Saturday March 2, 2013Several Gators Swim Provisional Times at Last Chance Meet
The University of Florida swimming and diving teams competed in the first night of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet Saturday as they sent 26 swimmers who were looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Molly Dubrasky (Estero, Fla.) came in second in the women’s 500 free with a NCAA “B” time of 4:46.11 and fellow sophomore Savannah Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.) took fifth in the event with a time of 4:52.45.
On the men’s side, sophomore Austin Manganiello (Miami, Fla.) dropped six seconds off of his season-best time as he finished in a NCAA “B” time of 4:20.51 during the prelims and took first in the finals. Freshman Justin Kaisrlik (Clermont, Fla.) touched third in 4:25.83, sophomore Thomas Veale (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) as sixth with a time of 4:27.40 and sophomore Billy Silva (Gainesville, Fla.) was eighth and recorded his best time of the day 4:26.33 during prelims.
The 200 IM saw several Gators, as sophomore Natasha Fung (Edmonton, Canada) clocked in first with a NCAA “B” time of 1:58.80 to win the event. Sophomore Summer Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) finished in 2:01.77 and freshman Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) swam a time of 2:01.84. Also swimming for times was sophomore Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) who touched in a NCAA “B” time of 2:00.56 and freshman Sierra Kuhn (Verona, Wis.) finished in 2:01.92.
Just missing a NCAA “B” cut was sophomore Austin Ringquist (Hillsboro, Ore.) who touched first with a time of 1:49.21 in the 200 IM. Sophomore Ricky Munch (Clifton, Va.) finished in a time of 1:50.29.
Two Gator women swam the 50 free, with junior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) finished eighth in 23.38 and sophomore Shelby McLean (Orlando, Fla.) was 18th with her time of 24.14. Then sophomore Luke Torres (Miami, Fla.) in his personal-best 20.62, junior Levar Goossen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) swam a 20.69 and senior Rodion Davelaar (Willemstad, Netherlands) clocked in at 24.79.
Florida grabbed several NCAA “B” times in the 400 IM. Rainer finished second with a time of 4:12.66, sophomore Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) finished fourth in a time of 4:14.70 and sophomore Lauren Neidigh (Orange Park, Fla.) swam her season-best time of 4:16.99. Napier added a time of 4:24.57 for the UF women.
Freshman Adam Bull (Dallas, Texas) also had a NCAA “B” time in the 400 IM as he finished fifth in a time of 3:51.70, sophomore Harrison Curley (Winter Park, Fla.) swam his season-best time of 3:55.23 and Silva finished in 4:01.88.
In the women’s 100 fly, Kuhn was fifth with a time of 54.68 and Frehling took sixth in 54.80. Also in the event was Stephens who finished in 56.07, McKnight clocked in at 56.05, McLean in a time of 57.51 and Roy in 56.58. Goossen was the only male for the Orange and Blue as he clocked in at 49.91.
The Gators had six swimmers compete in the 200 free. The three women included Roy with her time of 1:48.89, Dubrasky had her best time of 1:48.80 in the prelims and Fung finished in 1:48.81. Then the men were sophomore Colin Hamilton (Jacksonville, Fla.) who swam a NCAA “B” time of 1:37.40, Ringquist finished in 1:38.06 and Kaisrlik touched in 1:39.71.
Senior Sarra Lajnef (Tunis, Tunisia) was the only female Gator in the 100 breast, as she clocked in with her season-best and NCAA “B” time of 1:02.40. Munch added a “B” time for the men after finishing in 53.84 and Davelaar also had a NCAA “B” time after stopping the clock at 55.31.
In the 100 back, McLean was the lone Gator as she clocked in at 57.32. Sophomore Christian Homer (Trinidad & Tobago) recorded a NCAA “B” time of 48.40, Manganiello finished in 48.53, Curley swam a 49.67 and Hamilton a 50.26 for the men.
Then in the time trials, several Gators looked to improve on their times. Freshman Ryan Rosenbaum (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) swam a NCAA “B” and personal-best time of 3:47.55 in the 400 IM and Silva improved upon his time earlier in the day finishing in his season-best and NCAA “B” time of 3:51.22.
Hamilton swam a 49.52 in the 100 fly. Then two Gator men dove in for the 200 free, with Manganiello recording a NCAA “B” time of 1:45.92 and Curley finished in 1:47.03. Finally closing out Saturday’s action was Lajnef in the 200 breast where she clocked a NCAA “B” time of 2:13.41.