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Sunday March 2, 2014Florida Swimming Wraps Up Last Chance Meet, Awaits NCAA Championships

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida swimmers notched multiple NCAA provisional qualifying times and personal bests at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga. The two-day event served as the final opportunity for swimmers to post a swim that would qualify them for the NCAA Championships.


The Last Chance Meet operated as a time trial with no team scoring. If swimmers were unable to hit the automatic qualifying times they can still advance to the NCAA meet in events that are not filled up with the automatic qualifiers.


Following the SEC Championships, the Gators have qualified all five relays for the men’s and women’s teams, nine individual men and six individual women.


Top Performers: All of the below listed times are NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

·         Sophomore Ashlee Linn posted a top-25 time nationally in the 200 backstroke (1:54.52).

·         Colin Hamilton, Matt Thompson and Alex Dehner registered marks of 1:44.00, 1:44.25 and 1:46.08, respectively, in the 200 back. Thompson posted his personal best of 1:35.58 in the 200 free.

·         Autumn Finke notched a pair of personal bests in the 1650 freestyle (16:21.82) and the 500 freestyle (4:46.23). Finke’s mile time ranks her in the top-50 nationally.

·         Matt Curby shaved .06 off of his 100 free time from SECs, and his time of 43.30 ranks in the top-40 nationally.

·         Billy Silva lowered his time in the 400 individual medley to 3:49.96. Adam Bull also dropped time in the 400 IM (3:49.86).

·         Thomas Veale registered a mark of 4:20.63 in the 500 free.

·         Luke Torres achieved a season low times of 48.15 in the 100 butterfly and 1:46.33 in the 200 butterfly.


What’s Next: The divers will have the opportunity to qualify at the NCAA Zone Diving in Greensboro, N.C., March 10-12. The women’s NCAA Championship will take place from March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minn., and the men will compete a week later in Austin from March 27-29.

Replay of SEC Championships: The men's 90-minute highlight show will air March 3 at 4 p.m. The women's show will air March 4 at 5:30 p.m. Each will be broadcast on ESPNU.


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