Saturday January 18, 2003No. 6 Men's Swim & Dive Finishes Second At DMNC
The No. 6 University of Florida men's swimming and diving team concluded the 2003 Dallas Morning News Classic with a second-place finish with 300 points Saturday night. The Gators finished behind only No. 4 California, who had 352 points at the Perkins Natatorium on the Southern Methodist campus.
It marked the ninth time the Gators competed in the prestigious event, and it the second-place effort was the highest a Florida team has finished at the DMNC since the 1986-87 season when UF won its second consecutive team title.
The Gators finished ahead of No.7 Minnesota, who took third with a score of 285. Arizona State finished fourth with 254 points, while No. 13 Georgia took fifth with 240 points. Host school SMU, rounded out the team standings in sixth with 234 points.
Florida was led by freshman Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), who picked up his second second-place finish in an event in two days, and then followed that up with a championship in the 200-yard individual medley. Lochte got his night started with a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:23.90. On Friday night, Lochte grabbed a runner-up finish in the 400-yard individual medley with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:48.10.
The freshman finally got into the winner's circle later on during the second night with his top time of 1:47.81, which set a new meet record. The meet record was the second in two days for the Gators, as UF's 800-yard freestyle relay team set a new Dallas Classic record with a time of 6:35.01.
Senior Ian Chadsey (Reston, Va.) finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:01.47. Chadsey was joined by the Gators' 200-yard freestyle relay team that took runner-up honors in its event. The team of Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil), Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil), Lochte and Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) finished with a time of 1:21.30.
Sophomore diver Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) took third in the three-meter springboard diving competition with a time of 347.55. Wilcox met the NCAA Diving Zones mark in both the one- and three-meter dives in the meet.
Florida will be back in action next Thursday and Friday (Jan. 24-25), as the Gators will swing through the state of Alabama for battles against Auburn and Alabama. The Gators will take on the No. 4 Tigers at 7 p.m. Thursday night, and will then take on the 19th-ranked Crimson Tide at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
1. California 352
2. Florida 300
3. Minnesota 285
4. Arizona State 254
5. Georgia 240
6. SMU 234
400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY
3. Florida, 3:01.76
(Mangabeira, Jayme, Sioui, Wiebeck)
9. Mac Warren, UF, 4:35.16
3. Chris Kellam, UF, 1:46.79
9. Kris Wiebeck, UF, 1:48.45
10. Mac Warren, UF, 2:08.46
3. Zach Wilcox, UF, 347.55
3. Carlos Jayme, UF, 44.88
11. Kris Wiebeck, UF, 47.01
6. Adam Sioui, UF, 1:52.20
9. Gabriel Mangabeira, UF, 1:49.28
9. Chris Kellam, UF, 1:52.90
200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY
(Jayme, Mangabeira, Lochte, Sioui)
*New Meet Record