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Friday February 19, 2010UF Men & Women Maintain Second-Place Standing at SECs Heading into Final Day of Competition

Athens, Ga.

 

Four SEC titles for the Gators on the third day of SEC Championship competition, including two each for the men’s and women’s squads, highlighted a successful day of swimming and diving in Athens Friday as both Florida teams maintained their second-place standing. In the men’s race, Florida (544) trails Auburn (557) by 13 points, with Georgia rounding out the top three (401). In the women’s field, Georgia leads the way (555.5) in first, UF’s women are secure in second (466) and Auburn stands in third (392) heading into the fourth and final day of competition at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the UGA campus.

 

Through the first three days of the league championship meet, Florida has racked up 10 conference titles, one SEC record, three Florida records and has posted NCAA automatic marks in 12 races.

 

“We had a fantastic day of swimming and diving on both sides today,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “On the women’s side we were great and I was really impressed with the swims by Shara Stafford, Gemma Spofforth and Teresa Crippen. Teresa really started the night out good for us and gave us a little momentum – overall, very pleased. On the men’s side, I thought our divers did a fantastic job of breaking up Auburn’s scoring in the platform. Our swims tonight were great and we really gave ourselves a chance to stay in the race and get back in it tomorrow. We wish the 400 IM would have been a little stronger, but we swim in a tough conference. Lastly, our final men’s relay did fantastic because with a few guys banged up, we made some last-minute adjustments and had a makeshift team that did great.”

 

UF sophomore Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) started the night off right for the Gators, swimming to her first career SEC title in a 400-yard individual medley race that came down to the last 15 yards with Georgia’s Jana Mangimelli. Crippen clocked a NCAA automatic mark of 4:05.07 for the win to clinch the first 400 IM title for the Gators since 1996 when Jennifer Hommert won the event.

 

“It was really exciting to win my first SEC Championship,” Crippen said. “We’ve worked so hard all year for SECs and now that it’s finally here and that race is done, it’s exciting. It’s also special because this is the pool where my older sister (Maddy Crippen) won her NCAA Championship Title in the 400 IM. I know that I have some things to improve upon for next year, but this was awesome.”

 

Junior Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) and senior Shaune Fraser (George Town, Grand Cayman) both won their second SEC Championship titles of the 2010 campaign on the third day of competition by swimming the fastest times in the nation in their respective events to automatically qualify for the 2010 NCAA Championships at the end of March.

 

Fraser, who won the 200 IM for the Gators Thursday, clocked a 45.82 in finals of the 100-yard butterfly to become the first Gator to earn an SEC title in the event since Ryan Lochte did so in 2006. Fraser additionally took down Lochte’s Florida record, a 46.02 set at the 2006 SEC meet, to reel in his seventh career title donning the Orange and Blue. The victory in the 100 fly allowed the Gators to momentarily pull ahead of Auburn, 367-346.

 

“Going into the race, I knew it was going to be a close one, so I tried to swim tonight’s race a little bit smarter than this morning,” Fraser said. “We were in a little bit of a hole in prelims and weren’t as excited as we should have been, but I think going out there and getting a win was a big boost for us. We still have one more day of racing and we have to come back tomorrow and have it be our best day yet.”

 

After winning the 500 free Thursday, Dwyer took the 200-yard freestyle title in the next men’s event in 1:33.33, a race Fraser won a year ago. Dwyer’s NCAA automatic mark was the fastest in the nation as he became the first Gator to win both the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events since Mike Heath did so in 1983. The last time Florida took both the 200 and 500 free titles was 1996 when Michael Kiedel won the 500 free and Chris Counts won the 200 free.

 

“It was exciting to be competing for my second SEC title in this meet and it was a good swim,” Dwyer said. “But the thing is – I’m doing it for the team and to contribute to Florida’s efforts. Every time I get in the pool, I just focus on going out there and racing hard for the Gators.”

 

Individually, the Gators continued to roll as senior Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England) won her third consecutive 100-yard backstroke title with a 50.91 race. Spofforth became the first Gator to win three consecutive 100 back races since Kristen Linehan did so in 1989, 1990 and 1991, while becoming the third swimmer in SEC history to win three straight joining Kristen Linehan, UF: 1989-91 and Courtney Shealy, UGA; 1998-00.

