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Saturday February 9, 2002UF Diver Sets Record, Swimming Wins on Senior Day

Gainesville, FL

Janelle Atkinson won the 1,000-yard freestyle by 27 seconds

Freshman diver Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) set a Florida record on the three-meter with a score of 369.22 and sophomore Janelle Atkinson (Jamaica) won the 1,000-meter freestyle, clocking in at 9:40.87, 27 seconds faster than the second-place time as the Florida men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept Florida Atlantic in their final regular season dual meet. The No. 6 women's team (12-2) won 169-111, while the No. 11 men's team (10-4) defeated the Owls 155-128.

"We saw a lot of good things today," said Head Coach Gregg Troy. "We saw a few things we need to be a little better at. It was a good tune-up. I think we're ready to go for SECs."

Wilcox's first-place score on the three-meter broke Scott Fosdick's record of 357.40 set in 1985. The freshman also won the one-meter with a score of 325.94. For the women, Sarah Close (Clearwater, Fla.) won both the one-meter (249.15) and the three-meter (310.57).

The women's team fed off Close's win with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay and continued from there. Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) won two events for the Gators, touching the wall in 56.91 in the 100-yar backstroke and 2:03.43 in the 200-yard backstroke. Other individual winners included Sara McLarty (DeLand, Fla.) in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.48), Desiree Frega (Aurora, Colo.) in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.20) and Casey Seland (Longwood, Fla.) in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.11).

For the men, Florida's "A" team in the 200-yard medley relay just edged out its "B" team, touching the wall in 1:31.13 for the Gators' second win of the day. The trend continued with Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany) winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 9:26.58. Senior Eric Donnelly (Sarasota, Fla.) won two events for the Gators - the 200-yard butterfly in 1:49.98 and the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:50.69.

The meet served as the final home meet for this year's seniors, who were honored before the meet for their performance and dedication to both the Gators and to the University of Florida.

"It's a pretty enthusiastic group of seniors," said Troy. "They performed today the way they have performed for the last four years. They really raced well."

Next up for the Gators is the SEC Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. The diving portion of the championships runs from Feb. 18-20, with swimming following from Feb. 20-23.

 

 

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