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Ryan Lochte finished third in the 400 IM and second as a member of UF's 800 free relay team.

Friday March 28, 2003Men's Swim & Dive In Sixth At NCAA Championships

Austin, TX

Ryan Lochte finished third in the 400 IM and second as a member of UF's 800 free relay team.

The No. 7 University of Florida menís swimming and diving team is in sixth place with 171 points following two days of competition at the 2003 NCAA Championships at the Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas. Overall, eight Gator swimmers received NCAA All-America honors as either an individual or as a member of a relay team.

UF is only 19 points behind Southern Cal (190) for fifth place entering the final day. Southeastern Conference rival Auburn is in first place of the team standings with 449 points, while Texas (282), Stanford (272) and California (238) round out the top four.

The highlight of the night came in the 800-yard freestyle relay, as the Gators finished second, the highest finish for UF in the championships, with a time of 6:20.54. The team of Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil), Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) and Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) recorded the second fastest time in school-history in the event.

The night got off to a great start, as the Gatorsí 200-yard medley relay team won the consolation finals with a time of 1:27.36. The team of Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil), Philip Norris (Longwood, Fla.), Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) and Jayme also recorded the third fastest time in the event in UF history. Kellam also finished 15th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 47.93.

Lochte followed with another impressive performance one event later, as he finished third in the 400-yard IM with a time of 3:41.45. The mark was the fastest collegiate time for Lochte in the event, while also becoming the second fastest time in school-history.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Sioui finished fourth in a time of 1:34.91 as he tried to defend his NCAA title in the event. Wiebeck also helped to add to UFís score, as he placed 16th in the consolation finals with a time of 1:37.85. Wiebeckís finish marked the first NCAA All-American honor of his career as he received honorable mention status.

Sophomore diver Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) collected his second All-America honor in as many days in the championships, as he received honorable mention status by finishing 13th in the three-meter springboard diving competition with a score of 505.75. Wilcox was named a NCAA All-American Thursday night with his fifth place finish in the one-meter springboard. Wilcoxís finishes in both events were improvements from last seasonís performances at the NCAA Championships, when as a freshman, he finished 20th in the one-meter and 24th in the three-meter.

The final day of the NCAA Championships will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. with the preliminaries. The finals of the remaining events will begin at 7 p.m. at the Jamail Aquatics Center.

Top 10 Team Standings

1. Auburn 449

2. Texas 282

3. Stanford 272

4. California 238

5. USC 190

6. FLORIDA 171

7. Minnesota 160

8. Arizona 123

9. Michigan 105

10. Georgia 88


Day Two Final Results

200-Yard Medley Relay

Championship Finals

1. Texas 1:24.46

Consolation Finals

9. FLORIDA 1:27.36

(Mangabeira, Norris, Kellam, Jayme)

400-Yard IM

Championship Finals

1. Robert Margalis, UGA 3:39.92

3. Ryan Lochte, UF 3:41.45

100-Yard Butterfly

Championship Finals

1. Ian Crocker, UT 45.67

200-Yard Freestyle

Championship Finals

1. Simon Burnett, ARI 1:33.69

4. Adam Sioui, UF 1:34.91

Consolation Finals

16. Kris Wiebeck, UF 1:37.85

100-Yard Breaststroke

Championship Finals

1. Brendan Hansen, UT 51.96

100-Yard Backstroke

Championship Finals

1. Peter Marshall, STAN 45.57

Consolation Finals

15. Chris Kellam, UF 47.93

Three-Meter Springboard Diving

1. Phillip Jones, TENN 649.70

13. Zach Wilcox, UF 505.75

800-Yard Freestyle Relay

Championship Finals

1. Texas 6:18.62

2. FLORIDA 6:20.54

(Jayme, Lochte, Wiebeck, Sioui)



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