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Saturday February 20, 2010Florida Men & Women Finish Second at 2010 SECs

Athens, Ga.

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Led by the 2010 SEC Men’s Coach of the Year and the 2010 SEC Women’s Diving Coach of the Year in coaches Gregg Troy and Donnie Craine, the No. 6 Gator men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both placed second at the 2010 SEC Championship Meet in Athens Saturday. With just 13 points separating the UF and Auburn men heading into the final relay of the evening, the Tigers took first by .32 seconds to win the team title by 19 points (784) over the second place Gators (765). Georgia rounded out the third-place men’s team (587). UF’s women maintained a solid second-place standing Saturday (698) behind the home team, Georgia (824.5), while Auburn took third in the women’s race (568).

 

“I am really, really proud of the way both of our teams came out and raced tough this whole week,” Troy said. “We had a couple opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of, but we qualified most of the people we needed for NCAAs and had some outstanding swims. On our women’s side tonight, we had some great races by Gemma Spofforth, Jemma Lowe and Teresa Crippen, who came second in two finals. Shara Stafford also had a great night for us. On the men’s side, we had an outstanding run and raced extremely fast and hard the past four days. We have to tip our hats off to Auburn because we couldn’t make up enough ground on the last relay – it was pretty much dead even all the way through. Overall, our entire coaching staff is very proud of our team and their effort this week.”

 

Under the watch of the two Coaches of the Year, Florida’s student-athletes racked up numerous accolades, including the SEC Men’s and Women’s Swimmers of the Year in senior Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England) and junior Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.), as well as the SEC Women’s Diver of the Year, senior Kara Salamone (Cooper City, Fla.). The honor for Spofforth was her second consecutive after also winning SEC Women’s Swimmer of the Year in 2009. Spofforth was additionally awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy for the high point award on the women’s side, while Dwyer and senior Shaune Fraser (George Town, Grand Cayman) shared the Commissioner’s Trophy and men’s high point award with Auburn diver Kelly Marx.

 

“Coming into this week, I felt like we could do really good on the diving boards and win some events,” Craine said, “but last week, we didn’t necessarily look like we could win. This has been an outstanding week, not only for Kara, but for all of our divers. Now we hope to carry this momentum to NCAA Zone Diving.”

 

Throughout Florida’s 2010 SEC Championship campaign, the men’s and women’s squad collaborated to add 14 conference titles, six for the men and eight earned by the women, two SEC records and six Florida records to the history books, while the Gators posted NCAA automatic marks in 18 races to close out the four-day conference meet at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the University of Georgia campus.

 

For the 30th consecutive year, the UF women brought home at least one league title, while the men’s program reached 60 all-time individual titles. Salamone became the first ever Gator to win the platform event, while Spofforth became the first and only swimmer in SEC history to win three straight 100 and 200-yard backstroke titles.

 

Fraser, Dwyer, Spofforth and Salamone all won multiple individual events at the 2010 SEC meet for the Orange and Blue, Fraser claiming the 200 IM and 100 fly and Dwyer taking home the 200 and 500 free races. Spofforth led the way for the Gators with three individual titles in the 200 IM, 100 and 200 back races, while Salamone claimed the one-meter and platform events for UF. Spofforth, Fraser and Dwyer additionally represented UF with SEC titles in the women’s 200-yard free relay and men’s 800-yard free relay, respectively.

 

On the final night of racing, the Gators turned in three sets of one-two finishes in both the men’s and women’s 200-yard backstroke races, with Spofforth and Marco Loughran (London England) leading the way, and in the 200-yard fly race under two-time SEC 200 fly Champion, sophomore Jemma Lowe’s (Hartlepool, England) watch. In the women’s 200 back race, sophomore Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.), the 400-yard IM Champion on Friday, touched in second to complete the one-two feat, while senior Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia) rallied for second behind first-time SEC Champion Loughran in the men’s event. The 200-yard back wasn’t Crippen’s only second-place finish, as she turned around in near back-to-back races to also place second behind Lowe in the 200-yard fly.

