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Friday October 29, 2004No. 4 Men's Swimming and Diving Defeats No. 6 Minnesota

Gainesville, FL

The fourth-ranked University of Florida men's swimming and diving team defeated the sixth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 153-147, at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium on Friday afternoon.

Capturing nine event titles, the Gator men improved their dual meet record to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in Southeastern Conference meets. The Gators, who hold a perfect 2-0 record all-time against Minnesota, have defeated the Golden Gophers by an average of four and a half points in the two meetings. The six point margin of victory today against the Golden Gophers is the closest meet the Gators have won since they defeated Texas A&M 152-148, in College Station, Texas, on January 15, 2004.

Leading the Gators was junior Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and freshman Darian Townsend (Montrose, South Africa), as each captured two individual event titles. Lochte, the winner in the 100-yard backstroke (48.77) and the 400-yard individual medley, also earned a second place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:09.60. Townsend captured the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 20.68 seconds, while also claiming first in the 100-yard freestyle in a clocking of 44.70 seconds. Townsend recorded a time of 49.80 seconds to place third in the 100-yard butterfly.

Senior Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.18 seconds, while also recording a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in a clocking of 1:38.53.

In the 200-yard butterfly the freshman duo of Tim Hughes (Winter Park, Fla.) and J.B. Walsh (Virginia Beach, Va.) claimed the top two spots by posting times of 1:50.45 and 1:50.50 respectively.

The Gator men captured their second straight medley relay crown as the team of Lochte, Corey Welch (Larksville, Pa.), Townsend and Nick Borreca (Honolulu, Hawaii) won the 200-yard IM in time of 1:30.18.

On the boards the Gators had a solid performance as the duo of Vitor Assuncao (Orlando, Fla.) and Justin Schmidt (Falcon, Colo.) claimed the top two spots in both the one and three-meter springboard events. Assuncao won the one-meter event, while Schmidt claimed the three-meter competition.

The Gators return to action on Nov. 5-6, as they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to compete in the Purdue Invitational.

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