Friday November 9, 2001Swimming and Diving Defeat Clemson
The University of Florida men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated Clemson Friday at the Canham Natatorium in Clemson, S.C. The No. 11 Gator men (5-1) won by a score of 143-96, while the No. 8 Florida women (6-0) won 147-91.
The Lady Gators claimed 25 top-three finishes to claim their third victory over Clemson, protecting their undefeated record against the Tigers. Sophomore Sarah McLarty (DeLand, Fla.) claimed the first win of the night in the 1000-yard freestyle by a 14-second margin (9:56.50) and scored a second championship finish in the 400-yard individual medley (4:20.49). Florida took second and third in the 1000-yard freestyle with junior Anna Chapman (St. Simons Island, Ga.) scoring 10:10.44 and freshman Jessica Schrock (Palm Harbor, Fla.) swimming a time of 10:17.34 respectively.
Florida ran the table on three other events, including the 400-yd. individual medley with three freshman claiming the runner-up finishes behind McLarty's gold. Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) took second and Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) took third with times of 4:26.67 and 4:28.82 respectively.
The diving team also swept both the one- and three-meter springboard events. The veteran junior Sarah Close (Clearwater, Fla.) won both events with sophomore Kristen Connor (Gainesville, Fla.) following close behind. Close scored 237.37 on the one-meter and 271.80 on the three-meter.
The men's team won 10 of a possible 13 events en route to its fifth victory of the season. The team of Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), Ian Chadsey (Reston, Va.), Hendrik Odendaal (Stellenbosch, South Africa) and Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) won the 200-yard medley relay, setting a strong pace for Florida for the meet. Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) claimed the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:40.67, a full two seconds faster than the next finisher.
Other individual winners included Jim Kostowicz (Longwood, Fla.) in the 50-yard freestyle, Eric Donnelly (Sarasota, Fla.) in the 400-yard individual medley and Jayme in the 100-yard freestyle. Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) swept the diving events, scoring 296.55 points in the one-meter dive and 317.48 points in the three-meter event.
Florida travels to Columbia, S.C., Saturday at 9 a.m. to face SEC foe South Carolina in a dual meet.