 

Following UF’s 200-yard back performance on the men’s side, the Gators jumped ahead of Auburn, 625-621, but with an AU first-place finish in the men’s 100-yard free and several key 200-yard breast performances for the Tigers, Auburn took the lead, 717-678.

 

Junior Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) did his best to keep the race close by turning in a clutch second-place 100-yard free performance (42.59), while junior Brett Fraser (George Town, Grand Cayman) took fourth 43.11 and senior Roberto Gomez (Weston, Fla.) won the consolation final in 43.62.

 

The Florida men held on through the men’s 200-yard fly, tallying three championship heat swimmers with Fraser’s second-place finish (1:42.27), freshman Sebastien Rousseau’s (Cape Town, South Africa) fourth-place finish (1:43.41) and junior Balazs Gercsak’s (Budapest, Hungary) fifth-place time (1:43.72). Following the men’s 200-yard fly, the Gators narrowed the Tigers’ margin to 744-731 heading into the final relay.

 

A close and exciting relay closed out the men’s competition, as Auburn edged out UF’s quartet of Brett Fraser (George Town, Grand Cayman), Roberto Gomez (Weston, Fla.), Dwyer and Shaune Fraser by .32 seconds, 2:49.63 to 2:49.95. Despite the second-place finish, the Gators shattered a school record in the event and chalked up Florida’s 13 NCAA automatic mark on the men’s side.

 

In the women’s 100-yard freestyle, sophomore Shara Stafford (Topeka, Kan.) swam an outstanding race with a school-record, second-place finish (47.99) in the event to shatter an 18-year-old record (48.23), set by Nicole Haislett in 1992.

 

Earlier in the evening finals session, freshman Corinne Showalter (Sarasota, Fla.) and junior Joey Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) turned in Florida’s highest finishes in the mile, Showalter taking fifth with a career best 16:13.81 and Pedraza also placing fifth in the men’s race in 15:01.80, just a second off his career-best mark.

 

The women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, composed of senior Liz Kemp (Potomac, Md.), Stafford, Spofforth and sophomore Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.) put in a stellar last effort to close out the 2010 meet with a second-place finish (3:15.00) to winner, Georgia (3:14.09).

 

2010 Florida SEC Awards

·          SEC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year, Gregg Troy

·          SEC Women’s Diving Coach of the Year, Donnie Craine

·          SEC Women’s Swimmer of the Year, Gemma Spofforth

·          SEC Men’s Swimmer of the Year, Conor Dwyer

·          SEC Women’s Diver of the Year, Kara Salamone

·          Commissioner’s Trophy, High Point Award (Women’s): Gemma Spofforth

·          Commissioner’s Trophy, High Point Award (Men’s): Conor Dwyer, Shaune Fraser (shared with Kelly Marx, Auburn)

 

2010 SEC Titles (14)

Women

1. One-meter diving: Kara Salamone: 326.70

2. 200-yard IM: Gemma Spofforth: 1:55.39

3. 200-yard free relay: Stafford, Spofforth, Bateman, Napier: 1:28.71

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

5. 100-yard backstroke: Gemma Spofforth: 50.91

6. 200-yard backstroke: Gemma Spofforth: 1:51.93

7. 200-yard butterfly: Jemma Lowe: 1:54.76

8. Platform: Kara Salamone: 324.45

 

Men

1. 800-yard free relay: Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Rousseau, Dwyer (6:15.91)

2. 500-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer: 4:14.58

3. 200-yard individual medley: Shaune Fraser: 1:43.53

4. 100-yard butterfly: Shaune Fraser: 45.82

5. 200-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer: 1:33.33

6. 200-yard backstroke: Marco Loughran: 1:40.72

 

