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Friday February 27, 2004UF Swimmers Win Eight Medals On Day 3 At SECs

Athens, Ga.

After a strong day of competition the No. 5 Florida menís swimming and diving team remained in second place with 559 points Friday after the third day of competition at the 2004 SEC Championships in the Gabrielsen Natatorium. The No. 3 womenís team is in third place with 530 points.

"We had a tremendous amount of senior leadership today, and Iím really proud of our team," Florida head coach Gregg Troy said. "We came back from a mediocre day yesterday and posted some great times. I feel good about going into the final day and that we can catch up to Georgia on the womenís side and stay ahead of Georgia on the menís side."

Auburn holds the top spots on the men and womenís side with 790 and 634 points, respectively. Georgia holds the second spot in the womenís competition with 556 points.

The men tallied five medals with three automatic qualifying times, nine provisional marks and two NCAA Diving Zones qualifying scores.

The men started the night of strong with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of junior Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil), senior Ansel Tjin-A-Tam (Paramaribo, Surname), junior Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) and senior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) swam the fourth-fastest time in school history, touching the wall in 1:27.14.

"We were pleased with the race," Tjin-A-Tam said. "We had one of the best times in school history, and we had some guys make ĎAí cuts, so overall it went pretty well."

Swimming the seventh-fastest time in the nation, Sioui finished second in the 200-yard freestyle with an automatic time of 1:35.22. Sioui is a two-time SEC Champion in the event. Junior Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) finished fifth with a season-best and provisional time of 1:36.88. Jayme came in sixth place, his second top-six finish of the meet, with a season-best and provisional time (1:36.98). Senior Scott Schultz (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) took eighth place with a provisional time of 1:38.30.

Senior Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) finished runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke, his second top-four finish of the meet. Kellam swam an automatic qualifying mark of 1:42.11, which is his season-best time. Wiebeck finished sixth with a provisional time of 1:45.35, a season best time, and senior Claudio Ulrich (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) took eighth with a time of 1:49.13.

"I came in really prepared, but it just wasnít good enough tonight," Kellam said. Bryce Hunt of Auburn (event winner) has been doing this for four years and he is always a good race. Heís a really great swimmer."

Sophomore Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) took third in the 200-yard butterfly, his second top-three finish of the meet, with an automatic time of 1:43.84. His time also is fourth best in school history. Mangabeira finished fifth with a provisional time of 1:45.88, his third top-five finish of the meet.

Freshman Bill Mrazek (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished in sixth place in the 200-yard breaststroke, tying his career best set this morning (1:59.17). Mrazekís time is the seventh best time in UF history and is a provisional qualifying mark.

Junior Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) finished fourth on the platform with a season-best score of 485.35, which also is an NCAA Zones qualifying mark.

The men concluded the night with a second place showing in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Jayme, Mangabeira, Lochte and Sioui swam the fifth best time in school history (1:18.86), which also is a provisional qualifying mark.

"We were in the first heat and it was hard because we didnít have a lot of competition," Lochte said. "Overall, weíre in perfect shape and that was a great time."

The women tallied three medals along with five automatic qualifying times and 11 provisional marks.

Sophomore Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfeld, Germany) was the only event winner for Florida tonight as she won the 200-yard breaststroke, her first SEC crown. Bernhardt swam a season-best time of 2:10.04, which also is an automatic qualifying mark. It also was her second top-two finish of the meet. Junior Katie Kennedy (Ft. Myers, Fla.) finished seventh with a provisional time of 2:17.69, after swimming the 10th best time in school history in the prelims (2:15.71).

"It felt very good to win here," Bernhardt said. "The crowd was really into it. Itís a great atmosphereóitís fabulous. I swam exactly how I had hoped. It was a really good race for me."

The Gators finished 2-3 in the in 200-yard backstroke with junior Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) taking second with an automatic qualifying time of 1:55.11, her third top-five finish this meet. Freshman Leah Retrum (Columbus, Ind.) came in third with career-best time of 1:55.54, which ranks fourth fastest in school history.

