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Thursday January 13, 2005Men's Swimming Tops SMU, 132-102

Dallas, Texas

DALLASThe No. 3 University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team got its busy weekend off to a solid start as the Gators defeated Southern Methodist University on Thursday evening at the Perkins Natatorium by a score of 132-102.

 

The dual meet against the Mustangs was the first competition the Gator men had seen in over five weeks and served as a tune up for the busy weekend schedule Florida will face in the next two days. With the win, Florida improved to 5-1 all time against SMU and improved their dual meet record to 7-0. Florida has not lost a dual meet since Jan. 23, 2004 when the eventual National Champion Auburn Tigers bested the Gators.

 

Florida took top honors in eight-of-13 events, including three events where all Gator competitors were competing only as an exhibition.

 

Getting the Gators off on the right foot was the 400-yard medley relay team of Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Bill Mrazek (Tallahassee, Fla.), Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) and Darian Townsend (Montrose, South Africa), who posted a time of 3:18.62.

 

Following the relay win, Florida earned its first of four event sweeps of the night as the trio of Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany), Tobias Work (Falmouth, Mass.) and Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) claimed the top-three places by posting times of 9:10.89, 9:11.61 and 9:26.16 in the 1000-yard freestyle.

 

Florida claimed it second sweep in the very next event as Sioui, Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) and Max Jaben (Overland Park, Kansas) went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle racing to times of 1:39.48, 1:39.80 and 1:43.14.

 

The third Gator sweep came courtesy of the one-meter springboard trio of Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.), Vitor Assuncao (Orlando, Fla.) and Justin Schmidt (Falcon, Colo.), who recorded scores of 368.62, 328.72 and 311.92 respectively.

 

The final sweep of the meet came in the 200-yard butterfly. Sioui, who captured his third event title in as many events, teamed with Grant Wieczorek (Carmel, Ind.) and Tim Hughes (Winter Park, Fla.) to give Florida a commanding lead.

 

Rounding out the other Gators event winners was Lochte in the 200-yard individual medley in a clocking of 1:48.94, Wilcox in the three-meter springboard with a score of 351.30 and freshman Daniel Penniman (Pensacola, Fla.), who raced to the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 45.65 seconds.

 

The Gators return to the Perkins Natatorium pool tomorrow night at 8 p.m. for the first day of competition for the 24th Annual Dallas Morning News Classic. Florida will face three ranked teams in No. 6 California, No. 19 Texas A&M and No. 24 Florida State, while also competing against the meet host SMU and PAC-10-foe Arizona State.

 

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