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Sunday January 10, 2010No. 7 Florida Takes Down No. 21 LSU, 171-121

Gainesville, Fla.

A school-record in the one-meter springboard diving competition for senior Kara Salamone (Cooper City, Fla.) highlighted a successful run for the Gators against LSU Sunday. The No. 7 Florida women’s swimming and diving squad defeated No. 21 LSU by a score of 171-121 in the O’Connell center as part of UF’s cancer awareness meet. Likewise on the men’s side, the sixth-ranked Gators downed the No. 18 Tiger men’s squad with a 157.5-134.5 decision.

After eclipsing her own school record and career-best score in the three-meter competition against IRSC Saturday, Salamone returned Sunday to down her one-meter UF record with a 318.15, taking both the one and three meter competitions against the Tigers, helping the Gators (7-2, 2-1 SEC) to a total of 13 event victories out of the 16 event meet lineup.

In the men’s competition, Florida (6-0, 2-0 SEC) took 10 events of the 16, while the Florida 200-yard medley relay quartet, Marco Loughran (London, England), Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.), Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia) and Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands), tied the Tiger medley relay after Fraser swam a 19.40 50-yard free split to bring the Gators home for a split victory.

“Through both of our meets this weekend, I think we did a great job overall,” head coach Gregg Troy said following the match-up with LSU Sunday. “Our athletes did an excellent job over the winter break of staying fit ad staying focused. That was apparent in all of our races this weekend. We won all of the close races and across the board we were excellent. Our amount of team pride and depth really showed through this weekend.”

On the women’s side, Salamone, sophomore Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) and senior Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England) won two individual events each, Crippen taking the 200-yard IM and 1000-yard free and Spofforth claiming her specialty races, the 100 and 200-yard backstroke races. The talent of the Gators’ youth shined Sunday as sophomore Shara Stafford (Topeka, Kan.) touched in at 4:52.31 in the 500-yard free for an event victory, and fellow sophomore Melani Costa-Schmid (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) won the 200-yard free (1:48.49), both achieving NCAA provisional marks in the process.

Fraser won the 200 and 500-yard free races for UF and Pinzon claimed the 200 fly and 200 IM to account for four individual victories combined. Junior Joey Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) won the 1,000-yard free and finished second in the 500, while junior Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) took first in the 100-yard back. In his second competition as a Gator, Loughran swam his second NCAA provisional mark with a 200-yard backstroke victory (1:45.64). Senior team captain Roberto Gomez (Weston, Fla.) rounded out the stellar competition for Florida with a 50-yard free victory, touching in at 20.69 in the sprint race, and Dwyer took the 100-yard event in 44.48.

Sunday’s match-up with LSU will be a tape-delayed broadcast by Sun Sports, which will air Sun., Jan. 24, at 8:30 a.m. on Cox channel 48 (Gainesville), Tues., Jan. 26, at 11 p.m. and Wed., Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m.

The Gators return to the pool Jan. 15-16 as a portion of the men’s squad will compete in Dallas, Texas, for the 2010 Dallas Morning News Classic, while some members of the men’s squad and the women’s team will take on FAU at home Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. in the O’Dome.

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