 

“I am so glad to be able to win this race again this year,” Spofforth said. “I was holding myself to high standards and didn’t expect anything less. I’ve swum the 100 back so many times and have so much experience in it, I know how to smartly swim the race. Now, I’m just looking forward to tomorrow’s 200 back race.”

 

While Florida dominated in the pool, the efforts were duplicated Friday in the men’s diving competition, as both Florida student-athletes, Colin Bell (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Anthony Lewark (Davie, Fla.) returned to the championship finals of the platform. The sophomore duo recorded career-bests in preliminaries and returned in evening finals, where Lewark took fourth (349.05) and Bell placed sixth (325.80) overall in the field.

 

The Gators’ 400-yard medley relays closed the night out with second and third-place finishes for the men’s and women’s teams, respectively.

 

The fourth and final day of SEC competition will kick off Saturday with 10 a.m. prelims and 6 p.m. finals of these events:

·          1650 freestyle

·          200 backstroke

·          100 freestyle

·          200 breaststroke

·          200 butterfly

·          Women’s platform

·          400 free relay  

 

Gator fans can follow the final day of action from Athens at SEC Championship Central here. A recap of Saturday’s preliminaries can be found on www.GatorZone.com, and final results and a recap will be available after the final evening session.

 

2010 SEC Titles

Women

One-meter diving: Kara Salamone: 326.70

200-yard IM: Gemma Spofforth: 1:55.39

200-yard free relay: Stafford, Spofforth, Bateman, Napier: 1:28.71

200-yard individual medley: Teresa Crippen: 4:05.07

100-yard backstroke: Gemma Spofforth: 50.91

 

Men

800-yard free relay: Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Rousseau, Dwyer (6:15.91)

500-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer: 4:14.58

200-yard individual medley: Shaune Fraser: 1:43.53

100-yard butterfly: Shaune Fraser: 45.82

200-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer: 1:33.33

 

2010 SEC Records

Men

800-yard free relay: Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Rousseau, Dwyer (6:15.91)

**Previous: 6:16.25 (2005)

 

2010 UF Records

Men

800-yard free relay: Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Rousseau, Dwyer (6:15.91)

**Previous: 6:16.25 (Lochte, Townsend, Hartley, Sioui; 2005)

 

500-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer: 4:14.58

**Previous: 4:14.67 (Balazs Gercsak; 2009)

 

100-yard butterfly: Shaune Fraser: 45.82

**Previous: 46.02 (Ryan Lochte: 2006)

 

2010 NCAA Automatic Qualifying Marks

Women

200-yard IM: Gemma Spofforth: 1:55.39

200-yard individual medley: Teresa Crippen: 4:05.07

100-yard backstroke: Gemma Spofforth: 50.91

 

Men

200-yard medley relay: 1:25.10 (Pinzon, Dwyer, Fraser (S), Gomez)

800-yard free relay: 6:15.91 (Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Rousseau, Dwyer)

500-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer: 4:14.58

200-yard individual medley: Shaune Fraser: 1:43.53

200-yard individual medley: Omar Pinzon: 1:43.63

400-yard individual medley: Sebastien Rousseau: 3:44.18

100-yard butterfly: Shaune Fraser: 45.82

200-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer: 1:33.33

100-yard backstroke: Marco Loughran: 46.05

 

Florida SEC Notes 

·          Gator senior diver Kara Salamone won the one-meter springboard the first day of competition, the first diving title for the University of Florida women since 2001, when Robyn Grimes won the three-meter title. Salamone’s one-meter championship, her first ever, was the first one-meter title since 2000 when Grimes claimed the one-meter springboard championship

·          Florida’s 800-yard free relay victory, UF record and SEC Record on the men’s side was UF’s first 800 FR championship since 2005 when UF’s Lochte, Townsend, Hartley & Sioui set the Florida and SEC records with the win

·          The Gators’ 800-yard free relay recorded the fastest time in the nation so far during the 2010 season

