Wednesday January 7, 2009Gator Swimming and Diving Sweeps Virginia Wednesday Night
Freshman Teresa Crippen
Freshman Teresa Crippen
Both Florida swimming and diving squads swam past the Virginia Cavaliers in action Wednesday evening from the Stephen C. OíConnell Center Natatorium. The No. 6 UF women improved to 5-2 overall in dual meet action on the season with the 166-132 win over the No. 12 Cavs, while the No. 7 Florida men won a 169-129 decision over No. 12 Virginia to climb to 5-1 overall in 2008-09.
The Florida men and women maintained a clean slate against Virginia, improving the series record to an undefeated 7-0 on each side. UF served the UVA women their first loss of the season (6-1, 3-0 ACC), while the Cavalier men drop to 6-2 overall, 3-0 ACC.
Seven Gators earned NCAA provisional times in the win. The freshmen shined on the womenís side, as Lindsay Rogers (Fishers, Ind.) earned two first-place victories, Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) took home two first-place and one second-place finishes and Shara Stafford (Topeka, Kan.) and Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.) each recorded an individual victory.
Crippen also registered three NCAA provisional times, tapping in at 4:48.36 in the 500 free and 1:55.96 in the 200 back, earning firsts in both. She also took second in the 200 butterfly (1:58.69), while her sister, Claire, came in fourth swimming for Virginia.
Rogers won an individual first in the 100 breast, clocking in at 1:03.21 and earned a team victory in the 200 medley relay. Stafford took first in the 50 free (23.06), while teammate junior Stephanie Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.) came in second in the same race (23.14). Batemanís win came in the 100 butterfly (50.15) while classmate Lily Ramirez (Gainesville, Fla.) finished third (51.61).
Both the men and women took first in the 200 medley relay. The UF womenís team of junior Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England), Rogers, sophomore Julianne Lago (Miami, Fla.) and Napier finished in an NCAA provisional time of 1:41.51. On the menís side, the junior quartet of Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia), Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.), Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) and Roberto Gomez (Westin, Fla.) recorded a 1:29.71 finish.
The Gators went one-two in the womenís 200 free, as junior Stephanie Proud (Durham, England) took first and Bateman finished second. Proud also claimed the top spot in the 200 IM with an NCAA provisional time of 4:14.87. Meanwhile, the men swept the 200 free, as Shaune Fraser (1:37.34), junior Roland Rudolf (Budapest, Hungary) (1:39.21) and senior Rex Tullius (Port Orange, Fla.) (1:39.99) placed first through third.
The UF men tallied seven individual first-place finishes on the night. Sophomore Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) earned a victory in the 100 back, clocking in at 50.14, while Pinzon finished close behind in second (50.16). Pinzon capped off his night with a victory in the 100 butterfly (49.24).
Burckle registered two first-place finishes in the 200 butterfly (1:49.37) and the 200 breast (1:69.41). Senior Bradley Ally (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) recorded his individual victory in the 400 IM (3:53.86). Rudolf earned a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke, finishing in 1:45.48, while Tullius finished second in 1:45.71.
In the final swimming event, the Gators capped off the night with the win in the menís 400 free relay. The team of Shaune Fraser, Gomez, junior Raul Martinez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) and freshman Jeffrey Raymond (Davie, Fla.) recorded a 3:02.00 time.
In diving action, freshman Anthony Lewark (Davie, Fla.) registered a season-best 332.93 score on the 1-meter board on his way to a perfect night, placing first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions.
On the womenís side, Senior Whitney Stern (Safety Habor, Fla.) recorded a first-place victory on the 3-meter board, scoring 316.13, a season high. First place in the 1-meter competition went to junior Kara Salamone (Hollywood, Fla.) with a score of 306.45.
Florida will be back in action the weekend of Jan.16-17 when the men and women will split for competition at the Dallas Morning News and the Rutgers Swim Classic, respectively. A select group of Gators will represent the Orange and Blue against in-state opponent Florida Atlantic Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in the friendly confines of the Stephen C. OíConnell Center. For more information on UF swimming and diving and for complete meet results, visit www.GatorZone.com.