2010 SEC Records (2)

Women

1. Platform: Kara Salamone: 324.45

**Previous: 319.75 (Taryn Ignacio; 2007)

 

Men

1. 800-yard free relay: Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Rousseau, Dwyer (6:15.91)

**Previous: 6:16.25 (Florida; 2005)

 

2010 UF Records (6)

Women

1. 100-yard freestyle: Shara Stafford: 47.99

**Previous: 48.23 (Nicole Haislett; 1992)

2. Platform: Kara Salamone: 324.45

**Previous: 309.20 (Monica Dodson; 2009)

 

Men

1. 800-yard free relay: Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Rousseau, Dwyer: 6:15.91

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

2. 500-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer: 4:14.58

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

3. 100-yard butterfly: Shaune Fraser: 45.82

**Previous: 46.02 (Ryan Lochte: 2006)

4. 400-yard freestyle relay: Fraser (B), Gomez, Dwyer, Fraser (S): 2:49.95

            **Previous: 2:50.68 (Lochte, Townsent, Penniman, Sioui; 2005)

 

2010 NCAA Automatic Qualifying Marks (18)

Women

1. 200-yard IM: Gemma Spofforth: 1:55.39

2. 200-yard individual medley: Teresa Crippen: 4:05.07

3. 100-yard backstroke: Gemma Spofforth: 50.91

4. 200-yard backstroke: Gemma Spofforth: 1:51.93

5. 200-yard butterfly: Jemma Lowe: 1:54.76

 

Men

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

2. 800-yard free relay: 6:15.91 (Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Rousseau, Dwyer)

3. 500-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer: 4:14.58

4. 200-yard individual medley: Shaune Fraser: 1:43.53

5. 200-yard individual medley: Omar Pinzon: 1:43.63

6. 400-yard individual medley: Sebastien Rousseau: 3:44.18

7. 100-yard butterfly: Shaune Fraser: 45.82

8. 200-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer: 1:33.33

9. 100-yard backstroke: Marco Loughran: 46.05

10. 200-yard backstroke: Marco Loughran: 1:40.72

11. 200-yard backstroke: Omar Pinzon: 1:41.53

12. 200-yard butterfly: Shaune Fraser: 1:42.27

13. 400-yard freestyle relay: Fraser (B), Gomez, Dwyer, Fraser (S): 2:49.95

 

Florida SEC Notes 

Team Notes

·          Florida head coach Gregg Troy was named the 2010 SEC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the fourth time during his tenure at UF after also winning in 2000, 2002 and 2007

·          UF diving coach Donnie Craine was named the 2010 SEC Diving Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his stint at UF after being awarded the honor in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1998

·          The UF men’s team placed second at the 2010 SEC Championship Meet (765 points), marking its ninth consecutive second-place finish to the team from Auburn (784)

·          The Florida women’s squad took second at the 2010 league meet with 698 points, behind the home team, Georgia (824.5 points)

·          UF’s second-place finish was the women’s team’s fifth overall second-place finale at any league meet after taking second in 1985, 2003, 2007 and 2008

·          Between the two squads, UF brought home the most SEC titles (14) since 2005 when both teams also accrued 14

·          The Florida men won six titles, their most since 2007 when the Gators won seven

·          On the women’s side, the Orange and Blue won eight titles, marking the most since its eight in 1995

·          The Florida women captured an SEC Championship title for the 30th-consecutive year

·          With five individual Southeastern Conference Titles in Athens, the Florida men now have 60 individual all-time SEC titles

 

Individual Notes

Women

·          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

·          On the final night of the 2010 SEC Championships, Salamone brought home UF’s first-ever platform title in SEC and UF record fashion to become the only Gator to win both the platform and one-meter board in one SEC meet

·          For her efforts, Salamone was named the SEC Women’s Diver of the Year, UF’s first honoree since 1986 (Megan Neyer)

