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Friday February 21, 2003Swim & Dive Teams Second After Day Three Of SECs

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida menís and womenís swimming and diving teams broke three school records Friday and are both in second place going into the final day at the 2003 SEC Championships held at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.

"On the womenís side we couldnít swim much better than we did today," head coach Gregg Troy said. "The women showed a lot of pride after having some misfortunes in the first half of the meet."

"The men stood up very well. Ryan Lochte swam awesome for a freshman and Adam Sioui continues to improve."

The menís team saw three individuals crowned SEC Champions on the night. Freshman Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) started the third night of finals competition by winning the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:43.31, a full four seconds better than the NCAA automatic qualifying standard. The amazing thing about his victory was the fact that Lochteís goggles broke right before the beginning of the race.

"It feels great to win the 400 IM after finishing second in the 200 IM last night," Lochte said. "My goggles were bothering me before we started, but I just focused on the race and didnít think about them."

In addition to Lochte, three Gators finished one-two-three in the consolation finals of the event. Freshman Mac Warren (Palm Beach, Fla.) finished first in a time of 3:52.41, while fellow freshman Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.) came in second with a mark of 3:52.48. Sophomore Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany) took third in the consolation bracket with a time of 3:53.82.

Sophomore Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) successfully defended his title in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:34.58. Following his conference title in the event last season, Sioui went on to win the NCAA title in the 200 Free. Junior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) finished third in the event with a time of 1:36.62. Sophomore Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) took 10th in the consolation finals with a time of 1:37.65, while junior Scott Schultz finished 13th in a time of 1:38.76.

"It feels great to come out here and win this event for the second year in a row," Sioui said. "Iíve been slowed a little bit by injuries, but I have come back from that and have been swimming pretty well lately."

Fellow sophomore Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil) was crowned SEC Champion in the first individual event of his career, as he won the 100-yard backstroke with a new school record of 46.80. Martin Zubero held the record of 47.23 since 1991. Mangabeira shook off a false start that haulted the race and returned to win it. The time was also good enough to meet a NCAA automatic qualifying standard. Teammate and defending SEC champion in the event, Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), finished fourth in a time of 48.01. Sophomore Claudio Ulrich (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) took seventh in a time of 48.79.

"The false start messed me up," Mangabeira said. "I just focused in on the race and swam hard. This is my first SEC individual championship and that feels awesome."

Sophomore Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) followed up his SEC title in the one-meter springboard dive with a fifth place finish in the three-meter dive with a score of 533.75. The Gatorsí 400-yard medley relay team took second with a time of 3:13.49. The team of Kellam, Ian Chadsey (Reston, Va.), Sioui and Jayme, improved upon their fourth place finish in the event from a year ago.

The top finisher for the womenís team was junior Sara McLarty (Deland, Fla.) as she finished runner up to four-time SEC Champion Maggie Bowen in the 400-yard individual medley with a career best time of 4:11.43. Bowen broke the SEC record of 4:07.75, held by former Gator Tracy Caulkins since 1984. Freshman Jamie Reid (Orlando, Fla.) swam an automatic, season best time of 4:13.59 to finish third finished third. Sophomore Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) placed fifth in 4:17.88 and freshman Danielle Duncan (Overland Park, Kan.) finished seventh in 4:19.62.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, freshman Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Herfeld, Germany) who broke the school record in the prelims earlier today with a time of 1:00.24, finished fourth with a time of 1:00.76. The 100-yard breast record of 1:01.37 was previously held by Caulkins in 1984 and Stephanie Zunich in 1990.

Duncan also finished sixth in the event with a time of 1:02.31.

Senior Renate duPlessis (Capetown, South Africa) finished third in the 100-yard butterfly with an automatic time of 53.22. That time marks the third highest in the country this year. Senior Cara Teague (Sugar Land, Texas) and sophomore Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) finished seventh and eighth with times of 54.34 and 54.64, respectively.

Junior Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland) placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:47.69.

In the 100-yard backstroke, three Gators scored in the championship finals as sophomore Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) finished third with an automatic qualifying time of 54.38. Reid and duPlessis both tied for fourth with automatic times of 54.38.

The 400-yard medley relay team of Farrell, Bernhardt, duPlessis and Gibney closed out the night with a school record, third-place time of 3:36.63. The record had been held since 1994.

