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Saturday November 20, 2004Swimming and Diving Continues to Lead at Georgia Tech Invite

Atlanta, Ga.

The No. 3 University of Florida men's and women's swimming and diving teams continue to lead the Georgia Tech Invitational Saturday night at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, with the women racking up 646.50 points, while the men lead second-place North Carolina State by 121.50 points, at 728,50 points.

The women opened the evening session in grand style as the team of Samantha Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.), Amanda Hartley (Tallahasse), Colleen Healy (Cape Coral) and Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) outpaced the 200-yard medley relay team from No. 23 Tennessee, and claimed the event title in a time of 1:44.35.

The team of Jamie Tannhauser (Seattle, Wash.), Farrell, Christine Woodruff (Orlando) and Laurie Moreau (Largo) captured the 800-yard freestyle relay in a time of 7:29.91, breaking the pool record at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Farrell, swimming in three events, recorded another first place finish, as she claimed the 200-yard freestyle in a NCAA provisional and Tech Aquatic Center record time of 1:48.09.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, the Gators showcased their speed as the duo of Hartley and Amanda Huff (Gold Hill, N.C.) claimed the top two spots in times of 1:05.64 and 1:06.66 respectively.

Vanderbilt, having a solid meet, added another title to her resume as she won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 56.42 seconds.

The women's diving team continues to perform well, as the tandem of Jessica Ranieri (Huntington Valley, Pa.) and Nicole Bolt (Orlando) claimed second and third place with 282.75 and 280.15 respectively.

Senior Katie Kennedy (Ft. Myers) added a third-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley in a clocking of 4:26.75, while Healy recorded another Florida third-place finish in a time of 56.59 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly.

In men's action, the Gators captured four event titles and three runner-up finishes to extend their lead over the four-team field.

Like the women, the men's relays had a solid night as the team of Chris Bernard (Weston), Penniman (Pensacola), Borreca (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Grant Johnson (Clearwater) nabbed the top spot in the 800-yard freestyle relay in a time of 6:43.99, while the quartet of Andrew Swenson (Daytona Beach), Tim Hughes (Winter Park), Steve Friedlander (Coral Springs) and Elliot Meena (Orlando) took third in a clocking of 6:48.91.

In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of Andrew Greener (Delray Beach), Will Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.), Borreca and Penniman finished a close second in a time of 1:33.49.

The duo of Robbie Fischetti (Richmond, Va.) and Scott Mullervy (Hightstown, N.J.) swam to the top two spots in the 400-yard individual medley in times of 3:58.65 and 3:59.58 respectively.

In the 200-yard freestyle, the quartet of Johnson, Penniman, Bernard and Meena claimed four of the eight spots in the finals. Johnson claimed the event's crown in a time of 1:39.36, while the trio of Penniman, Bernard and Meena took fourth through sixth-places in times of 1:40.85, 1:41.41 and 1:42.83.

The Gator success continued in the 100-yard breaststroke, as Ratliff, Fischetti and Kyle Deery (Daytona Beach) took second, third and fourth-places in times of 56.99, 57.82 and 58.12 seconds respectively.

In the 100-yard backstroke, the Gators claimed their fourth event title as Greener claimed the event in a time of 50.06 seconds, while teammate Johnson took fourth in a clocking of 52.33 seconds.

In diving action, the men faced a very deep field of divers in the three-meter springboard event. Sophomore Justin Schmidt (Falcon, Colo.) and Vitor Assuncao (Orlando) placed eighth and ninth with 502.85 and 471.85 points.

The Georgia Tech Invitational concludes tomorrow with preliminary competition beginning at 10 a.m., with the finals closing the event beginning at 3 p.m. Live results are available at Complete results and recap will be at following the conclusion of the meet.





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