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Saturday March 27, 2004Men's Swimming Takes Sixth At NCAA Championships

East Meadow, N.Y.

Senior Carlos Jayme (Goias, Brazil) broke the school record for career All-America honors in leading No. 5 Florida to a sixth-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Menís Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at the Nassau County Aquatic Center.

Florida placed inside the top 10 for the 30th time in school history and the fifth straight year. Eleven different Florida swimmers earned a total of 36 All-America honors, which tied for the fifth most honors in school history. The Gators also broke school records in 14 of the 18 swimming events during the course of the meet.

"This was a really good season for us," Florida coach Gregg Troy said. "Today was good and we did a great job of clawing back after putting ourselves in a hole on the first day. I was really proud of the way the guys swam. Adam Sioui stood up really well today, Carlos Jayme was good all meet long and Chris Kellam had a good meet as well. Jan Wolfgarten really stepped it up tonight too.

"We put ourselves in a really good position with Olympic Trials," Troy said. "This group of seniors has been a great group of guys and theyíll be very hard to replace."

Auburn won the meet with 634 points. Floridaís point total of 266 marked the ninth time and the third time in the last four years that the Gators scored at least 250.

Jayme broke the school record for career All-America honors by finishing seventh in the 100-meter freestyle and fourth as part of the 400-meter freestyle relay team on the final day. He ended his career with 26 honors, beating the previous best of 24 by Stephen Clarke (1992-97).

Junior Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany) added 12 points to Floridaís score to start the evening by finishing seventh in the 1,500-meter freestyle with a school-record time of 15:06.79, giving the Gators a sum of 199 points.

Senior Chris Kellam (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) swam a school-record time of 1:54.66 to finish fifth in the 200-meter backstroke and earn Florida 14 points. His finish marked the third consecutive year Kellam placed fifth in the 200 back and he became just the third Gator to swim in the championship of consolation finals in the event all four years.

Jayme then added 13 points for the Gators with his sixth-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle. His time of 46.55 broke his own school record and was faster than the previous NCAA record of 47.63. Jayme also became the first Gator in school history to swim in the championship finals of the 100-meter freestyle all four years.

Junior Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) swam in the finals of the 200-meter butterfly for the third consecutive season and finished eighth with a time of 1:56.50 after swimming a school-record time (1:56.02) in the prelims.

Sophomore Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), who led all Florida swimmers during the meet with 45 points in individual events, posted the second-fastest time in school history to win the consolation finals with a time of 1:56.35. His finish coupled with Siouiís gave Florida 20 points in the event in moving the Gators past California into sixth place with 236 points with two events remaining.

The 400-meter freestyle relay team of Jayme, junior Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil), Lochte and Sioui finished fourth with a school record time of 3:13.53. With the groupís finish, all five Florida relay teams placed in the top-10.

Top 10 Standings

1. Auburn 634

2. Stanford 377.5

3. Texas 374

4. Arizona 322

5. Michigan 271

6. Florida 266

7. California 255.5

8. Tennessee 140

9. Minnesota 130

10. Georgia 112.5

Complete Florida Results

Saturday finals

1,500-meter freestyle

7. Jan Wolfgarten, 15:06.79

20. Scott Kaufmann, 15:19.41

21. Brian Hartley, 15:19.83

200-meter backstroke

5. Chris Kellam, 1:54.66

100-meter freestyle

6. Carlos Jayme, 47.55

200-meter butterfly

8. Adam Sioui, 1:56.50

9. Ryan Lochte, 1:56.35

400-meter freestyle relay

4. Jayme, Mangabeira, Lochte, Sioui, 3:13.53

Saturday preliminaries

200-meter backstroke

5. Chris Kellam, 1:54.77

20. Kris Wiebeck, 1:57.94

100-meter freestyle

3. Carlos Jayme, 47.56

41. Scott Schultz, 49.91

200-meter breaststroke

26. Bill Mrazek, 2:14.26

200-meter butterfly

6. Adam Sioui, 1:56.02

14. Ryan Lochte, 1:57.39

17. Gabriel Mangabeira, 1:57.66

400-meter freestyle relay

2. Schultz, Jayme, Lochte, Sioui, 3:14.29

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