TEAM SCORES

MEN

1. Auburn 627

  1. Florida 454
  2. Georgia 336
  3. Tennessee 302
  4. Alabama 242
  5. LSU 164
  6. Kentucky 163
  7. South Carolina 150

WOMEN

  1. Auburn 560

2. Florida 453

3. Georgia 451

4. Alabama 216

5. South Carolina 210

6. Tennessee 186

T7. Arkansas 169

T7. LSU 169

9. Kentucky 133

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

MENíS 400-YARD IM

Championship Final

1. Ryan Lochte, UF 3:43.31

Consolation Final

9. Mac Warren, UF 3:52.41

10. Brian Hartley, UF 3:52.48

11. Jan Wolfgarten, UF 3:53.82

13. Scott Kaufmann, UF 3:56.14

Prelims

Exh. Steve Friedlander, UF 4:00.78

WOMENíS 400-YARD IM

Championship Final

1. Maggie Bowen, UF 4:05.82

2. Sara McLarty, UF 4:11.43

3. Jamie Reid, UF 4:13.59

5. Meredith Green, UF 4:17.88

7. Danielle Duncan, UF 4:19.62

Consolation Final

14. Jamie Tannhauser, UF 4:27.82

Prelims

Exh. Katie Kennedy, UF 4:19.46

Exh. Blair Beard, UF 4:21.92

MENíS 1000-YARD BUTTERFLY

Championship Final

1. Fred Bousquet, AU 46.70

3. Gabriel Mangabeira, UF 46.92

Prelims

19. Greg King, UF 49.31

21. Nick Borreca, UF 49.73

exh. Justin Zumsteg, UF 50.30

exh. Andrew Greener, UF 51.11

WOMENíS 100-YARD BUTTERFLY

Championship Final

1. Mary DeScenza, UG 52.43

3. Renate duPlessis, UF 53.22

7. Cara Teague, UF 54.34

8. Rebecca Harper, UF 54.64

Consolation Final

10. Diane Tennison, UF 54.68

11. Mary Uhle, UF 55.01

13. Casey Seland, UF 55.13

Prelims

17. Mandy Huff, UF 56.20

MENíS 200-YARD FREESTYLE

Championship Final

1. Adam Sioui, UF 1:34.58

3. Carlos Jayme, UF 1:35.48

Consolation Final

10. Kris Wiebeck, UF 1:38.57

13. Scott Schultz, UF 1:38.76

WOMENíS 200-YARD FREESTYLE

Championship Final

1. Heather Kemp, AU 1:45.11

4. Chantal Gibney, UF 1:47.69

Consolation Final

10. Mary Uhle, UF 1:49.45

13. Anna Chapman, UF 1:49.69

Prelims

27. Jaime Ellis, UF 1:52.81

exh. Jessica Schrock, UF 1:49.96

MENíS 100-YARD BREASTSTROKE

Championship Final

1. Pat Calhoun, AU 52.85

Consolation Final

12. Philip Norris, UF 55.35

13. Ian Chadsey, UF 55.65

15. Corey Welch, UF 55.91

Prelims

Exh. Will Ratliff, UF 56.17

WOMENíS 100-YARD BREASTSTROKE

Championship Final

1. Maggie Bowen, AU 1:00.05

4. Vipa Bernhardt, UF 1:00.76

6. Danielle Duncan, UF 1:02.31

Consolation Final

10. Mandy Huff 1:03.81

Prelims

Exh. Desiree Frega, UF 1:05.04

MENíS 100-YARD BACKSTROKE

Championship Final

1. Gabriel Mangabeira, UF 46.80

4. Chris Kellam, UF 48.01

7. Claudio Ulrich, UF 48.79

Prelims

21. Greg King, UF 51.73

exh. Andrew Greener, UF 51.47

WOMENíS 100-YARD BACKSTROKE

Championship Final

1. Kirsty Coventry, AU 53.38

3. Maureen Farrell, UF 54.34

t4. Jamie Reid, UF 54.38

t4. Renate duPlessis, UF 54.38

MENíS 3-METER DIVING

Championship Final

1. Clayton Moss, UK 624.25

5. Zach Wilcox, UF 533.75

Prelims

15. Chris Comfort, UF 420.85

MENíS 400-YARD MEDLEY RELAY

  1. Auburn 3:09.17
  2. Florida 3:13.49

(Kellam, Sioui, Chadsey, Jayme)

WOMENíS 400-YARD MEDLEY RELAY

  1. Auburn 3:34.86
  1. Florida 3:36.63

(Farrell, Bernhardt, duPlessis, Gibney)

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