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Friday March 19, 2010Spofforth and Crippen Lead Gators to Fifth-Place Standing on Day Two of NCAAs

West Lafayette, Ind.

Photo courtesy of Walt Middleton

Senior Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England) won her sixth individual career title, seventh overall, with a three-peat in the 100-yard back Friday and sophomore Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) finished second in the 400-yard individual medley to lead the Gators on the second day of 2010 NCAA competition in West Lafayette Friday.


The Gators stand in fifth place (236) behind Stanford (266.5), Georgia (262.5), Arizona (259.5) and California (256) heading into the final day of competition Saturday.


“We had another terrific day of racing,” head coach Gregg Troy said of Friday’s performances. “Finishing third in both of the relays today was big for us. We had a few slip-ups this morning in prelims, we thought Shara Stafford could have been in finals of the 200 free, but we bounced back great tonight. Teresa Crippen’s swim in the 400 IM was huge for us and Gemma’s swim was good too. Crippen and Jamie Bohunicky had excellent legs on the 800 free relay. We know we can be better in prelims tomorrow morning. Tomorrow is our best day and we’re looking forward to coming in and racing.”


The two-time defending national champion in the 100 back, Spofforth touched in at 50.92 to take her third consecutive title in the race, becoming the first Gator to win three in a row. Spofforth additionally joined the ranks of Sue Walsh (UNC), Betsy Mitchell (Texas), Lea Loveless (Stanford) and Natalie Coughlin (California) as winners of three straight in the event in NCAA history. Spofforth’s 100 back race was Florida’s fifth NCAA title in the event and its 102nd overall title.


“I was very happy to win the 100 back, but I was definitely looking for a 49 (NCAA record),” Spofforth said. “My 200 back is still to come and we’re going into tomorrow with a new and positive attitude. Team wise, we think we can do better in tomorrow’s prelims and we’re going to try to return as many swimmers as possible tomorrow night. We want to be as high in the standings as possible. The great thing about this team is we have only one junior and we have so many talented freshmen and sophomores behind me and the other seniors.”


Crippen rallied to shatter the Florida record with a second-place, silver-medal performance in the 400-yard IM. Crippen checked in at 4:02.91 to down her 4:05.00 set at NCAAs last season. The sophomore came in second by just two seconds to American and NCAA Record Holder, Julia Smit, of Stanford, who clocked a 4:00.90. Crippen held the lead through the butterfly and backstroke legs, but Smit took over in the breaststroke portion of the race and maintained in the free leg to clock the victory.


“Me, Julia (Smit – Stanford) and Alicia (Aemisegger – Princeton) have all raced together forever because we’re all from the same area,” Crippen said. “It was nice to know how they were going to swim the race going into it. That helped me be confident. Also, every time we go out there and swim, I know they’re going to give me a good race.”


In the 200-yard freestyle, sophomores Shara Stafford (Topeka, Kan.) and Melania Costa-Schmid (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) represented the Orange and Blue, Stafford with a career-best 1:44.00 to finish first in the consolation final, ninth overall. Costa-Schmid took 15th (1:45.77). In the women’s 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Jemma Lowe (Hartlepool, England) placed 13th in the 16-woman finals field with a 52.75.


Prior to the first individual swims of the evening, UF’s 200-yard medley relay took to the water. Spofforth kicked off the swim with the fastest 50 back split, a 23.92, while sophomores Lindsay Rogers (Fishers, Ind.), Lowe and Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.) collaborated in the breast, fly and free legs to bring the Gators home in 1:37.01, marking the second-fastest 200 medley relay in Florida history.


Florida senior diver Kara Salamone (Cooper City, Fla.) crashed the boards for the Gators with a sixth-place finals finish (326.75) in the three-meter springboard competition earning All-America status for the second-consecutive year after earning honors in the one-meter and platform competitions at the 2009 NCAA meet.


“I’m very proud of Kara’s contribution today,” diving coach Donnie Craine said. “It was awesome. We were one dive away from finals yesterday and she did a great job bouncing back and doing today what we knew she could do all along.”


The Gators closed out the second day of competition at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center with a third-place swim in the 800-yard freestyle relay, composed of Stafford, Crippen, Costa-Schmid and freshman Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.), UF cruised to a 7:01.53, the second-fastest time in UF history, to shut down competition Friday.


Florida returns Saturday for the third and final day of competition. Prelims kick off at 11 a.m. (ET), while finals of the following events are slated for 7 p.m. (ET):

200 backstroke

100 freestyle

200 breaststroke

200 butterfly

400 free relay

Platform diving

1650 freestyle


Gator fans can follow all the action live here.


