Saturday February 28, 2004M. Swim & Dive Runner-up at SECs, Women 3rd
The No. 5 Florida menís swimming and diving team finished runner-up at the 2004 SEC Championships with 705 points, while the No. 1 Auburn Tigers claimed first with 1,008 points. The No. 3 womenís team finished third with 680 points, with No. 1 Auburn finishing first (846) and No. 2 Georgia finishing second (756).
"Iím really pleased with the menís team," Florida head coach Gregg Troy said. "We raced really tough the whole meet. Auburn has a great group and we gave them all we had. We pretty much got everybody into the NCAA meet. Our game plan was to cut every corner and leave a lot of gas in the tank for NCAAs. I think weíre going to do well there."
Senior Sara McLarty (DeLand, Fla.) placed third in the individual high points race with 54 points. Auburnís Kirsty Coventry took first with 60 points. Junior Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) finished with 48 points, which ranks sixth. Sophomore Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfeld, Germany) tied for 10th with 42 points.
Sophomore Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) finished fourth in the individual high points standing with 53 points. Sophomore Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.) tied for ninth with 58 points.
Overall, the men took home three gold medals: 400-yard individual medley (Lochte) in the 1,650-yard freestyle (Hartley) and the 800-yard freestyle relay. The Gators grabbed five silver medals and took home four bronze medals. UF tallied 14 automatic qualifying times, 34 provisional times and three diving zones qualifying marks.
Hartley won the 1,650-yard freestyle with a career best and automatic qualifying time of 15:04.22. Hartleyís time was 18 seconds faster than his previous career best. His time also stands as the eighth-fastest time in UF history, and he has three top-six finishes this meet. Junior Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany) finished fourth with a provisional time of 15:13.89, a career-best time. Junior Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) had the sixth-fastest time of the night, as he swam a provisional time of 15:23.77. Kaufmann tallied three top-eight finishes during the meet.
"I learned from my mistakes last year at this meet," Hartley said. "I knew not to take it out too fast, and that I could just race whomever was there in the last half of the race. Our team and fan support at these meets makes it so much easier to swim fast."
Lochte nearly made up half a length in the final 25 yards of the 200-yard individual medley as he finished in second place with a time of 1:43.84, only .11 seconds behind the first place finisheróGeorge Bovell of Auburn (1:43.73). Lochteís automatic qualifying time was the second best in school history. The sophomore finished with three top-three finishes at the meet.
"I just wanted to race hard and give it my best," Lochte said. "I know that any race next to George is going to be tough. Iím ready to get back into the water and start fully training for NCAAs."
Recording his third top-six finish of the meet, senior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) finished third with an automatic qualifying time of 43.36 in the 100-yard freestyle. Senior Scott Schultz (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) won the consolation final with a season-best and provisional time of 44.77.
The relay team of senior Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), freshman Bill Mrazek (Tallahassee, Fla.) junior Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil) and senior Jayme took third in the 400-yard medley relay with a provisional time of 3:12.56.
Overall, the Florida women took home two gold medals in the 500-yard freestyle (McLarty) and the 200-yard breaststroke (Bernhardt). The Gators recorded four second place finishes and had four third place finishes. UF tallied 26 automatic qualifying times, 52 provisional qualifying times and one diving zones qualifying score.
"We swam against the two best teams in the country and came in third," Troy said. "Basically the majority of our group qualified for NCAAs, and itís really obvious that we have a lot left in the tank."
McLarty was the runner-up in the 1,650-yard freestyle after she swam the second-fastest time in the country this year (16:03.98). It was also her third top-two finish at the meet. Junior Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) finished fifth with a season-best time of 16:20.25, which is also an automatic qualifying time. Freshman Katie Ball (Cincinnati, Ohio) took ninth with a career best time of 16:30.76, which is a provisional qualifying time. Fellow frosh Ashley Carusone (Gainesville, Fla.) was close behind, finishing in 10th place with a career best time of 16:36.82. Sophomore Jamie Tannhauser (Seattle, Wash.) recorded a provisional time as she touched the wall in a season-best time of 16:41.26.
"This is exactly what I expected the race to be like," McLarty said. "I expected them to be very fast. This was a great race, and it has been a great SEC meet. Congratulations to Auburn, but go Gators!"
Senior Jaime Ellis (Spring, Texas) recorded her second top-four finish of the meet as she finished second in the 200-yard individual medley finals. Ellis swam a career-best time of 1:58.54, which ranks fifth all-time in UF history.
Freshman Brittany Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) swam the eighth-best time in UF history in the 200-yard individual medley as she finished ninth in the consolation finals. Johnsonís time of 2:00.52 also is an automatic qualifying time.
The relay team of Farrell, Bernhardt, sophomore Mary Uhle (Sankt Ingbert, Germany) and senior Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland) finished third in the 400-yard medley relay with an automatic qualifying time of 3:38.25.
Florida Finals and Consolation Finals For Swimmers; All Diving Results
200-yard individual medley
2 Ryan Lochte, 1:43.84
11. Chris Kellam, 1:48.57
15. Adam Sioui, 1:50.98
3. Carlos Jayme, 43.36
9. Scott Schultz, 44.77
1. Brian Hartley, 15:04.22
4. Jan Wolfgarten, 15:13.89
6. Scott Kaufmann, 15:23.77
9. Steve Friedlander, 15:34.64
10. Matt Coan, 15:39.09
400-yard medley relay
3. Kellam, Mrazek, Mangabeira, Jayme, 3:12.56
10. Nicole Bolt, 309.85
16. Kristin Connor, 248.80
200-yard individual medley
2. Jaime Ellis, 1:58.54
9. Brittany Johnson, 2:00.52
10. Leah Retrum, 2:00.99
12. Vipa Bernhardt, 2:02.12
14. Katie Kennedy, 2:02.76
15. Katie McCann, 2:02.98
11. Chantal Gibney, 50.21
10. Mary Uhle, 50.41
15. Janelle Atkinson, 50.65
2. Sara McLarty, 16:03.98
5. Meredith Green, 16:20.25
9. Katie Ball, 16:30.76
10. Ashley Carusone, 16:36.82
12. Jamie Tannhauser, 16:41.26
400-yard medley relay
3. Farrell, Bernhardt, Uhle, Gibney, 3:38.25