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Sunday January 18, 2004Men's Swimming Wins Dallas Classic

Dallas, Texas

Behind two first-place finishes from sophomore Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) the No. 5 ranked Florida men’s swimming and diving team won the Dallas Morning News Classic Saturday evening at Perkins Natatorium.

The Gators won the meet with 359 points, while No. 14 Texas A&M finished second with 329, followed by SMU (314) and South Carolina (266).

Lochte was named the Outstanding Swimmer of the meet and won the 500-yard freestyle (4:21.69) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:47.76) with season best and NCAA provisional qualifying times. He also won the 400-yard individual medley Friday evening.

Senior Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) won the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA provisional time of 1:46.49, while senior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) claimed top honors in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 44.15.

Junior Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) took first in the 200-yard butterfly with a season best time of 1:49.20, while Florida’s 200-yard freestyle relay team also registered a season best time. Jayme, junior Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil), Lochte and Sioui won the event with a time of 1:21.80.

The Gators return to the pool to face No. 1 ranked Auburn at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Team Scores

Florida 359

Texas A&M 329

SMU 314

South Carolina 266

Florida Winners

500-Yard Freestyle

Ryan Lochte, 4:21.69

200-Yard Backstroke

Chris Kellam, 1:46.99

100-Yard Freestyle

Carlos Jayme, 44.15

200-Yard Butterfly

Adam Sioui, 1:49.20

200-Yard Individual Medley

Ryan Lochte, 1:47.76

200-Yard Freestyle Relay

Jayme, Mangabeira, Lochte, Sioui, 1:21.80

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