Saturday October 20, 2001Women's Swiming and Diving Dominate Florida Relays
The women's swimming and diving team obliterated all opposition at the Florida Relays hosted at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natorium on Saturday, October 20. Florida took first with a score of 152, Michigan followed at 120 and Miami took third with 70.
The teams competed in eight relay events. The Gators won four relays, claiming a total of 12 top-three finishes. They took one-two finishes in the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 850-yard crescendo relay.
The winning 800-yd. free winning team (7:36.48) consisted of sophomores Janelle Atkinson (Jamaica), Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland), Rebekah Olsen (Portland, Ore.) and freshman Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.). Taking second in the 800-yd. free (7:41.58) was the team of freshman Jessica Schrock (Palm Harbor, Fla.), junior Anna Chapman (St. Simons Island, Ga.), junior Andrea Bennett (Maryville, Tenn.) and sophomore Sara Mclarty (DeLand, Fla.). On hand to root on McLarty was her grandmother who claimed a gold medal for golf in the Senior Games hosted Friday, Oct. 19, and will be competing in the swimming events Sunday, Oct. 21.
The teams that won the 850-yd. crescendo relay were lead by veteran swimmers. Taking the gold (8:12.13) was the team of senior Leah Martindale (St. James, Barbados), sophomore Casey Seland (Longwood, Fla.), senior Diane Tennison (Lafayette, La.) and Chapman. The second place team (8:18.38) composed of junior Desiree Frega (Aurora, Col.), Atkinson, junior Kim Ecott (Cooper City, Fla.) and Bennett.
The Gators have one more competition slated before the weekend is over. They will join with the men's team as they compete in a double-dual meet against Indian River Community College and Miami. The meet will be hosted at the O'Connell Center Natorium at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 20.