Saturday January 14, 2012Gators Win All But One in Victory over Owls
The University of Florida swimming and diving team continued its programs success Saturday afternoon when both the women’s and men’s squad tallied a W in the win column. The women scored 159 points to FAU’s 115, to improve to 6-1 on the year and 16-0 in program history against FAU. The men, short eight swimmers who are currently in Dallas for the Classic @ SMU, defeated FAU 162-120 to remain undefeated on the year at 4-0-1.
On the day, the Gators captured 27 of 28 victories from 22 separate swimmers, and went on to sweep 15 events.
It all began when sophomore Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) won the 1,000 free after she finished in 9:55.77. She was followed by junior Sharla Milne (Lithia, Fla.) and freshman Molly Dubrasky (Estero, Fla.) who clocked in at 10:04.36 and 10:09.30 to close out the Gator sweep and finish second and third, respectively.
The men’s 1,000 free followed suit, with another Gator sweep when Jonathan Jordan (Tampa, Fla.), Billy Silva (Gainesville, Fla.) and Thomas Veale (Ft. Lauderdale) finished one-two-three in times of 9:19.68, 9:19.77 and 9:38.92, respectively.
Both the men and women combined to sweep the 200 free.
Senior Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.), freshman Natasha Fung (Edmonton, Canada) and Corinne Showalter (Sarasota, Fla.) rounded out the Florida sweep with Bateman in first (1:49.07), Fung in second (1:49.35) and Showalter in third (1:50.65). For the men, Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) took the top spot when the junior finished in 1:40.15, and then followed by senior Matt Norton (Port Orange, Fla.) who took second (1:40.98), and freshman Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) who took third (1:42.77).
The men swept the 100 back with the help of newcomer Christian Homer (Trinidad & Tobego) who made his collegiate debut with a victory after he finished the race in 51.58. He was followed by fellow freshmen teammates Austin Ringquist (Hillsoboro, Ore.) and Colin Hamilton (Jacksonville, Fla.) who finished in 52.87 and 53.20, respectively, for the second and third place finish.
The Gator women swept four straight events in the 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free and 100 free.
With the efforts of Sarra Lajnef (Tunis, Tunisia), Julia Treible (Roswell, Ga.) and Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) the Gators left the pool with the top three spots in the 100 breast. Lajnef clocked in at 1:05.17 for first, Treible in 1:06.29 for second and Crippen in 1:08.32 for third.
Three others in Anna-Liisa Pold (San Diego, Calif.), Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) and Summer Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) combined to sweep the 200 fly in 2:02.15, 2:02.70 and 2:03.43, respectively. In the 50 free, Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.), Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Shelby McLean (Orlando, Fla.) finished one-two-three in nearly a second of one another as Bohunicky touched in 23.52 for first, Frehling in 23.57 for second and 24.88 for third.
Finally, Bohunicky, Crippen and Kirsten Smith (Cary, N.C.) closed out the four-event streak when the trio stopped the clock one after another in the 100 free. Bohunicky, one of two Gators to capture more than one victory, claimed the 100 free title after she touched 50.45. Crippen, not far behind, hit the wall at 50.69 for second, while Smith finished the race in 52.66 for third.
Several Florida swimmers captured individual victories without the help of a complete Orange and Blue, first through third, finish.
For the women, Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Trish Regan (Carmel, Ind.) each added a first-place finish, and help claim both backstroke titles for the Gators as Beisel touched the wall in 56.22 and Regan in 2:01.14, each for the first place finish.
Four separate members of the men’s squad also collected their first individual wins of the season when they dove into the pool to face the Owls.
A duo of freshmen in Ricky Munch (Fairfax, Va.) and Austin Ringquist (Hillsboro, Ore.) each collected their first collegiate victories. Munch claimed the 100 breast title when he finished in 58.23, while Ringquist took the top spot in the 200 back (1:52.55)
Omana added another victory under his belt when he finished the 200 breast first in 2:06.49
Seniors Gabriel Huen (Caracas, Venezuela), James Turner (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) and Norton, also notched their first individual victories of the season. Huen accomplished the feat after he stopped the clock at 49.70 in the 400 fly; Turner did it after he touched the wall in 21.00 for first in the 50 freestyle; and Norton notched his own win with his 45.78 performance in the 100 free.
The Gators closed out the meet with a sweep in all but one of the afternoon’s final events.
Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) finished first in the 200 breast (2:17.36) and was followed by teammates Beisel (2:19.30) for second, and Trebile (2:21.85) for third. In the 500 free, Dubrasky led the way in the pool when she clocked in at 4:51.19. Nagy and Fung closed out the two-three spots in 4:56.48 and 4:59.45, respectively.
Silva (4:34.04), Jordan (4:36.55) and Hamilton (4:38.67) teamed for a top-three finish in the 500 free, while Frehling (56.24), Pold (56.90) and Zalewski (57.33) accomplished the same feat in the 100 fly.
The Florida relays dominated the days meet from start to finish. In the first event of the day, the quartet of Bateman, Luthersdottir, Zalewski and Frehling hit an NCAA ‘B’ cut time when they finished the race in first with a 1:42.32 mark. They were followed by two other Florida relays to finish the Gator sweep.
In the 400 IM Stephens finished in 4:24.47 for the first finish of the event – Lajnef (4:24.51) followed in second, and Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) stopped the clock at 4:26.31 for third. It was Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) that started the final sweep of the day for the Gators when he touched the wall in 3:54.73 to finish the 400 IM in NCAA ‘B’ time. Teammates Omana (4:00.62) and Taylor (4:03.25) followed his lead with the two-three finish.
In the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay team of Fung, Bohunicky, Crippen and Bateman finished five seconds ahead of any other team, to touch the wall first in 3:23.19.
The men finished first in both the 200 medley and 400 relay races to solidify the victory. It was Ringquist, Omana, Levar Goossen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Turner who took to the pool and captured the 200 medley relay title in 1:35.46. Norton and Hamilton later teamed with Goossen and Turner to finish the 400 free in 3:06.26 ahead of all other competitors.
On the boards, a trio of Gators in Sean Saley (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Chris Jones (Palm City, Fla.) and David Springfels (Bradenton, Fla.) swept the 1-meter competition, finishing one through third, respectively, to kick-start the Gators lead early Saturday afternoon. Saley, also clinched the 3-meter title when he scored 333.75 off the boards and finished yet another sweep for Florida
The two victories on the day were the first in Saley’s career as a Gator after he walked onto the team last season.
Senior Kaylee Doback (Brandon, Fla.) swept both diving events when she won the 1-meter competition with a score of 293.93, and three-meter with a 353.63 mark.
For full results from today’s meet versus FAU, please click here.
Both the men’s and women’s squads will closeout home competition next Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. when Florida plays host to SEC foe Auburn for senior day. Recognition for all Gator senior swimmers will take place before the start of the meet. Fans are also encouraged to follow the swimming and diving program on Twitter or Facebook for all the latest news and information.