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Wednesday February 25, 2004Swim & Dive Teams In 2nd After First Day At SECs

Athens, Ga.

Sophomore Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) set a Southeastern Conference record and won his third career individual title in helping the No. 5 Florida men’s team to stand in second, while junior Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) led the women’s team to a second place standing with a pair of top-five finishes in the first day of competition at the SEC Championships Wednesday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Top-ranked Auburn leads the men’s standings with 233 points, while Florida is second with 158. The No. 1 Tigers also lead the women’s standings with 229 points, while Florida is second with 155.

"For the men it was a great night," Florida coach Gregg Troy said. "Ryan Lochte was fantastic, as was the 800-yard freestyle relay. For the women, we’re in a three-team hunt with the three best teams in the country. The 400 IM was outstanding. It was the best first day we’ve ever had across the board."

In all, Florida’s swimmers collected 18 NCAA automatic times and 15 provisional times, while divers added one zone qualifying score.

Lochte set an SEC record in winning his second straight title in the 400-yard individual medley by touching the wall with an automatic and career-best time of 3:41.32. His mark also stands as the fastest time in the nation this year.

"I wasn’t even thinking about the record," Lochte said. "I just wanted to be out there and to get our team psyched up. But beating the SEC record does mean a lot to me."

The men’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of Lochte, junior Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.), junior Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil) and junior Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) also won an SEC title, defending their title from last season with an automatic time of 6:21.29 that stands as the fastest in the nation this year.

"Our goal was to come in and defend our title," Sioui said. "Lochte started us off really well and we all made it happen."

Farrell posted a pair of top-five finishes on the evening, taking second in the 100-yard backstroke (53.92) and fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.89).

"Of course I wanted to go a little faster, but the goal will be for NCAAs," Farrell said of the 100-yard backstroke. "Hopefully that one will be better. But I was really happy with the race. We had a disappointing SECs last year, so we were ready to come back and show them who we are."

The women dominated the 400-yard individual medley as Florida took seven of the top 16 spots. Senior Sara McLarty (DeLand, Fla.) finished second with an automatic time of 4:10.66.

"It was a great race," McLarty said. "Everyone got out there and swam fast. I am unbelievably proud of my four other Gator teammates that were with me out there. I know they all deserved that."

Freshman Leah Retrum (Columbus, Ind.) swam the sixth-best time in school history and an automatic mark to take third (4:12.23) in the 400-yard individual medley. Junior Katie McCann (Walpole, Mass.) finished fifth with an automatic time of (4:14.11), which is also the 10th-best mark in UF history. Freshman Ashley Carusone (Gainesville, Fla.) took sixth with an automatic time (4:14.96), while freshman Brittany Johnson (Winston Salem, N.C.) finished eighth with an automatic time (4:15.22). Junior Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) swam a provisional time (4:19.88) to finish 14th, while junior Katie Kennedy (Ft. Myers, Fla.) swam a provisional time of 4:20.89 to finish 15th.

Farrell’s automatic time of 53.90 in the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke gave her sole possession of the third-best time in school history. Farrell followed up her career-best time in the prelims of the 50-yard freestyle by taking fifth in the finals with a provisional time of 22.89. Her prelim time of 22.79 moved her into fifth on Florida’s all-time top 10 list and was an automatic mark. Senior Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland) took 16th with a provisional time of 23.45 after a season-best time of 23.22 in the prelims.

The women ended the evening by taking third in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of senior Jaime Ellis (Spring, Texas), McLarty, junior Janelle Atkinson (Jamaica) and sophomore Mary Uhle (Sankt Ingbert, Germany) swam an automatic time of 7:07.82, which ties for the third-best mark in UF history.

Following Lochte in the 400-yard individual medley were sophomore Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.), who took sixth with a provisional time (3:50.90) and junior Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany) who finished seventh with another provisional time (3:51.57). Hartley’s prelim time of 3:50.11 stands as the ninth-best mark in school history. Junior Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) finished 13th with a season-best time of 3:55.28.

Mangabeira finished third in the 100-yard backstroke with an automatic time of 47.16, while senior Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) touched the wall fourth with a provisional time of 47.59. Senior Claudio Ulrich (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) swam a season-best time of 48.89 to finish ninth.

Senior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) notched his fourth top five finish at the SEC Championships by taking fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a provisional time of 19.90. His prelim mark of 19.70 was a season-best and automatic time.

Junior Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) finished fourth on the three-meter with a career-best score of 562.55 – less than four points shy of the school record.

Day Two of the SEC Championships begins with prelims of the 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard breaststroke at 10:30 a.m. Live results can be found at www.georgiadogs.com

Team Scores

Men

  1. Auburn 233
  2. Florida 158
  3. Georgia 128
  4. Tennessee 86
  5. Kentucky 78
  6. South Carolina 69
  7. LSU 52

7. Alabama 52

Women

  1. Auburn 229

2. Florida 155

3. Georgia 140

4. South Carolina 77

5. Alabama 71

6. LSU 57

6. Arkansas 57

8. Tennessee 56

9. Kentucky 32

Florida Finals and Consolation Finals For Swimmers; All Diving Results

Men

50-yard freestyle

4. Carlos Jayme, 19.90

400-yard individual medley

1. Ryan Lochte, 3:41.32

6. Brian Hartley, 3:50.90

7. Jan Wolfgarten, 3:51.57

13. Scott Kaufmann, 3:55.28

100-yard backstroke

3. Gabriel Mangabeira, 47.16

4. Chris Kellam, 47.59

9. Claudio Ulrich, 48.89

Three-meter

4. Zach Wilcox, 562.55

17. Justin Schmidt, 435.75

800-yard freestyle relay

1. Lochte, Wiebeck, Mangabeira, Sioui, 6:21.29

Women

One-meter

9. Nicole Bolt, 253.60

11. Kristin Connor, 247.45

50-yard freestyle

5. Maureen Farrell, 22.89

16. Chantal Gibney, 23.45

400-yard individual medley

2. Sara McLarty, 4:10.66

3. Leah Retrum, 4:12.23

5. Katie McCann, 4:14.11

6. Ashley Carusone, 4:14.96

8. Brittany Johnson, 4:15.22

14. Meredith Green, 4:19.88

15. Katie Kennedy, 4:20.89

100-yard backstroke

2. Maureen, Farrell, 53.92

800-yard freestyle relay

3. Ellis, McLarty, Atkinson, Uhle, 7:07.82

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