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Saturday January 3, 2004Swim & Dive Teams Sweep Kentucky

Gainesville, FL

The No. 3 ranked Florida womenís swimming and diving team and the fifth-ranked menís squad both defeated Kentucky in dual meets Saturday morning at the Stephen C. OíConnell Center.

The women (7-1 overall, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) defeated the Wildcats 135-88, while the men (5-1 overall, 3-0 SEC) improved to 4-1 on the season against ranked opponents by beating No. 22 Kentucky 133-96.

Senior Nicole Bolt (Orlando, Fla.), junior Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.), freshman Katie Ball (Cincinnati, Ohio), senior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) and junior Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) each swam top times or scored the most points in two events.

Florida started the meet off strong with the women taking the top three spots on the one-meter competition, as all three Gators qualified for NCAA Diving Zones. Bolt took top honors with a score of 284.47, the sixth time this season she has won the event. Sophomore Jessica Ranieri (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) scored a season high of 271.49 to finish in second place. Senior Kristen Connor (Gainesville, Fla.) rounded out the top three with a score of 271.12.

Florida's 'B' team of Farrell, sophomore Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfeld, Germany), junior Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) and senior Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland) touched the wall first (3:48.67) in the 400-yard medley relay.

The women's team dominated the 1,650-yard freestyle, with the Gators taking the top four spots. Two Gators recorded NCAA provisional qualifying times as Ball won the event in a time of 16:31.52, a career high, and sophomore Jamie Tannhauser (Seattle, Wash.) finished second with a season-best time of 16:47.79. Freshman Leah Retrum (Columbus, Ind.) finished third (16:57.82) and freshman Kristen Harris (Holmdel, N.J.) came in fourth (17:23.65).

The Gators were strong in the 200-yard freestyle as Florida took the top six spots. Senior Sara McLarty (DeLand, Fla.) finished first with an NCAA provisional time of 1:49.85. Freshman Ashley Carusone (Gainesville, Fla.) came in second place (1:51.74) and Gibney finished in third place with a time of 1:52.52). Freshmen Kristin Gilliam (Gainesville, Fla.) (1:53.99) and Laurie Moreau (Largo, Fla.) (1:55.52), and Harper (1:56.06) rounded out the top six.

Florida shined in the 200-yard individual medley with the Gators taking the top four places. Senior Jaime Ellis (Spring, Texas) won the event with a season-best time of 2:05.13. Freshman Brittany Johnson (Winston Salem, N.C.) finished second (2:06.68) and junior Katie Kennedy (Ft. Myers, Fla.) finished third (2:07.24).

The women's team swept its sixth event of the morning in the 200-yard butterfly. Harper finished in first place in a time of 2:01.99. Senior Casey Seland (Longwood, Fla.) finished second (2:04.07) and junior Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) swam to a third-place finish in 2:04.79.

Redshirt junior Janelle Atkinson (Jamaica) led the way in the women's 100-yard freestyle, finishing in first place in 51.30. Gibney came in close behind in 51.80 to finish runner-up and Retrum finished third in 53.82.

Other event winners for the women included Farrell in the 50-yard freestyle (23.94) and Bolt on the three-meter (304.79).

The menís team swam the top time or posted the top score in 11 of the 13 events.

Wilcox helped Florida to a lead after the first event when he won on the one-meter for the fifth time this season with a score of 268.65. He also took top honors on the three-meter with a zone qualifying score of 316.80, while freshman Justin Schmidt (Falcon, Colo.) was right behind in second with 269.85 points.

Jayme notched a pair of NCAA provisional qualifying times as he won both the 100-yard freestyle (44.26) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.96) with season-best times.

The Gators performed well in the 1,650-yard freestyle by taking the top three spots. Junior Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) swam a season-best time of 15:33.63 to win the event, while sophomore Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.) came in second with a season-best mark (15:40.95) and freshman Matt Coan (Plantation, Fla.) was third (15:55.28).

Hartley also took top honors in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:53.93, while senior Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) won the 200-yard back (1:48.06) with senior Jonathan Strauss (Miami, Fla.) coming in second with a mark of 1:53.42.

Florida swam the top three times in the 200-yard breast with senior Ansel Tjin-A-Tam (Paramaribo, Suriname) touching the wall first with a time of 2:06.51, sophomore Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) coming in second (2:07.10) and junior Will Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) third (2:09.52).

The Gators swam the two best times in the 500-yard freestyle with junior Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany) taking top honors with a season-best mark of 4:33.21 and junior Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) coming in second with a season-best time of 4:34.66.

The Gators also swam the top times in each of the relay events. Florida won the 400-yard medley relay as Kellam, Tjin-A-Tam, junior Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil) and Jayme swam a time of 3:22.51. The Gators also had the best time in the 400-yard freestyle relay as senior Scott Schultz (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Lochte, Mangabeira and Sioui touched the wall with a time of 3:03.82.

The menís team returns to action on Jan. 15 when the Gators travel to Texas A&M for a double-dual meet with the Aggies and Texas. The meet is set for a 4 p.m. start, while the womenís team hits the road for a dual meet against Arizona State on Jan. 9-10. Action will begin at 3 p.m. both days.

Womenís Team Scores

Florida 135

Kentucky 88

Menís Team Scores

Florida 133

Kentucky 96

Florida Winners

WOMEN

One-Meter Diving

Nicole Bolt, 284.47

400-Yard Medley Relay

Florida B, 3:48.67 (Farrell, Bernhardt, Harper, Gibney)

1,650-Yard Freestyle

Katie Ball, 16:31.52

200-Yard Freestyle

Sara McLarty, 1:49.85

50-Yard Freestyle

Maureen Farrell, 23.94

200-Yard Individual Medley

Jaime Ellis, 2:05.13

Three-Meter

Nicole Bolt, 304.79

200-Yard Butterfly

Rebecca Harper, 2:01.99

100-Yard Freestyle

Janelle Atkinson, 51.30

MEN

One-Meter

Zach Wilcox, 268.65

400-Yard Medley Relay

Florida C, 3:22.51 (Kellam, Tjin-A-Tam, Mangabeira, Jayme)

1,650-Yard Freestyle

Scott Kaufmann, 15:33.63

200-Yard Freestyle

Carlos Jayme, 1:38.96

200-Yard Individual Medley

Brian Hartley, 1:53.93

Three-Meter

Zach Wilcox, 316.80

100-Yard Freestyle

Carlos Jayme, 44.26

200-Yard Backstroke

Chris Kellam, 1:48.06

500-Yard Freestyle

Jan Wolfgarten, 4:33.21

 

 

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