Thursday December 2, 2004Men's Swimming Completes Day One at U.S. Open
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
The University of Florida men's swimming team completed its first day of competition on Thursday night at the 2004 U.S. Open Swimming Championships hosted by Palo Alto College. After the first day of competition the Gator Swimming team leads the 79-team field, totaling 257 points with two days of competition remaining.
The 800-meter freestyle relay team of Grant Wieczorek (Carmel, Ind.), Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada), Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) and Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) took first place in a time of 7:43.20, while the team of Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany), Matt Coan (Plantation, Fla.), Albert Medrano (Sabadell, Spain) and Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) placed third in a time of 7:46.00.
The Gator men showed their depth as they qualified nine competitors in the 400-meter fresstyle. Leading the way for the Gators was Kaufmann as he took sixth-place in the "A" Final with a time of 4:04.31. Right on Kaufmann's heals was freshman Tobias Work (Falmouth, Mass.) who tied for seventh place in a clocking of 4:04.98.
In the "B" final of the 400-meter freestyle, Lochte took the top spot to place ninth overall in a time 4:00.23. Wolfgarten followed Lochte with a time of 4:04.57 to finish in 11th-place, while freshman Dustin McLarty (Deland, Fla.) took 12th-place in a clocking of 4:05.52.
Senior Cory Welch (Larksville, Pa.) recorded a time of 1:07.25 in the "B" Final of the 100-meter breaststroke, while teammate Bill Mrazek (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished in 19th-place in a time of 1:07.91.
The 2004 U.S. Open Swimming Championships at Palo Alto College continue through Saturday, December 4. Complete results and live event results can be found at www.Omegatiming.com. For daily updates on all Gator swimmers at the meet, log on to www.GatorZone.com.