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Thursday February 20, 2003Swim & Dive Teams Post Second Strong Day At SEC's

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida menís and womenís swimming and diving teams continued their success in the second day of competition at the 2003 SEC Championships held at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. The menís team is currently in second place with a score of 237, trailing Auburn by 69.5 points. The womenís team jumped four spots to third place with a score of 197.

"Both teams swam well today," head coach Gregg Troy said. "That is about as good of a performance as we can get from the guys. We are very pleased with the qualifying times we got on the womenís side."

Junior Sara McLarty (Deland, Fla.) highlighted the day, as she won the SEC title in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall three seconds ahead of competitors with a time of 4:41.10 . The time was eight-tenths of a second away from breaking the SEC record and is the fourth best time in UF history.

"It was a great race between me and the Auburn gals," McLarty said. "Itís going to be fun to swim this race again with them in March."

"Sara is an outstanding performer," Troy said. "She always rises to the occasion. She swam an almost perfect race."

Sophomore Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) also finished fifth in the final of the 500-free with a time of 4:45.46. Senior Anna Chapman (St. Simons Island, Ga.) won the consolation final with a career best time of 4:49.51. Freshman Jamie Tannhauser (Seattle, Wash.) finished 10th in the consolation race in a collegiate best time of 4:50.75.

After swimming a season best time of 1:59.87 in the prelims, freshman Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfeld, Germany) finished third in the finals of the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:00.23. In the consolation final, senior Cara Teague (Sugar Land, Texas) finished 13th in 2:04.11, sophomore Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) finished 14th in 2:04.22 and junior Casey Seland (Longwood, Fla.) finished 16th in 2:06.11.

In the 50-yard freestyle finals, sophomore Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) finished seventh with a season best time of 23.02. In the consolation final, junior Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland) placed 12th in 23.37.

To conclude the meet for the women, the 200-yard freestyle team of Farrell, senior Renate duPlessis (Capetown, South Africa), Gibney and senior Diane Tennison (Lafayette, La.) placed third with a NCAA automatic time of 1:30.51.

On the menís side, sophomore Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) finished second in the 500-yard freestyle for the second straight season. Siouiís time of 4:18.07 was only eight-tenths of a second shy of Georgiaís Robert Margalis, who won the event in a time of 4:17.99. Siouiís mark in the event was good enough to meet a NCAA automatic qualifying mark. Fellow sophomore Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) finished in fifth with a time of 4:21.04, and freshman Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.) followed in seventh with a mark of 4:23.10.

Freshman Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) was UFís other second place finisher on the night, as he was runner-up with a time of 1:45.05 in the 200-yard individual medley. The time was a season-best for Lochte, who also qualified for the NCAA Championships next month. Junior Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) finished fifth in the event with a time of 1:47.71.

Junior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) recorded the highest finish of his career in the 50-yard freestyle at the SEC Championships with a third place finish in a time of 19.77.

Jayme was also a member of the Gatorsí 200-yard freestyle relay team that took second with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:18.49. The other members of the team included: sophomore Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil), Lochte and Sioui.

The third day of competition at the SEC Championships will begin at 10:30 Friday morning with the finals to begin at 6:30 p.m.

TEAM SCORES

WOMEN

1. Auburn 287.5

2. Georgia 235

3. Florida 197

4. South Carolina 177

5. Tennessee 146.5

6. Alabama 135

7. Arkansas 131

8. LSU 119

9. Kentucky 91

MEN

1. Auburn 306.5

2. Florida 237

3. Georgia 173

4. Tennessee 170

5. Alabama 124

6. South Carolina 102.5

7. Kentucky 98

8. LSU 95

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

MENíS 500-YARD FREESTYLE

Championship Final

1. Robert Margalis, UG 4:17.99

2. Adam Sioui, UF 4:18.07

5. Scott Kaufmann, UF 4:21.04

7. Brian Hartley, UF 4:23.10

Consolation Final

10. Jan Wolfgarten, UF 4:22.32

15. Chris Wiebeck, UF 4:26.28

Prelims

Exh. Steve Friedlander, UF 4:30.88

WOMENíS 500-YARD FREESTYLE

Championship Final

1. Sara McLarty, UF 4:41.10

5. Meredith Green, UF 4:45.46

Consolation Final

9. Anna Chapman, UF 4:49.51

10. Jamie Tannhauser, UF 4:50.75

Prelims

Exh. Jessica Schrock, UF 4:49.63

Exh. Desiree Frega, UF 4:58.34

MENíS 200-YARD IM

Championship Final

1. George Bovell, AU 1:44.21

2. Ryan Lotche, UF 1:45.05

5. Chris Kellam, UF 1:47.17

Consolation Final

12. Phillip Norris, UF 1:50.22

14. Claudio Ulrich, UF 1:50.62

Prelims

19. Corey Welch, UF 1:51.90

24. Mac Warren, UF 1:53.61

WOMENíS 200-YARD IM

Championship Final

1. Maggie Bowen, AU 1:55.73

3. Vipa Bernhardt, UF 2:00.23

Consolation Final

13. Cara Teague, UF 2:04.11

14. Rebecca Harper, UF 2:04.22

16. Casey Seland, UF 2:06.11

Prelims

17. Jaime Ellis, UF 2:05.36

exh. Katie Kennedy, UF 2:01.65

MENíS 50-YARD FREESTYLE

Championship Final

1. Fred Bousquet, AU 19.57

3. Carlos Jayme, UF 19.77

Prelims

t26. Nick Borreca, UF 20.81

28. Scott Schultz, UF 20.90

exh. Will Ratliff, UF 21.10

WOMENíS 50-YARD FREESTYLE

Championship Final

1. Maritza Correia, UG 21.93

7. Maureen Farrell, UF 23.02

Consolation Final

12. Chantal Gibney, UF 23.37

WOMENíS ONE-METER DIVING

1. Jaime Sanger, UT 323.25

Prelims

9. Nicole Bolt, UF 253.25

16. Jessica Ranieri, UF 229.55

MENíS 200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

1. Auburn 1:17.73

(Wochomurka, Kidd, Gibb, Bousquet)

2. Florida 1:18.39

(Jayme, Mangabeira, Lochte, Sioui)

WOMENíS 200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

1. Auburn 1:29.48

(Short, Coparropa, Anderson, Bowden)

3. Florida 1:30.51

(Farrell, duPlessis, Gibney, Tennison)

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