·          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

·          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

·          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

·          On the final evening of competition, Spofforth’s win in the 200-yard back marked her third consecutive title in the race, as she became the only female swimmer to record three-straight just behind Keegan Walkley of Georgia, who won four straight from 1998-01

·          Spofforth additionally became the only swimmer in SEC history to win three-straight titles in both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke races

·          Spofforth won SEC Women’s Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year after winning in 2009 as well – she also won the high point award for contributing the most individual points to UF’s overall score

·          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

·          Crippen had a stellar 2010 SEC Meet, not only taking the 400-yard IM title, but serving as the second-place finisher to two Gator 1-2 finishes in the 200-yard back and 200-yard butterfly

·          Jemma Lowe defended her 200-yard butterfly SEC title with a 1:54.76 swim Friday, marking her third career SEC title after winning the 1fly and 2fly in 2009. Lowe’s back-to-back 200 fly victories were the first since 1988-90 when Julie Gorman won three in a row

·          Sophomore Shara Stafford shattered an 18-year-old school record with her second-place finish in the women’s 100-yard freestyle (47.99), which was set in 1992 by Nicole Haislett’s 48.23 swim

 

Men

·          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

·          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

·          For his efforts, Dwyer was named the 2010 SEC Men’s Swimmer of the Year, UF’s first since 2006 (Ryan Lochte) while also collaborating with Shaune Fraser and Auburn’s Kelly Marx for the Commissioner’s Trophy for the high point award

·          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

·          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

·          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

·          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

·          Marco Loughran won his first SEC Championship as a Gator with a 1:40.72 victory in the 200 back. UF has now won the 200 back at SECs six of the last eight years

 

 

Florida Finals Finishers (Saturday, Feb. 20)

A NCAA Automatic Qualifying Mark

^ Season-Best Mark

* Career-Best Mark

$ SEC Record

F Florida Record

 

Women’s 200-yard backstroke

1. Gemma Spofforth: 1:51.93 A^

2. Teresa Crippen: 1:54.41 ^

12. Lily Ramirez: 1:57.92 ^*

14. Anna Pold: 1:58.40 ^

 

Men’s 200-yard backstroke

1. Marco Loughran: 1:40.72 A^*

2. Omar Pinzon: 1:41.53 A^

6. Roland Rudolf: 1:43.27 ­

12. Brian Howell: 1:46.77 ^*

 

Women’s 100-yard freestyle

2. Shara Stafford: 47.99 ^*F

8. Liz Kemp: 49.68

14. Stephanie Napier: 50.28

15. Sarah Bateman: 50.42

 

Men’s 100-yard freestyle

2. Conor Dwyer: 42.59 ^*

4. Brett Fraser: 43.11 ^

9. Roberto Gomez: 43.62 ^

12. Matt Norton: 43.85

 

Women’s 200-yard breaststroke

10. Kirsten Smith: 2:16.05 ^

12. Lindsey Rogers: 2:16.97 ^*

 

Men’s 200-yard breaststroke

10. Robby Kennedy: 1:58.29 ^*

 

Women’s 200-yard butterfly

1. Jemma Lowe: 1:54.76 A^

2. Teresa Crippen: 1:55.53 ^*

15. Anna Pold: 2:00.79

 

Men’s 200-yard butterfly

2. Shaune Fraser: 1:43.80 A^

4. Sebastien Rousseau: 1:43.41 ^*

5. Balazs Gercsak: 1:43.72 ^

10. Jose Crescimbeni: 1:45.76 ^*

 

Women’s platform

1. Kara Salamone: 324.45 ^*$F

4. Monica Dodson: 301.95 ^

 

Women’s 1650-yard freestyle

5. Corinne Showalter: 16:13.81 ^*

9. Melani Costa-Schmid: 16:23.52

11. Eva Lehtonen: 16:25.93 ^*

14. Jamie Bohunicky: 16:37.16 ^*

15. Angelina Ballatore: 16:38.04 ^*

 

