Friday October 30, 2009Florida Men Top Georgia, 139-104, to Open SEC Swimming & Diving Competition
The Florida men’s swimming and diving team opened up the SEC portion of the 2009-10 schedule with a 139-104 win over Georgia Friday in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium. Led by multiple event wins from senior Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) and junior Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.), the Gators improved to 3-0 (1-0 SEC) in dual meet action.
“We had a really strong men’s meet,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “We were really good across the board. We weren’t great at the beginning, but we showed some resilience and had some good swims. We have a small problem in the breaststroke that we’ll address, but we were really impressed with the races from Conor Dwyer, Shaune Fraser and Pholien Systermans.”
Florida opened up the meet with a bang, taking first and third in the 400-yard medley relay as the team of senior Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia), redshirt freshman Rodion Davelaar (Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles), and seniors S. Fraser and Roberto Gomez (Weston, Fla.), recorded an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:17.58.
In the men’s 200-yard free, the Gators recorded an unprecedented first-through-fourth sweep, starting with winner Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) (1:37.48), who recorded a provisional mark in the event. Freshman Pholien Systermans (Liege, Belgium) (1:38.82), sophomore Jeff Raymond (Davie, Fla.) (1:39.08) and junior Balazs Gercsak (Budapest, Hungary) (1:39.54) rounded out the sweep for UF.
The Gators continued the success in the freestyle events as junior Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) and Gomez collaborated for second (20.71) and third (20.83) in the 50-yard free. Dwyer also took home the 100-yard free title, clocking a first-place time of 44.97, with Systermans in second in 45.47.
In men’s diving action, Gator Anthony Lewark (Davie, Fla.) took the one-meter title (317.70), while Florida’s Colin Bell (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Grayson Patten (West Palm Beach, Fla.) dove their way to fourth (259.12) and fifth (252.45), respectively, on the one-meter board. In the three-meter event, Bell recorded a second-place finish (306.53) while Lewark placed third (303.23) and Patten came in sixth (278.28).
S. Fraser led the way for the Orange and Blue in the men’s 200-yard individual medley, clocking a 1:50.12 first-place finish, while junior Mike Joyce (Voorhees, N.J.) (1:53.33) and redshirt freshman John Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich.) (1:59.68) stacked the depth in fourth and seventh, respectively.
S. Fraser continued his winning ways with a first-place finish and NCAA qualifying mark (1:46.59) in the 200-yard butterfly event, while sophomores Jose Crescimbeni (Holiday, Fla.) (1:49.02) and Gabriel Huen (Caracas, Venezuela) (1:50.89) took third and fourth.
The Gators went 1-2-3 in the 200 backstroke event, as senior Roland Rudolf (Budapest, Hungary) earned first place and recorded an NCAA qualifying mark of 1:45.71, Pinzon placed second (1:46.74) and B. Fraser came in third (1:49.45).
Gercsak proved to be Florida’s highest finisher in the 500-yard free, earning a second-place finish with a time of 4:29.41, while sophomore Jeff Raymond (Davie, Fla.) was right behind in third in 4:29.57.
The Gators closed the meet the same way they opened as the free relay team of B. Fraser, Gomez, Raymond and Dwyer tallied a provisional time (2:59.78) with a first-place finish.
Florida takes to the pool again Nov. 19-21 when the Gators travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the three-day Georgia Tech Invitational.