·          Junior Conor Dwyer’s SEC Championship on day two (Thursday) was his first career title after transferring from Iowa (Big Ten) this season. His 500-yard free time surpassed current teammate Balazs Gercsak’s (4:14.67) for the Florida record (4:14.58)

·          Dwyer’s 500 free title was the first in the race for Florida since Michael Kiedel won the event for UF in 1996

·          With Gemma Spofforth’s 200-yard IM SEC Championship on Thursday, the win marked her first SEC title in the event and her fifth individual title (eighth overall)

·          Spofforth’s 200 IM title was the first in the event for the Gators since 1999 when Jennifer Hommert brought home the 200 IM title

·          Senior Shaune Fraser edged out teammate Omar Pinzon for his sixth SEC title in the 200 IM, continuing the 2IM title tradition after Florida’s Bradley Ally took the title at the 2009 SEC meet. Pinzon improved from third in 2009 to second in 2010 behind Fraser by just a tenth of a second

·          Florida has now won four straight years of the men’s 200 IM: Fraser in 2010, Ally in 2008 and 2009 and Lucas Salatta in 2007

·          The Florida quartet of Shara Stafford, Gemma Spofforth, Sarah Bateman and Stephanie Napier defended its 200 free relay title with a 1:28.71 swim, becoming the first back-to-back UF 200 FR champions since the 1993 and 1994 Gators did so

·          Sophomore Teresa Crippen’s 400 IM title was the first of her career and was the first 400 IM title for the Gators since 1996 when Jennifer Hommert won the event

·          Shaune Fraser won the 100 fly title Friday, his first championship in the event and seventh career title, to become the first 100 fly SEC Champion since Ryan Lochte in 2006

·          Dwyer tallied his second SEC title in the 200-yard free in as many days, becoming the first Gator to win both the 200 free and 500 free since Mike Heath did so in 1983

·          Florida took both the 200 and 500 free races for the first time since 1996 when Michael Kiedel won the 500 and Chris Counts won the 200

·          Spofforth added her second title of the 2010 campaign, her sixth individual title (10th overall) after winning her third consecutive 100-yard backstroke SEC Championship

·          Spofforth became the first Gator to win three consecutive 100 back races since Kristen Linehan did so in 1989, 1990 and 1991, while becoming the third swimmer in SEC history to win three straight joining Kristen Linehan, UF: 1989-91 and Courtney Shealy, UGA; 1998-00

 

 

Florida Finals Results (Friday, Feb. 19)

A NCAA Automatic Qualifying Mark

^ Season-Best Mark

* Career-Best Mark

$ SEC Record

F Florida Record

 

Women’s 400 IM

1. Teresa Crippen, 4:05.07 A^

8. Kirsten Smith, 4:15.76

11. Corinne Showalter, 4:13.69 ^*

12. Anna Pold, 4:14.23 ^

15. Eva Lehtonen, 4:20.51

 

Men’s 400 IM

3. Sebastien Rousseau, 3:44.18 A^*

4. Omar Pinzon, 3:45.66 ^*

7. Brian Howell, 3:48.15 ^*

12. Joey Pedraza, 3:51.05 ^

15. Ryan Crete, 3:54.98 ^

 

Women’s 100-yard fly

2. Jemma Lowe, 52.58 ^

10. Sarah Bateman, 53.50 ^*

 

Men’s 100-yard fly

1. Shaune Fraser, 45.82 A^*F

6. Marco Loughran, 47.34

15. Jose Crescimbeni, 48.09

 

Women’s 200-yard free

3. Shara Stafford, 1:44.42 ^*

5. Jamie Bohunicky, 1:46.51 ^*

6. Melani Costa-Schmid, 1:46.53 ^*

8. Liz Kemp, 1:47.80

 

Men’s 200-yard free

1. Conor Dwyer, 1:33.33 A^*

3. Brett Fraser, 1:34.79

6. Jeff Raymond, 1:35.56 ^

7. Balazs Gercsak, 1:35.76 ^

9. Pholien Systermans, 1:36.04 ^*

10. Roberto Gomez, 1:36.84 ^

11. Matt Norton, 1:36.95 ^

 

Women’s 100-yard breast

9. Lindsey Rogers, 1:01.20 ^*

 

