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Bradley Ally picked up the win in the consolation final of the 200 IM

Friday March 28, 2008Men's Swimming in Ninth After Day One of NCAA Championships

Federal Way, Wash.

Bradley Ally picked up the win in the consolation final of the 200 IM

Thanks to several strong swims during the evening session, the University of Florida men’s swimming team will head into day two of competition at the 2008 NCAA Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in ninth place with 55 points. Florida stands eight points behind eighth place Georgia and one point ahead of tenth place Tennessee.

 

“We were much better during tonight’s swim,” said head coach Gregg Troy.  “We had a few guys do really well, Pinzon and Burckle did really well and Roland (Rudolf) came back and swam really well tonight.  We had a good relay at the end of the night, but we still have to get a lot better.”

 

Florida was led by Bradley Ally who took first in the consolation final of the 200 individual medley.  Ally’s time of 1:44.60 bettered his preliminary time of 1:45.44 and was the second fastest swim of the season for the junior.  Ally was joined by Shaune Fraser who swam to a time of 1:45.56 to place second after swimming a time of 1:45.01 to lead the consolation final field in preliminaries.  Sophomore Omar Pinzon placed fourth with his time of 1:45.74 after swimming the seventh fastest time in school history of 1:45.12 during the morning preliminaries.

 

Roland Rudolf was the lone Gator to swim in the 500 freestyle finals, but went on to pick up the first six points for Florida, placing third in the consolation final of the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:18.48.  The time was .81 seconds better than his morning preliminary swim of 4:19.29 that placed him sixth in heat six this morning.

 

Florida’s relay teams turned in two top-16 finishes as well, placing eighth in the 400 medley relay and 15th in the 200 freestyle relay.  After changing the lineup from this morning’s preliminary, Florida went on to place 12th in the 200 free relay to lead off the evening’s competition.  The foursome of Daniel Penniman, Grant Johnson, Tim Hughes and Jos Smith combined for a time of 1:19.44 to finish seventh in the consolation final after the morning preliminary team of Penniman, Fraser, Ally and Smith swam the fifth fastest time in school history of 1:18.57.  The morning preliminary featured the second fastest swim in school history in the 50 free thanks to Penniman’s leadoff split time of 19.77.

 

After swimming the second fastest time in school history of 3:09.06 during the morning session, the 400 MR team of Pinzon, Burckle, Fraser and Penniman combined to go 3:09.77 for an eighth place finish and 11 points for their team.  Pinzon, who swam the second fastest time in school history with his 100 backstroke leadoff leg of 46.58 during the morning, returned to swim 47.10 in the final.

 

Rudolf was joined in the 500 free preliminaries by Cody Kauffman, Logan Storie, Ryan Crete, Joey Pedraza, Tobias Work and Grant Johnson.  Aside from Rudolf, Work picked up the Gators best time of the morning with a swim of 4:21.88 to finish sixth in the fifth heat of the morning.  Storie followed with a time of 4:22.88 to finish fifth in his heat, wile Kauffman clocked in with a career best time of 4:23.60 to take third in the first heat.  Crete would take fifth in the third heat with a time of 4:24.21 while Johnson and Pedraza each placed eighth in their heat with times of 4:25.60 and 4:29.55 respectively.

 

To go along with his relay swim, Burckle also swam a career best time of 1:46.57 to tie for the tenth fastest time in school history in the 200 individual medley preliminaries.  Dustin McLarty joined Burckle in heat four of the morning, touching in with an eighth place time of 1:49.68.

 

The 50 freestyle featured a pair of fifth place finishes from two Gators in Smith and Penniman.  Smith swam a time of 20.32 in the fifth heat of the morning while Penniman touched in with a time of 20.00 in the third heat.

 

The championships will resume tomorrow with morning preliminaries beginning at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET) and the finals will commence at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET).  Live results can be found via www.gatorzone.com or www.ncaaswim.com.  Live streaming video of the competition can be found by going to www.swimmingworldmagazine.com.

 

Top 10 Team Standings:

 

1. Arizona               137              2. Texas                 116

3. California             112              4. Auburn                97

5. Stanford              93                6. Michigan              88

7. Indiana                72                8. Georgia               63

9. Florida                   55                10. Tennessee          54

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