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Friday January 23, 2004Swim & Dive Falls to No. 1 Auburn

Gainesville, FL

The third-ranked women's swimming and diving team and the fifth-ranked men's team each squared off against the No. 1 team in the nation with Auburn coming away with the victories Friday night at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in front of a capacity crowd.

On the men's side, Auburn, the defending national champion, defeated the Gators 142-101. Florida (7-2, 3-1 SEC) recorded one automatic qualifying time, three provisional times and one Olympic Trials qualifying time.

"We swam the best team in the country tonight and they showed why they are," UF head coach Gregg Troy said. "We got a few breaks for the men, but we didn't completely take advantage of it. This is the closest we've been to them in a dual meet in a while."

The 400-meter medley relay team of senior Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), freshman Bill Mrazek (Tallahassee, Fla.), junior Gabriel Mangaberia (Piratininga, Brazil) and senior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) swam their way to a first place finish with a season-best and an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:45.99. The win gave the UF men's team a 24-12 advantage over the Tigers after two events.

With a provisional time of 23.16, Jayme claimed first place in the 50-meter freestyle, while Auburn took the next three spots. The Gators held onto a 48-45 lead after five events.

Sophomore Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) swam an automatic qualifying time of 2:03.05 in the 200-meter individual medley to finish in second place. The Tigers took first, third and fourth place to jump ahead of the Gators, 59-53 through six events.

Jayme won his second individual event of the evening in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 51.07. The Tigers still held the lead over the Gators 81-69 through eight events.

UF took the top spot in the 400-meter freestyle, as Lochte picked up his first win of the night with an Olympic Trials and provisional qualifying time of 3:57.58. Auburn finished in second and third place improving its score of 101-87.

Sophomore Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) took top honors on the one-meter with a season high score of 350.32, an NCAA Diving Zones qualifying score. Wilcox has hit a zone qualifying score nine of 10 meets this season on the one-meter.

Despite recording one automatic time, nine provisional times and five Olympic Trials times, the women couldn't pass the defending national champions in the Tigers. Auburn came away with a 144-99 victory over Florida (9-2, 3-2 SEC).

"The women raced really well, and they stepped up and showed it," Troy said. "We were pretty pleased with a lot of our women's times. We've got some places where we think we can get better, but this gives us a great evaluation for where we're at."

Senior Sara McLarty (DeLand, Fla.) picked up the first event win for the Gators as she swam her way to a first place finish in the 800-meter freestyle. McLarty's season-best time of 8:37.88 is an Olympic Trials qualifying time. The win closed the gap between Auburn and Florida, 34-21, after three events.

McLarty recorded her first automatic qualifying time of the evening en route to a first place finish in the 400-meter freestyle. McLarty's time of 4:14.61 also qualifies her for the Olympic trials and ties her season-best time in the event. Atkinson came in fourth place with a provisional time of 4:20.72.

Sophomore Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfeld, Germany) came in first place in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:37.32.

Three Gators swam a provisional qualifying time in the 200-meter freestyle. Senior Jaime Ellis (Spring, Texas) finished in second place with a time of 2:03.37, which also qualifies her for the Olympic Trials. Redshirt junior Janelle Atkinson (Jamaica) was in third place (2:04.50) and sophomore Mary Uhle (Sank Ingbert, Germany) came in fourth (2:04.85).

Junior Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) swam a provisional time in the 50-meter freestyle (26.60) en route to a second place finish.

Junior Katie McCann (Walpole, Mass.) finished third in the 200-meter individual medley with a season-best time of 2:20.22, which is a provisional and Olympic Trials qualifying time.

Ellis swam her second provisional time of the evening, as she finished second in the 100-meter freestyle in a time of 58.16. Auburn took first, third and fourth place to improve its lead, 107-62.

The relay team of Uhle, Ellis, Atkinson and McLarty swam a provisional time in the 400-meter freestyle relay with a time of 3:52.07.

In the 200-meter backstroke, the Gators recorded two Olympic Trials qualifying times, Farrell was runner-up in the event with a time of 2:16.47, which also was a provisional time. Freshman Leah Retrum (Columbus, Ind.) came in fourth with a time of 2:17.99 to qualify for the Olympic Trials.

Florida Event Winners

Women

400-meter freestyle

Sara McLarty 4:14.61*#

800-meter freestyle

Sara McLarty 8:37.88#

200-meter breaststroke

Vipa Bernhardt 2:34.32#

Men

One-meter dive

Zach Wilcox 350.32+

400-meter medley relay

Kellam, Mrazek, Mangaberia, Jayme 3:45.99^

50-meter freestyle

Carlos Jayme 23.16^

100-meter freestyle

Carlos Jayme 51.07#

400-meter freestyle

Ryan Lochte 3:57.58^#

Key

* NCAA automatic qualifying time

^ NCAA provisional qualifying time

# Olympic Trials qualifying time

+ NCAA diving zones qualifying score

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