Women’s 100-yard back

1. Gemma Spofforth, 50.91 A^

6. Lily Ramirez, 53.71 ^

13. Sarah Peterson, 54.99

 

Men’s 100-yard back

2. Marco Loughran, 46.08 A

9. Roland Rudolf, 48.12 ^

11. Jose Crescimbeni, 48.40 ^*

 

Men’s platform diving

4. Anthony Lewark, 349.05

6. Colin Bell, 325.80

 

Women’s 400-yard medley relay

3. Spofforth, Rogers, Lowe, Kemp: 3:33.50^

 

Men’s 400-yard medley relay

2. Pinzon, Dwyer, Rousseau, Fraser (B): 3:08.48 ^

 

Florida Prelims Finishers (Friday, Feb. 19)

A NCAA Automatic Qualifying Mark

^ Season-Best Mark

* Career-Best Mark

$ SEC Record

F Florida Record

 

Women’s 400 IM

1. Teresa Crippen, 4:07.73 ^ - finals qualifier

5. Kirsten Smith, 4:13.61 ^ - finals qualifier

12. Corinne Showalter, 4:16.04 ^* - consolation qualifier

13. Anna Pold, 4:16.36 ^ - consolation qualifier

15. Eva Lehtonen, 4:18.01 ^* - consolation qualifier

17. Angelina Ballatore, 4:18.59 ^ - first alternate

 

Men’s 400 IM

1. Sebastien Rousseau, 3:47.28 ^* - finals qualifier

6. Brian Howell, 3:49.02 ^ - finals qualifier

7. Omar Pinzon, 3:50.39 ^ - finals qualifier

12. Joey Pedraza, 3:52.93 ^ - consolation qualifier

16. Ryan Crete, 3:55.50 ^ - consolation qualifier

 

Women’s 100-yard fly

5. Jemma Lowe, 53.26 ^ - finals qualifier

10. Sarah Bateman, 53.87 ^* - consolation qualifier

27. Stephanie Napier, 55.91 ^

Exhibition. Maida Turnadzic, 55.39 ^

 

Men’s 100-yard fly

4. Shaune Fraser, 46.59 ^* - finals qualifier

6. Marco Loughran, 47.04 ^* - finals qualifier

15. Jose Crescimbeni, 48.05 b^* - consolation qualifier

 

Women’s 200-yard free

2. Shara Stafford, 1:44.57 ^* - finals qualifier

5. Jamie Bohunicky, 1:47.18 – finals qualifier

6. Liz Kemp, 1:47.21 ^ - finals qualifier

7. Melani Costa-Schmid, 1:47.38 ^ - finals qualifier

 

Men’s 200-yard free

1. Conor Dwyer, 1:34.63 ^* - finals qualifier

2. Brett Fraser, 1:34.73 ^ - finals qualifier

6. Balazs Gercsak, 1:35.82 ^ - finals qualifier

7. Jeff Raymond, 1:35.99 ^ -finals qualifier

9. Pholien Systermans, 1:36.14 ^* - consolation qualifier

12. Roberto Gomez, 1:37.11 ^ - consolation qualifier

13. Matt Norton, 1:37.15 ^ - consolation qualifier

Exhibition. Raul Martinez, 1:38.22 ^

 

Women’s 100-yard breast

10. Lindsey Rogers, 1:02.00 ^ - consolation qualifier

Exhibition. Sarra Lajnef, 1:03.50 ^*

 

Men’s 100-yard breast

20. Robby Kennedy, 56.15 ^

Exhibition. Manny Rabelo, 55.17 ^*

 

Women’s 100-yard back

2. Gemma Spofforth, 52.76 ^ - finals qualifier

6. Lily Ramirez, 53.87 ^ - finals qualifier

11. Sarah Peterson, 54.68 – consolation qualifier

 

Men’s 100-yard back

1. Marco Loughran, 46.05 A^* - finals qualifier

9. Roland Rudolf, 48.36 ^ - consolation qualifier

10. Jose Crescimbeni, 48.72 ^* - consolation qualifier

 

Men’s platform diving

3. Anthony Lewark, 366.05 ^* - finals qualifier

5. Colin Bell, 350.75 ^* - finals qualifier

 

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