Thursday December 5, 2002Swim Teams Qualify For Day One Finals At U.S. Open
Six members of the University of Florida women's swimming team and 11 members of the men's swimming team qualified for the finals Thursday in the first day of competition at the 2002 U.S. Open held in Minneapolis, Minn.
On the women's side, junior Sara McLarty (Deland, Fla.) highlighted the first day of competition with a win in the 400-meter freestyle in a time of 4:15.64. McLarty also finished third in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.00. Freshman Jamie Reid (Orlando, Fla.) placed second in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:16.72 and she also finished ninth in the 200-meter IM with a time of 2:22.47. Freshman Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Herfeld, Germany) placed third in the 100-meter breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:11.19. Bernhardt also swam in the finals of the 200-meter IM (2:24.58).
Other Florida women's finalist swimmers included: sophomore Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) finishing ninth in the 200-meter backstroke (2:19.36); sophomore Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) in the 400-meter freestyle (4:26.48) and freshman Mandy Huff (Gold Hill, N.C.) in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:15.83).
On the men's side, freshman Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) placed in both the 200-meter individual medley and the 400-meter freestyle. Lochte placed fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.63 and sixth in the 400 Free in a time of 3:59.44. Senior Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) placed eighth in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:05.79. Fellow senior Ian Chadsey (Reston, Va.) also finished eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:06.66. Junior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) was the other Gator swimmer to place, as he finished eighth in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 23.61.
Other Gators to reach the finals were: Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the 200 Back (2:08.28); Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) in the 200 Back (2:09.20); Philip Norris (Longwood, Fla.) in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:06.71); Corey Welch (Larksville, Pa.) in the 100 Breast (1:07.16); Mac Warren (North Palm Beach, Fla.) in the 200 IM (2:11.16); and Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) in the 400 Free (4:04.70); Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany) in the 400 Free (4:05.55).
The U.S. Open will continue Friday with the preliminaries of several other events beginning at 9 a.m. The finals for those events will begin at 6 p.m. The meet will conclude Saturday.