Friday November 4, 2011Florida Leads After First Day of Competition with Michigan and Stanford
The University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team captured seven first-place finishes to stand atop of the standings following the first day of action in a two-day, double-dual meet against top-tier programs Michigan and Stanford, Friday afternoon at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Gators lead the Wolverines 156-102.00 and Cardinals 145-111 with one session left to swim on Saturday morning.
The meet marked the fourth straight year that all three schools have met in a double-dual meet. Friday’s series of events featured a long course format in preparation for the Olympic year, while Saturday will be run short course for all competitive events.
Sophomore Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) was the lone Gator to secure two individual victories on the day to lead the team. The World Champion swimmer finished the 400-meter free in 4:14.76, four seconds before second-place finisher and teammate Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) who touched in 4:18.08. Fellow Gator Sharla Milne (Lithia, Fla.) closed out the remaining top competitors for Florida in the 400 free, taking fifth in 4:26.52.
Beisel also claimed the top spot in the 400-meter IM with a sizzling 4:43.01 mark, touching the wall seven seconds before any other competitor in the pool. Competing alongside the Rhode Island native were teammates Kirsten Smith (Cary, N.C.) and Angelina Ballatore (Gainesville, Fla.) who closed out the top-five spots in the 400 IM taking fourth (5:01.20) and fifth (5:02.14), respectively.
Right off of a spectacular performance against Florida State Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.) claimed the 50 free in 25.75, to mark the third consecutive meet that she has left the pool with the fastest time in the event. The senior finished second in the 100 fly (1:00.91) and fifth in the 100 back with a 1:06.18 mark, as the Gators’ highest finisher in each event.
Bohunicky took the 200 free in 2:03.19 to claim first, while Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) also took a top-spot for the Gators, finishing the 100 breast in 1:13.11. Luthersdottir also claimed a top-five finish for the Gators in the 200 IM with a time of 2:23.71.
Reigning SEC Swimmer of the Week Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) took third in the 200 IM, clocking in at 2:21.52, leading all Florida swimmers in the event.
A duo of freshmen in Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) and Natasha Fung (Edmonton, Canada) also competed well for Florida, posting points in three separate events – the 200 IM, 200 free and 100 breast. Rainer swam the 100 breast in 1:14.55, and 200 IM in a personal-best 2:23.58 to take third and fourth, respectively. Fung took third in the 200 free, touching the wall in 2:06.18.
Florida claimed two first- and second-place finishes when its relay teams dove into the water to claim the 400 medley and 800 freestyle relay titles. The Gators closed out each session on Friday with a victory in the respective relay events. The combination of Beisel, Luthersdottir, Crippen and Bateman took the 400 medley relay in a blistering 4:16.60, with Bateman anchoring the team with the fastest leg, recording at 57.44 split. Both Beisel and Crippen later teamed up with Fung and Bohunicky to finish ahead of the pool of competitors, uncontested in a time of 8:19.12. Florida finished closely behind Stanford in the 200 freestyle relay, and was edged out by Michigan in the 200 medley relay to take the runner-up spot.
On the boards, Danielle Risley (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Kaylee Doback (Brandon, Fla.) each competed for Florida, taking third and fifth respectively in the one-meter competition. Risley finished the day with 257.40 points, while Doback scored a 251.85 in the event.
For day one results, please click here.
Day two of the double-dual meet against Michigan and Stanford continues Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., with the meet slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. ET. Live results can be found online by following this link. Fans are encouraged to follow the Florida swimming and diving program on Twitter or Facebook.
Session Three - Friday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. ET
400-yard Freestyle Relay