Sunday November 21, 2004Swimming and Diving Wins Georgia Tech Invitational
The No. 3 Gator men's and women's swimming and diving teams brought home their second invitational title of the season by winning the Georgia Tech Invitational at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on Sunday night. The women's team racked up 869.50 points en route to an 86.50-point win over the host Yellow Jackets, while the men amassed 1,055.50 points to out-pace second place North Carolina State by 166.50 points.
Over the three-day meet, the Florida women's team took home 23 top-three finishes in the 'A' final heats and the two diving competitions. The Gator women never trailed in the three days of competition against the five-team field.
In the women's 200 back, sophomore Kristen Harris (Holmdel, N.J.) finished first for the Gators, clocking a fourth-place time of 2:03.28 in the 'A' heat of the final. In the same race, freshman Samantha Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.) swam 2:03.45 to take home sixth place. In the 100-yard freestyle, senior Christine Woodruff (Orlando) took the runner up position in the 'A' final with 51.43 on the clock. Sophomore Laurie Moreau (Largo) was in the 'B' heat with a 53.87, 100-free effort.
Four Gators were in the top heat of the 200-yard breaststroke. Taking second, junior Mandy Huff (Gold Hill, N.C.) touched the wall in 2:19.33, just 1.88 seconds in front of teammate Katie Kennedy (Ft. Myers), who's 2:21.21 effort garnered the senior third place. Amanda Hartley (Tallahassee) took fourth with 2:21.65, while freshman Ingrid Haiden (Cape Town, S. Africa) timed 2:23.19 in the 200 breast.
Representing the Orange and Blue in the 200 fly was freshman Colleen Healy (Cape Coral), clocking the swim in 2:07.88 for 11th place in the 'B' final heat. Moreau swam the 'C' final for UF, finishing 19th in 2:14.16 in the fly.
Ending the meet strong for the women's team was the 400-free relay team of Kristin Gilliam (Gainesville), Woodruff, Vanderbilt and Huff. The quad took home runner up in the race, with a time of 3:29.76. In eighth place for the Gators in the same event, Moreau, Nicole Allfrey (Noblesville), Kennedy and Healy all notched a time of 3:35.06 to end Florida play at the 2004 Georgia Tech Invitational.
On the men's side, the Gators captured 20 top-three finishes in 21 competitive events over the invitational's three-day span.
The Gator men's relay teams continued to swim well, as the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Nick Borreca (Honolulu, Hawaii), Daniel Penniman (Pensacola), Grant Johnson (Clearwater) and Andrew Swenson (Daytona Beach) shattered a Georgia Tech Aquatic Center record by posting a time of 3:02.52 to take first-place in the event.
In the 200-yard backstroke junior Andrew Greener (Delray Beach) broke another Georgia Tech Aquatic Center record as he nabbed top honors in the event in a clocking of 1:47.75. Teammate Justin Zumsteg (Rochester, Mich.) recorded a time of 1:54.59 to place fifth in the same event.
By recording a time of 45.70 seconds, Penniman raced his way to second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle event.
Demonstrating the Gator depth in the 200-yard butterfly, the group of Borreca, Elliot Meena (Orlando), Tim Hughes (Winter Park), J.B. Walsh (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Swenson swept second through sixth-place in the event with times of 1:49.72, 1:49.85, 1:50.57, 1:51.64 and 1:52.66 respectively.
Much like the 200-yard butterfly, the trio of Robbie Fischetti (Richmond, Va.), Kyle Deery (Daytona Beach) and Will Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) claimed the second, third and fifth-places in the 200-yard breaststroke. Fischetti posted a time of 2:02.78, while Deery and Ratliff notched times of 2:04.82 and 2:07.03 in the event.
The Gators return to action on Dec. 2, to compete in the U.S. Open Meet, held in San Antonio, Texas. The U.S. Open will mark the close of the 2004 fall season for the Gators. Following the U.S. Open, the Gators are off until the women compete on Jan. 7 at the Miami Invitational, while the men are idle until their Jan 13-15 tilt at the SMU/Dallas Morning News Invitational.