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Thursday March 25, 2004Men's Swimming 5th After First Day At NCAA Championships

East Meadow, N.Y.

Sophomore Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) finished third in the 200- meter individual medley in leading No. 5 Florida to fifth after the first day of competition at the 2004 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Nassau County Aquatics Center.

Auburn leads the meet with 211 points, while Stanford is second (113) and Texas and Arizona are tied for third (110). Florida is fifth with 77 points.

“We’re really pleased with everything except the 400 free,” Florida coach Gregg Troy said. “We shot ourselves in the foot a little bit in that event and left a few points on the board. But other than that it was a great day. We weren’t sure we could put both of our relays in finals so we were proud of that. Nobody swam in their best events today, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow and Saturday.”

Florida set school records in four of the five swimming events on the first day, while Gator swimmers earned a collective 11 All-America honors. In addition to Lochte’s impressive performance, senior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) earned three All-America honors on the evening to give him 22 for his career – just two shy of the school record of 24.

The Gators started off the evening with a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle to earn 24 points. Florida’s team of Jayme, junior Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil), Lochte and junior Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) touched the wall in 1:27.24, which stands as the second- best mark in school history following the group’s Thursday prelim time of 1:27.43. Jayme’s lead-off time of 21.94 in the finals was the fastest 50- meter freestyle time in school history.

Sophomore Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned the first All- America honor of his career after finishing 15th in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:49.93 in the second event of the night. Hartley’s time was the fourth fastest in school history and bumped Florida’s point total to 26. Earlier in the day, Hartley swam the second- best time in school history in the prelims (3:47.84).

Lochte touched the wall in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:55.62 to finish third in matching his highest career individual event finish at NCAAs. Lochte’s time was the fastest in Florida history and was less than one second slower than the previous world record, which was broken by Auburn’s George Bovell. Lochte’s 16 points in the event increased Florida’s total to 42 after three events.

In the 50-meter freestyle, Jayme became the first four-time All- American in that event in school history after placing 10th with a time of 22.08, which gave the Gators seven more points and a total of 49 after five events.

The 400-meter medley relay team of senior Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), freshman Bill Mrazek (Tallahassee, Fla.), Mangabeira and Jayme finished fifth with a school-record time in a race that featured the three fastest times ever recorded in the event. Kellam set a school record by swimming the 100-meter backstroke in 53.15.

The second day of the three-day competition begins on Friday at noon with preliminaries. Finals begin at 7 p.m. Live results can be found at www.nliac.com

Top 10 Standings

1. Auburn 211

2. Stanford 113

3. Arizona 110

3. Texas 110

5. Florida 77

6. Michigan 74

7. California 67

8. Tennessee 57

9. Northwestern 49

10. Texas A&M 41

Complete Florida Results

Thursday finals

200-meter freestyle relay

7. Jayme, Mangabeira, Lochte, Sioui, 1:27.74

400-meter freestyle

15. Brian Hartley, 3:49.93

200-meter individual medley

3. Ryan Lochte, 1:55.62

50-meter freestyle

10. Carlos Jayme, 22.08

400-meter medley relay

5. Kellam, Mrazek, Mangabeira, Jayme, 3:31.53

Thursday preliminaries

200-meter freestyle relay

6. Jayme, Mangabeira, Lochte, Sioui, 1:27.43

400-meter freestyle

16. Brian Harley, 3:47.84

20. Adam Sioui, 3:49.13

22. Scott Kaufmann, 3:49.79

38. Kris Wiebeck, 3:52.20

40. Jan Wolfgarten, 3:52.51

200-meter individual medley

2. Ryan Lochte, 1:56.49

19. Chris Kellam, 1:59.81

50-meter freestyle

16. Carlos Jayme, 22.10

400-meter medley relay

7. Kellam, Mrazek, Mangabeira, Jayme, 3:33.68

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