Friday October 30, 2009Lady Gators Edged by Georgia, 137-104, Friday in Gainesville
In one of the most challenging dual meets Florida will face all season, the Lady Gators were edged, 137-104, by the University of Georgia in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium Friday. UF moved to 3-1 (1-1 SEC) in dual meets on the 2009-10 season.
“We competed against a very deep Georgia team today,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “We had a great relay to start the meet, but we were just out-touched at the end. I think that we lost a little drive after that. Georgia started strong in the distance events – they have three world-class distance athletes, and we’re very young in the distance lineup. What was really bright for us is the same few that struggled in the first half stepped it up the second half of the meet. We had some exceptional swims from Jamie Bohunicky and Melani Costa-Schmid and we used Teresa Crippen in some versatile ways and had some good results.”
The Gators battled with the Bulldogs in the opening 400-yard medley relay, coming up with a second-place finish, only tenths of a second behind first-place Georgia (3:40.18). Senior Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England) and sophomores Lindsey Rogers (Fishers, Ind.), Jemma Lowe (Hartlepool, England) and Shara Stafford (Topeka, Kan.) clocked an NCAA provisional mark of 3:40.32.
UF distance swimmers Kristen Beales (Arlington, Va.) (9:58.45) and freshman Corrine Showalter (Sarasota, Fla.) (9:59.37) finished third and fourth in the 1,000-yard free, while freshman Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) (1:48.64) and sophomore Melani Costa-Schmid (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) (1:48.66) finished third and fourth in the 200-yard free, a race that saw the first five swimmers record NCAA provisional times.
In the 500 free, Costa-Schmid (4:47.30) and Bohunicky (4:47.58) tallied two of UF’s most impressive swims of the day as they both recorded their second provisional times, placing fourth and fifth behind two Olympians and a national team member swimming for Georgia.
Freshman Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.) and senior Stephanie Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.) represented the Gators in the 50-yard free, clocking times of 23.02 and 23.53, respectively, to place second and third. Bateman’s mark surpassed the NCAA “B” standard.
In the 200-yard IM, UF sophomore Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) led the way, tallying an NCAA provisional mark with a second-place 2:01.71 finish. Spofforth finished fourth in 2:03.65, while Lowe (2:06.37) and sophomore Kirsten Smith (Cary, N.C.) (2:07.03) rounded out UF’s finishers in sixth and seventh.
Senior Kara Salamone (Cooper City, Fla.), junior Monica Dodson (Franklin, Ind.) and sophomore Kaylee Doback (Brandon, Fla.) crashed the diving boards for the Gators, Salamone and Dodson placing first (281.55) and second (275.86) in the one-meter, while Doback rallied for fifth (255.39). In the three-meter, Salamone and Dodson went one-two again with scores of 330.91 and 292.13, respectively, while Doback took fourth with a 267.98.
Lowe recorded her second provisional time of the day, tallying a third-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:59.75, while Crippen came in fourth (1:59.86), also a provisional mark. In the 100-yard free event, senior Elizabeth Kemp (Potomac, Md.) clocked a third-place finish (50.38), while Stafford and Bateman took fourth (51.23) and fifth (51.33).
Spofforth and Crippen returned and teamed up to take first (1:57.31) and second (1:58.47), respectively, in the 200 back, both NCAA proviaional qualifying marks. Sophomore Daniela Victoria (Plantation, Fla.) recorded a third-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke event in a time of 2:19.18.
The Gators host Michigan and Stanford next weekend in a two-day double-dual meet, starting Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The triangular will continue Saturday from the Stephen C. O’Connell at 8:30 a.m. Check www.GatorZone.com for updates on parking availability for Saturday’s meet.