2010 National Titles (2)

1. 200-yard free relay (Stafford, Spofforth, Napier, Bateman): 1:27.79

2. 100-yard backstroke: Gemma Spofforth, 50.92


UF Records Set at 2010 NCAA Championships (3)

1. 200-yard free relay (Stafford, Spofforth, Napier, Bateman): 1:27.79

**Previous: Napier, Spofforth, Stafford, Bateman (2009; 1:28.15)

2. 50-yard freestyle: Shara Stafford, 22.16

**Previous: Stephanie Napier (2009; 22.17)

3. 400-yard individual medley: Teresa Crippen, 4:02.91

            **Previous: Teresa Crippen (2009; 4:05.00)


UF NCAA Swim & Dive Notes

·          So far in the 2010 NCAA campaign, the Gators have racked up their 101st and 102nd national titles, taking the 200 free relay and 100 back races in West Lafayette

·          Florida won its first-ever 200-yard freestyle relay national title on day one of NCAAs. The quartet of Spofforth, Stafford, Napier and Bateman clocked a school record 1:27.79 in the race to chalk up Florida’s 101st national title all-time

·          For Stafford, Napier and Bateman, the UF relay victory marked their first NCAA titles

·          On the second day of competition, Spofforth defended her 100-yard back NCAA title with a 50.92 swim, three-peating in the event and chalking up her sixth individual NCAA title, her seventh overall, after contributing to the 200 free relay title on day one

·          Spofforth’s 100-yard back title marked UF’s fifth 100 back title in Gator history, with the last three belonging to the senior. Spofforth additionally became one of five swimmers in NCAA history to win three straight in the event [Sue Walsh (UNC), Betsy Mitchell (Texas), Lea Loveless (Stanford) and Natalie Coughlin (California)]

·          Sophomore Teresa Crippen shattered her own UF record in the 400-yard individual medley (4:05.00) on day two, taking second with a time of 4:02.91 to U.S. Olympian, American and NCAA Record Holder, Julia Smit, of Stanford


2010 UF All-America Performances (by student-athlete, through day two)

1. Sarah Bateman (3 honors): 200 free relay, 50 free^, 200 medley relay

2. Stephanie Napier (1 honor): 200 free relay

3. Gemma Spofforth (5 honors ): 200 free relay, 200 IM^, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 100 back

4. Shara Stafford (4 honors): 200 free relay, 50 free, 400 medley relay, 800 free relay

5. Melania Costa-Schmid (2 honors): 500-yard free^, 800 free relay

6. Lindsay Rogers (2 honors): 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay

7. Jemma Lowe (3 honors): 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 100 butterfly^

8. Teresa Crippen (2 honors): 400 individual medley, 800 free relay

9. Kara Salamone (1 honor): three-meter diving

10. Jamie Bohunicky (1 honor): 800 free relay

^ indicates honorable mention



F – Florida record

* – Career best


200-yard medley relay

3. 1:37.01 (Spofforth, Rogers, Lowe, Bateman)


400-yard individual medley

2. Teresa Crippen: 4:02.91 *F


100-yard butterfly

13. Jemma Lowe: 52.75


200-yard freestyle

9. Shara Stafford: 1:44.00 *

15. Melania Costa-Schmid: 1:45.77


100-yard backstroke

1. Gemma Spofforth: 50.92


Three-meter diving

6. Kara Salamone: 326.75


800-yard freestyle relay

3. Stafford, Bohunicky, Crippen, Costa-Schmid: 7:01.53




F – Florida record

* – Career best


200-yard medley relay

3. 1:37.68 (Spofforth, Rogers, Lowe, Bateman) – finals qualifier


400-yard individual medley

2. Teresa Crippen: 4:05.72 – finals qualifier

35. Kirsten Smith: 4:15.71

36. Corinne Showalter: 4:16.06


100-yard butterfly

11. Jemma Lowe: 52.61 – consolation qualifier

34. Sarah Bateman: 53.90


200-yard freestyle

10. Shara Stafford: 1:45.27 – consolation qualifier

13. Melania Costa-Schmid: 1:45.45 – consolation qualifier *

33. Jamie Bohunicky: 1:47.48

37. Liz Kemp: 1:47.63


100-yard breaststroke

41. Lindsay Rogers: 1:02.69


100-yard backstroke

2. Gemma Spofforth: 52.04 – finals qualifier


Three-meter diving

5. Kara Salamone: 338.85 – finals qualifier

37. Monica Dodson: 257.40



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