Saturday October 24, 2009W. Swimming & Diving Takes Down Arkansas & Kansas On the Road
With nine of its top dual meet scorers in Dallas at the SMU Classic, the Lady Gators relied heavily on the youth of the 2009-10 squad, as well as the leadership of several seniors, to defeat both Arkansas and Kansas in double-dual action Saturday in Fayetteville. Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC) topped conference foe Arkansas, 175-133, and Big 12 opponent Kansas, 205-103, at the Arkansas Natatorium, improving to 4-0 all-time against the Razorbacks and 1-0 against Kansas in the first-ever dual meet between the two schools.
The Gators opened the triangular with a win in the 200-yard medley relay (3:46.24), led by sophomores Anna-Liisa Pold (San Diego, Calif.), Carly Pike (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Maida Turnadzic (Cape Coral, Fla.), and senior Coral Lopez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico).
While senior Kristen Beales (Arlington, Va.) took the title in the mile (16:40.60), the first individual event of the meet, two freshmen, Corinne Showalter (Sarasota, Fla.) and Sharla Milne (Lithia, Fla.), rallied for third and fourth with times of 16:48.34 and 17:10.24, respectively. First and second place in the 200-yard free belonged to sophomore Melani Costa-Schmid (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) (1:48.83) and senior Liz Kemp (Potomac, Md.) (1:51.30).
Continuing the freestyle domination, senior Stephanie Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.) claimed the top spot in the 50-yard free (23.70), while Lopez was Florida’s next highest finisher in seventh (24.45). Kemp, Costa-Schmid and Lopez struck again in the 100-yard free, clocking times for first (51.11), second (51.42) and sixth (52.99), respectively.
Costa-Schmid, Beales, Milne and sophomore Natalie Smith (Gainesville, Fla.) represented the Orange & Blue in the 500-yard free, Costa-Schmid in first (4:49.07), Beales in third (4:57.94), Milne in sixth (5:04.96) and Smith in ninth (5:08.48). Smith was also a member of the UF mile tandem after placing tenth (17:33.61).
In diving action, Gators Monica Dodson (Franklin, Ind.) (268.43) and Kaylee Doback (Brandon, Fla.) (237.30) placed second and fourth in the one-meter competition, while Doback placed ahead of Dodson on the three-meter board (275.85), as the duo took third and fourth (266.48) in the second diving event of the meet.
In both the backstroke and breaststroke events, the Gators turned to several underclassmen for depth, starting with Pold in the 100 back (56.86), good for second, while senior Sarah Peterson (Franklin, Tenn.) took third (57.08). In the 200-yard back event, it was Showalter who rallied for fourth (2:04.20) as UF’s highest finisher. Peterson placed fifth in 2:04.60.
Sophomore Lindsay Rogers (Fishers, Ind.) clocked a 1:03.70 to place second in the 100-yard breast, while a new freshman face, Sarra Lajnef (Tunis, Tunisia) took fourth (1:05.67). Pike (1:05.72) and sophomore Daniela Victoria (Plantation, Fla.) (1:06.70) placed fifth and eighth. Lajnef became UF’s highest finisher in the 200-yard breast race, a third-place finish clocked at 2:20.84, while Victoria rallied for fourth (2:21.23).
Florida freshman Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich.) put forth a strong effort in the butterfly events, taking first in the 200-yard fly (2:04.41) and third in the 100-yard event (57.07). Pold, in her second individual event of the day, raced to a second-place finish in the 100 fly (57.06). Gator freshman Kaitlin Taylor (Orlando, Fla.) turned in a 2:06.13 to take fifth in the 200 fly and sophomore Maida Turnadzic (Cape Coral, Fla.) touched in at fourth in the 100 fly (57.21) and sixth (2:06.25) in the 200 fly.
In her third individual event of the afternoon, Pold raced her way to second place in the 400-yard individual medley (4:22.54), while Lehtonen (4:28.17), sophomore Angelina Ballatore (Gainesville, Fla.) (4:31.23) and Taylor (4:31.25) took fifth, seventh and eighth in the distance medley race.
The Gators closed out the triangular with a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Composed of Kemp, sophomore Julia Nagy (Viera, Fla.), Costa-Schmid and Turnadzic (1:36.22), the quartet was UF’s highest finishing relay out of the three Gator relays in the event.
The Gators return back to Gainesville to host the first home dual meet of the season Friday, Oct. 30, when SEC rival Georgia visits the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium for a 1 p.m. match-up between both the men’s and women’s squads.