Saturday October 20, 2012Gators in Third Place after First Night at SMU Classic
The University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team finished the first day of competition at the SMU Classic in third place with 145 points. Southern California is leading after day one with 185 points, followed by North Carolina with 149.5 points.
The teams competed in nine events, beginning with the 400 medley relay. Florida’s group of freshman Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.), junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland), freshman Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) and freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) took third place in a time of 3:41.72.
Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) had a second place finish in the 400 IM touching in a time of 4:07.59 and sophomore Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) came in ninth with a 4:18.03. In the 200 free, senior Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) took fourth (1:49.39) and McKnight was ninth (1:48.73).
Hinds had a strong night, collecting two top-six finishes after coming in second in the 50 free in 23.18 and fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.75. Junior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) finished eighth in both the 50 free (23.43) and the 100 fly (54.69).
In the 100 backstroke, Linn earned a fifth place finish with a time of 56.27. Beisel was first in the consolation final, finishing seventh overall in a time of 54.71. Luthersdottir finished third in the 100 breast (1:02.57) and Rainer was 10th (1:04.98).
Diving for Florida was freshman Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio). Mosher took fourth on the one-meter diving event with a score of 243.10.
The Gators rounded out the evening with a third place finish in the 800 free relay, as the group of Linn, Bohunicky, Beisel and McKnight clocked in at 7:21.37.
The complete results can be found here. The Gators will compete in the last night of the SMU Classic tomorrow night beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. The events are listed below.
A swimmer may swim three events per day but one of those must be a relay.
2. Each team enters one swimmer per heat, and the best swimmer must be in the championship heat.
3. The total squad can only be eight swimmers and one diver.
4. There is only one championship heat for relays.
5. The consolation heat will take place before the championship heat.
6. Lane positions will rotate after each event.
7. Scoring is as follows:
- Individual: 16-13-12-11-10-9-7-5-4-3-2-1
- Relays: 24-20-18-16-14-12
Diving events will consist of 6 optional dives on 1-Meter and 3-Meter boards.
200 Medley Relay
200 Freestyle Relay