Friday October 11, 2002Men's Swimming & Diving Opens Season With Win
The University of Florida men's swimming team opened its 2002-03 season with an impressive 129-95 win over LSU Friday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium. The Gators won event with the exception of four, as they ran their record to 1-0.
Florida ran its all-time series record with LSU to a perfect 15-0. The Gators also improved to 71-10 in season-openers, including a 7-0 mark against the Tigers in season opening dual meets.
"As a whole, I thought the entire meet went well," fourth-year Gator Head Coach Gregg Troy said of his men's squad. "They swam better than we expected and it's a positive note for us to begin with."
Freshman Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) had a terrific collegiate debut, as he won two events. The newcomer started off his day by winning the 200-yard individual medley (1:51.40), and followed that with a victory in the 500-yard freestyle (4:31.03).
Another Gator that pulled off dual victories was junior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil). Jayme, who recently won the 100-meter freestyle at the Brazilian Nationals, won the 100-yard freestyle (44.13). Jayme grabbed a win earlier in the meet as he was victorious in the 50 free with a time of 20.11. Both times were good enough for NCAA provisional qualifying times for the 2003 NCAA Championships.
"Ryan and Carlos started off strong," said Troy, who improved his record to 27-13 as the men's coach. "I think swimming in the Brazilian Nationals is really going to pay off for Carlos, because he didn't look rusty. Ryan wasn't nervous at all and swam strong."
The Gators were victorious in the one relay event that they competed in, as the team of Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), Ian Chadsey (Reston, Va.), Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil) and Jayme won the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 3:21.37.
On the diving side, Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) got the Florida scoring started with a victory in the one-meter diving with a score of 323.77.
Other Gator winners included: Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) in the 1,650 Free (15:40.86); Greg King (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in the 200 Fly (1:53.22); and Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) in the 200 Back (1:51.07).
Florida will be back in action next Friday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m., when the Gators host Indian River Community College at the O'Connell Center Natatorium. The diving competition will begin at 2 p.m.
WINNER AND UF RESULTS ONLY
400-YARD MEDLEY RELAY
3. Florida, 3:29.50
4. Florida, 3:30.48
6. Florida, 3:34.99
3. Nick Borreca, UF, 21.81
200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
3. Justin Zumsteg, UF, 1:54.76
5. Chris Kellam, UF, 1:58.02
4. Scott Schultz, UF, 47.61
5. Nick Borreca, UF, 48.12
3. Brian Hartley, UF, 1:56.85
4. Andrew Greener, UF, 1:57.44
5. Jonathan Strauss, UF, 1:57.95
400-YARD FREE RELAY
1. Kyle Van Arsdall, LSU, 265.42