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Thursday February 26, 2004Florida Swim & Dive Teams Wrap Up Day 2 At SECs

Athens, Ga.

Senior Sara McLarty (DeLand, Fla.) won her fourth career SEC individual title to lead Florida as the No. 3 ranked Gators are in third, while the fifth-ranked menís team is in second after the second day of competition at the 2004 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Auburn leads the standings on both the women and menís sides. The Tigers lead the race for the womenís title with 389 points with Georgia running second with 346 and Florida third with 293. The Tigers lead the menís standings with 469 points, while the Gators are next with 311 and Georgia is third with 208.

The second day of competition included no prelims due to inclement weather in the morning, which resulted in timed finals for each event. Overall, the Gators posted six NCAA automatic times, 11 provisional marks and two zone qualifying scores.

"We had some real good things tonight, and we had some disappointing things," Florida head coach Gregg Troy said. "We probably werenít as good as weíd like to be. I think not swimming the prelims hurt us. Our training is designed around swimming twice and since we didnít get a chance to swim this morning, we had a lot of people who would have swum better if they had.

"I was real pleased with how we finished tonight with the two great relays," Troy said. "Weíre getting people to NCAAs on both sides and thatís good to have."

McLarty led the way for the Gators in the 500-yard freestyle as Florida took five of the top 13 spots. McLarty defended her title from last year and posted a season-best and automatic time (4:41.73) to win the event as Florida now has won the 500-yard freestyle four straight seasons.

"This morning was pretty difficult to overcome," said McLarty of the cancellation of prelims. "But I came out and gave it all I had. The support of my coaches and teammates makes it easier to recover."

Junior Janelle Atkinson (Jamaica) took fourth in the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best and automatic time (4:45.28), while freshman Katie Ball (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished eighth with a career-best and provisional mark (4:48.51). Sophomore Jamie Tannhauser (Seattle, Wash.) finished 12th with a provisional time (4:50.26) and junior Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) took 13th with a provisional time (4:52.07).

Sophomore Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfeld, Germany) captured second in the 100-yard breaststroke with an automatic and season-best mark of 1:01.11.

"It was a good race," Bernhardt said. "I wasnít real happy with my time, but second place is still good."

Senior Jaime Ellis (Spring, Texas) claimed 11th place in the 100-yard butterfly with a provisional time of 54.91, while sophomore Mary Uhle (Sankt Ingbert, Germany) finished 13th with a provisional and season-best time of 55.09. Junior Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) swam a season-best time of 55.42 to finish 16th.

Floridaís 400-yard freestyle relay team took third with a season-best and automatic time of 3:18.11. The team of junior Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.), Ellis, senior Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland) and Uhle also posted the sixth-best time in school history.

Junior Nicole Bolt (Orlando, Fla.) took seventh on the three-meter with a career-best and zone qualifying score of 459.85. Senior Kristen Connor (Gainesville, Fla.) finished eighth with a score of 396.50.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team picked up the highest finish of the evening for the menís team. Seniors Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) and Scott Schultz (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), junior Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada), and sophomore Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) finished second with an automatic time of 2:54.42. The mark was also the eighth-fastest in UF history.

"It was a good race," Jayme said. "We were looking for NCAAs, and we knew itíd be tough. Everyone in our relay wasnít at their best, so our time was pretty good when you take that into consideration."

Junior Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) paced the Gators in the 500-yard freestyle as Florida took six of the top 14 spots. Kaufmann posted a season-best and provisional time (4:20.72), while sophomore Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.) swam a career-best and provisional time (4:20.99) to finish fourth. Sioui finished fifth with a season-best and provisional mark of 4:22.24, while junior Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany) took eighth with a season-best and provisional time of 4:23.23. Junior Steve Friedlander (Delray Beach, Fla.) swam a career-best time to finish 13th and junior Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) rounded out the Gators by swimming a season-best time of 4:27.76 to finish 14th.

Junior Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil) picked up his second third-place finish in as many days after finishing third in the 100-yard butterfly with an automatic and season-best time of 47.25.

Freshman Bill Mrazek (Tallahassee, Fla.) posted a career-best and provisional time of 54.74 to finish fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke. His time also stands as the sixth-best in school history. Junior Corey Welch (Larksville, Pa.) notched a season-best time (55.72) to finish ninth, while senior Ansel Tjin-A-Tam (Paramaribo, Suriname) also recorded a season-best time (57.07) to take 16th.

Junior Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) picked up a zone qualifying score of 320.80 to finish fifth on the one-meter, while freshman Justin Schmidt (Falcon, Colo.) took 15th with a score of 267.15.

Day Three of the SEC Championships begins with prelims of the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard backstroke at 10:30 a.m. Live results can be found at www.georgiadogs.com

Team Scores

Men

1. Auburn, 469

2. Florida, 311

3. Georgia, 208

4. Tennessee, 201

5. Kentucky, 145

6. South Carolina, 130

7. Alabama, 117

8. LSU, 109

Women

1. Auburn, 389

2. Georgia, 346

3. Florida, 293

4. South Carolina, 146

5. Alabama, 125

6. Arkansas, 118

6. Tennessee, 118

8. LSU, 115

9. Kentucky, 98

Florida Top 16 Finishers For Swimmers; All Diving Results

Men

One-meter

5. Zach Wilcox, 320.80

15. Justin Schmidt, 267.15

500-yard freestyle

3. Scott Kaufmann, 4:20.72

4. Brian Hartley, 4:20.99

5. Adam Sioui, 4:22.24

8. Jan Wolfgarten, 4:23.23

13. Steve Friedlander, 4:27.75

14. Kris Wiebeck, 4:27.76

100-yard butterfly

3. Gabriel Mangabeira, 47.25

100-yard breaststroke

5. Bill Mrazek, 54.74

9. Corey Welch, 55.72

16. Ansel Tjin-A-Tam, 57.07

400-yard freestyle relay

2. Jayme, Schultz, Sioui, Lochte, 2:54.42

Women

Three-meter

7. Nicole Bolt, 459.85

8. Kristen Connor, 396.40

500-yard freestyle

1. Sara McLarty, 4:41.73

4. Janelle Atkinson, 4:45.28

8. Katie Ball, 4:48.51

12. Jamie Tannhauser, 4:50.26

13. Meredith Green, 4:52.07

100-yard butterfly

11. Jaime Ellis, 54.91

13. Mary Uhle, 55.09

16. Rebecca Harper, 55.42

100-yard breaststroke

2. Vipa Bernhardt, 1:01.11

400-yard freestyle relay

3. Farrell, Ellis, Gibney, Uhle, 3:18.11

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