Saturday October 20, 2001Swimming and Diving Win Double Dual
Both the men and women Gators defeated both Indian River Community College and Miami in a double dual meet hosted at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natorium Saturday, October 20. The men's team won 63-47 over Indian River and 77-26 over Miami. The Lady Gators beat Indian River 74-35 and Miami 61-50.
Junior Anna Chapman (St. Simons Island, Ga.) led the attack with the first individual win of the night. Chapman won the 1000-yard freestyle (10:00.28) with fellow Gator junior Andrea Bennett (Maryville, Tenn.) taking second (10:25.56).
The Gators also took one-two finishes in the 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard butterfly. Winning the individual medley (4:21.47) was sophomore Sara McClarty (DeLand, Fla.) who was cheered on by her grandmother who won the Senior Games gold medal in golf Friday and will compete in swimming events Sunday.
Following McLarty, freshman Katie Kennedy (Ft. Myers, Fla.) took second (4:28.67) in the 400-yd. individual medley. Freshman Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) won the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.12) with Natalie Nickson (Orlando, Fla.) taking second (2:05.96). Harper's time also qualified as an NCAA B time.
The men had a similar evening, also claiming their first win in the 1000-yard freestyle. Freshman Oliver Heinricher (Titusville, Fla.) took the first gold (9:42.10) of the night. Florida freshmen continued to dominate the meet with Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.20) and Jan Wolfgarten's (Frankfurt, Germany) first place in the 400-yard individual medley (4:07.80). Not to let the swimmers get all of the attention, freshman diver Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) won the 3-meter springboard (347.17) and took and overall second on the 1-meter (301.27).
"There was a lot of swimming for these athletes this week and they looked very solid," head coach Gregg Troy said. "I am very pleased with the amount of work they have been putting into their training. You can see a good tone being set for the year. We got to see a lot of their performances this weekend, and some might not have been good, but I see some things that put us on-track."
The Gators will put their perfect-record seasons on the road for the first time of the year. The men's team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the Wolverines of Michigan on October 26. The women's team will get a break until November 9, when they face off against Clemson.