Men’s 1650-yard freestyle

5. Joey Pedraza, 15:01.80 ^

7. Ryan Crete, 15:17.87 ^

18. Jeff Raymond, 15:44.95 ^

 

Women’s 400-yard free relay

2. Kemp, Stafford, Spofforth, Bateman: 3:15.00 ^

 

Men’s 400-yard free relay

2. Fraser (B), Gomez, Dwyer, Fraser (S): 2:49.95 A^F

 

 

Florida Prelims Finishers (Saturday, Feb. 20)

A NCAA Automatic Qualifying Mark

^ Season-Best Mark

* Career-Best Mark

$ SEC Record

F Florida Record

 

Women’s 200-yard backstroke

1. Gemma Spofforth: 1:54.78 ^ - finals qualifier

2. Teresa Crippen: 1:54.92 ^ - finals qualifier

12. Lily Ramirez: 1:58.13 ^* - consolation qualifier

15. Anna Pold: 1:59.11 ^ - consolation qualifier

18. Sarah Peterson: 1:59.45 ^ - consolation qualifier

 

Men’s 200-yard backstroke

1. Marco Loughran: 1:41.04 ^* - finals qualifier

2. Omar Pinzon: 1:42.21 ^ - finals qualifier

5. Roland Rudolf: 1:43.24 ^ ­- finals qualifier

12. Brian Howell: 1:46.96 ^* - consolation qualifier

 

Women’s 100-yard freestyle

2. Shara Stafford: 48.44 ^* - finals qualifier

8. Liz Kemp: 49.43 ^ - finals qualifier

10. Sarah Bateman: 49.54 ^* - consolation qualifier

14. Stephanie Napier: 50.11 ^ - consolation qualifier

 

Men’s 100-yard freestyle

4. Conor Dwyer: 43.15 ^* - finals qualifier

5. Brett Fraser: 43.29 ^ - finals qualifier

12. Matt Norton: 43.79 ^* - consolation qualifier

12. Roberto Gomez: 43.79 ^ - consolation qualifier

Exhibition. Raul Martinez: 44.71 ^

 

Women’s 200-yard breaststroke

9. Kirsten Smith: 2:16.85 ^ - consolation qualifier

11. Lindsey Rogers: 2:18.10 ^* - consolation qualifier

Exhibition. Sarra Lajnef: 2:16.56 ^

 

Men’s 200-yard breaststroke

11. Robby Kennedy: 1:59.77 ^ - consolation qualifier

Exhibition. Manny Rabelo: 2:02.95 ^*

 

Women’s 200-yard butterfly

1. Jemma Lowe: 1:55.55 ^ - finals qualifier

2. Teresa Crippen: 1:55.97 ^* - finals qualifier

11. Anna Pold: 2:00.40 ^ - consolation qualifier

Exhibition. Maida Turnadzic: 2:03.03

 

Men’s 200-yard butterfly

2. Shaune Fraser: 1:43.80 ^ - finals qualifier

3. Balazs Gercsak: 1:44.13 ^ - finals qualifier

6. Sebastien Rousseau: 1:44.34 ^* - finals qualifier

10. Jose Crescimbeni: 1:45.91 ^* - consolation qualifier

 

Women’s platform

3. Kara Salamone: 304.05

5. Monica Dodson: 262.15 ^

 

FINAL TEAM SCORES

Women

1. Georgia, 824.5

2. Florida, 698

3. Auburn, 568

4. Tennessee, 497

5. Alabama, 272

6. Arkansas, 262.5

7. Louisiana State, 262

8. Kentucky, 204

9. South Carolina, 158

10. Vanderbilt, 59

 

Men

1. Auburn, 784

2. Florida, 765

3. Georgia, 587

4. Tennessee 417.5

5. Alabama, 340

6. Kentucky, 320

7. Louisiana State, 263.5

8. South Carolina, 183

 

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