"Leah and I wanted to do something together," Farrell said. "We wanted to go one and two. But we both swam good races, and two and three is good also. I went a little faster this morning, and Iím swimming some relays later on, so I need to get some rest."

Senior Jaime Ellis (Spring, Texas) swam an automatic qualifying time of 1:47.08 to take fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. Redshirt junior Janelle Atkinson (Jamaica) recorded her second top-five finish of the meet, as she finished fifth with a provisional time of 1:47.41. Sophomore Mary Uhle (Sankt Ingbert, Germany) finished seventh with a provisional time of 1:47.81.

In the 200-yard butterfly, the Gators took fifth through eighth place, with junior Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) recording the fastest Gator time of the night (1:59.16). Senior Casey Seland (Longwood, Fla.) reset her career-best time which she recorded this morning, as she took fifth place with a provisional time of 1:59.56. Freshman Brittany Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) finished in seventh with a provisional time of 1:59.89, her second top-eight finish at SECs. Freshman Ashley Carusone (Gainesville, Fla.) also recorded her second top-eight finish at SECs as she touched the wall in a provisional time of 1:59.95 for an eighth-place finish.

The womenís 200-yard medley relay team of Farrell, Ellis, Bernhardt and senior Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland) finished fourth with a provisional time of 1:41.32, the 10th fastest time in school history.

The Gators notched another fourth-place finish in the final relay event of the night. The team of Farrell, Uhle, Gibney and Ellis swam the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 1:31.35.

Team Standings

Women

  1. Auburn 634
  2. Georgia 556
  3. Florida 530
  4. South Carolina 234
  5. Tennessee 219
  6. Arkansas 180
  7. Kentucky 176
  8. Alabama 175
  9. Louisiana State 172

Men

  1. Auburn 790
  2. Florida 559
  3. Georgia 385
  4. Tennessee 321
  5. Kentucky 265
  6. Alabama 265
  7. Louisiana State 204
  8. South Carolina 193

Florida Championship and Consolation Times

Men

200-yard medley relay

2. Mangabeira, Tjin-A-Tam, Sioui, Jayme, 1:27.14

200-yard butterfly

3. Ryan Lochte, 1:43.84

5. Gabriel Mangabeira, 1:45.88

14. Steve Friedlander, 1:50.03

200-yard freestyle

2. Adam Sioui, 1:35.22

5. Kris Wiebeck, 1:36.88

6. Carlos Jayme, 1:36.98

8. Scott Schultz, 1:38.40

200-yard breaststroke

6. Bill Mrazek, 1:59.17

9. Ansel Tjin-A-Tam, 2:01.46

11 Corey Welch, 2:01.68

13. Robbie Fischetti, 2:02.03

200-yard backstroke

2. Chris Kellam, 1:42.11

6. Kris Wiebeck, 1:45.35

8. Claudio Ulrich, 1:49.13

Platform

4. Zach Wilcox, 485.35

200-yard freestyle relay

2. Jayme, Mangabeira, Lochte, Sioui, 1:18.86

Women

200-yard medley relay

4. Farrell, Ellis, Bernhardt, Gibney, 1:41.32

200-yard butterfly

5. Rebecca Harper, 1:59.16

6. Casey Seland, 1:59.56

7. Brittany Johnson, 1:59.89

8. Ashley Carusone, 1:59.95

200-yard freestyle

4. Jaime Ellis, 1:47.08

5. Janelle Atkinson, 1:47.41

7. Mary Uhle, 1:47.81

9. Chantal Gibney, 1:48.59

15. Katie Ball, 1:50.07

200-yard breaststroke

1. Vipa Bernhardt, 2:10.04

7. Katie Kennedy, 2:17.69

200-yard backstroke

2. Maureen Farrell, 1:55.11

3. Leah Retrum, 1:5554

10. Katie McCann, 2:01.68

11. Jamie Tannhauser, 2:01.96

200-yard freestyle relay

4. Farrell, Uhle, Gibney, Ellis, 1:31.35

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