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Friday February 1, 2008No. 7 Women's Swimming Defeats UT to Wrap Up SEC Schedule

Knoxville, Tenn.

The seventh ranked University of Florida womenís swimming and diving team defeated the University of Tennessee, 156-144 to improve to 10-1 overall and 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference.

 

Laura Beth Guenthner, Kim Larson and Kristen Beales combined to finish 2-3-4 in the 1,000 free to kick off the individual scoring for the Gators.Guenthner finished second and was followed by Larson, Beales and Elizabeth Goldson who finished fifth.

 

Caroline Burckle and Natalie Pike combined to go two-three in the 200-free.Burckle finished the race with a time of 1:48.14 while Pike was third with a time of 1:49.47.

 

Gemma Spofforth won her second straight individual 100 back event, swimming to the wall with a time of 54.72.Samantha Vanderbilt and Sarah Peterson added to the fun, combining to finish second and third to add to the point total for the Gators.Vanderbilt was second with a time of 56.21 while Peterson touched in just after with a time of 56.53.

 

The Gators finished with their second on through three finish in the 100 butterfly.Freshman Julianne Lago took her fifth individual first place finish by touching the wall ahead of the rest of the field with a time of 2:00.54 in the 200 butterfly for yet another provisional time this season.Sarah Sykes and Leah Retrum finished behin their teammate at the second and third spot to finish off the event for the Gators.

 

Stephanie Napier combined with Liz Kemp to gain 13 points for Florida in the 50-yard free.Nampier touched the wall with a time of 23.50 while Kemp finished with a time of 23.88.

 

Florida finished 3-4-5 through the first diving break. Florida got itís best finish from Funch, who took third with a score of 265.57. Bartell continued her strong diving with a fourth place finish of 257.70 while Dodson finished fourth with a score of 247.80.

 

The Gators picked up another second place and third place finish from Elizabeth Kemp and Natalie Pike.Kemp took second with a time of 51.05 while Pike was a close third with a time of 51.18.

 

The Gators took to the diving boards for the first break of the evening.Jennifer Funch finished with the best score for the Gators, totaling 265.57 points.Jeana Bartell claimed fourth with a score of 254.70 while Monica Dodson was fifth with a score of 247.80 on the one meter board.

 

Florida gained another first place finish from Gemma Spofforth in the 200 back.Spofforth finished with a time of 1:57.34 to claim the win.Retrum was third with her time of 2:01.00 and Stephanie Proud took fourth with a time of 2:01.10.

 

Burckle out-touched Hartley at the wall to claim third place in the 200 breast.Burckle finished with a time of 2:18.41 while Hartley was just behind her with a time of 2:19.28.Guenthner was second in the 500 free, following her record setting performance last week.Guenthner turned in a time of 4:50.79 in the 500-yard free to claim second place.

 

Lago took her second top time of the evening, finishing second in the 100 fly with a time of 55.17.Lago was followed by Colleen Healy who finished just behind her in third with a time of 55.79.Vanderbilt was fourth with a time of 56.21.

 

Spofforth took her second first place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.78.Spofforth was joined by Pike who claimed second with a time of 02:03:04.

 

The Gators finished the evening by sending Burckle, Healy Kemp and Napier to the blocks for a first place finish in the 400 free relay.Peterson, Vanderbilt, Pike and Lago combined for a time for a time of 3:25.29 to claim second.

 

Florida will return home next weekend for a final season dual meet with Florida Atlantic.The Gators and Owls will hit the water at 1 p.m. to kick off the swimming events while diving will commence at 11:30 am.

 

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