers, 57.36.
Florida swept through the 200-yard butterfly out of the
diving break, Pike, Sykes and Lindsay Woodward (Assonet, Mass.)
claimed the top three spots of the event.
Pike took first with a time of 2:02.12.
Sykes (2:02.31) and Woodward (2:05.41) followed in second and
Walsh and McLarty combined
to go one-two in the men’s 200-yard butterfly.
Walsh finished first with his time of 1:48.64 while McLarty was second
with a time of 1:50.55. Matthew Norton (Port Orange, Fla.)
was fourth with a time of 1:52.44.
Leah Retrum (Columbus,
Ohio) picked up her first win of the season in the
200-yard back, clocking in with a time of 1:59.45. Vanderbilt finished second with a time of
1:59.95 and Nedrud was fourth with a time of 2:04.90. Pinzon gave the Gators
another win on the men’s side, finishing first with a time of 1:47.90. Kevin
Nead (Ithaca, N.Y.) continued to have a strong first
week back, finishing second with a time of 1:50.28.
Burckle continued to excel,
winning the 100-yard free with a time of 49.72. Spofforth was fourth with a
time of 51.86 and Napier clocked in sixth with a time of 52.39. On the men’s end, Fraser had the Gators best
finish, placing second with a time of 45.26 and Jos Smith (Milledgeville,
Ga.) was third with his time
Peterson gave the Gators
their ninth win of the afternoon, leading off a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the women’s
500-yard free with a time of 4:58.06.
Goldson placed second (4:58.95),
Jenne Ballatore (Gainesville,
Fla.) was third (4:59.88) and
Beales was fourth with her time of 5:01.19.
The Gator men followed
suit, sweeping the top four spots led by Rudolf who took first with a time of
4:26.48. Joey Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla.) was second with a time
of 4:26.57, Work was third with a time of 4:31.49
while Kauffman was fourth with his time of 4:34.12 heading into the second
With just two events
remaining, the Gators headed into the final stretch with the women ahead 137-50 and the men ahead 114-74. Hartley won the women’s 200-breast with a
time of 2:18.14, she was joined by Ally on the men’s
side who took first with a time of 2:02.28.
Deery was second with a time of 2:06.15.
In the afternoon’s final
event of the afternoon, the 800-yard free relay, the Gators placed first with
the quartet of Burckle, Pike, Kemp and Napier finishing with a time of
1:33.15. The Gator men’s team of
Penniman, S. Fraser, Hughes and Smith was out-touched at the wall, finishing
second with a time of 1:21.90
During the one-meter diving
competition, Monica Dodson (Franklin, Ind.)
placed second for Florida
with a score of 250.20. She was followed
by Jeanna Bartell (Boca Raton,
Fla.) who was third with a score of 250.05 and
Jennifer Funch (Cincinnati, Ohio)
who finished fifth with a time of 245.10.
Aaron Leech (Newark,
Del.) took third for the men with a score
of 265.35 and Grayson Patten (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
was fifth with a score of 241.13.
The three-meter dive
produced a second place finish from Leech with a score of 293.78 and a fifth
place finish from Patten with a score of 229.88. For the women, Dodson took second place with
a score of 288.15. Funch was fifth with
a score of 245.33 and Bartell was sixth with a score of 236.63.
Florida will be in action again in two weeks when they
host National Champion and SEC rival Auburn
at the O’Connell Center on January 26.
The meet is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.