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Thursday April 3, 2003Florida Swimmers Complete Day 2 of U.S. Nationals

Gainesville, FL

Junior Sara McLarty (Deland, Fla.) finished runner-up in the finals of the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:46.71 to highlight the 2003 ConocoPhillips Spring National Championships for the University of Florida swimming teams as selected swimmers continue to compete in Indianapolis, Ind.

After finishing Thursday mornings’ prelims as the top qualifier in the 400-meter IM (4:50.18), McLarty finished second to Kaitlin Sandeno of the University of Southern California who touched the wall in 4:45.48. In Wednesday's competition, McLarty finished sixth place in the finals of the 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.49.

 

The women’s 400-meter freestyle relay team consisting of senior Renate duPlessis (Capetown, South Africa), junior Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland), McLarty and freshman Mandy Huff (Gold Hill, N.C.) finished eighth with a time of 3:52.64.

 

The men’s 400-meter freestyle relay team of sophomore Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada), sophomore Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.), freshman Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Justin Zumsteg (Rochester, Minn.) finished in 10th place with a time of 3:32.83.

 

On the men's side, four Gator swimmers finished in the top 20 in their respective events Wednesday night. Senior Ian Chadsey (Reston, Va.) finished 10th in the 200-meter breaststroke in a time of 2:19.73. Hartley finished 14th in the 200-meter backstroke in a time of 2:05.14. Wiebeck finished 20th in a time of 2:06.53. Sioui finished 14th in the 200-meter butterfly in a time of 2:04:97. Sioui also finished 20th in the prelims of the 200-meter freestyle in a time of 1:53.01.

On the women’s side, duPlessis also swam a time of 2:19.02 in the 200-meter butterfly to finish in 35th place. Junior Casey Seland (Longwood, Fla.) also swam in the prelims of the 200-meter butterfly, touching the wall in 2:19.27, and the 400-meter IM in a time of 5:08.30. Gibney swam in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle prelims, finishing with times of 58:51 and 2:05.14, respectively. Huff also swam the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:46.90.

Florida swimmers will continue to compete at the Spring National Championships Friday and Saturday with prelims to begin at 9 a.m. each morning and the finals to begin at 6 p.m.

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