No. 2 University of Florida swimming and diving team won its eighth straight
dual meet of the season as the Gators defeated Texas Christian Saturday by a
score of 141-97 at the University
Florida claimed nine event
titles en route to extending their dual meet unbeaten streak to 10, dating back
to Jan. 23, 2004 when the Gators were defeated by eventual National Champion
Auburn in Gainesville.
The Gators had a solid performance in all areas, including
the relays, where Florida
would claim the 200-yard medley relay as well as the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The quartet of Andrew Greener (Delray
Beach, Fla.), Will Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ken.), Grant Wieczorek
(Carmel, Ind.) and Daniel Penniman (Pensacola, Fla.) took the 200 medley relay in
a time of 1:34.14, while the team of Penniman, Matt Coan (Plantation, Fla.),
Wieczorek and Tim
Hughes (Winter Park, Fla.) claimed the top spot in the 200
Competing in four events in the meet, Penniman
had his best day as a Gator as the freshman posted two individual event wins in
the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.80) and the 100-yard freestyle (46.08 seconds).
In the 1,000-yard freestyle, the Gators demonstrated their
depth by sweeping the first three places in the event. The trio of Albert Medrano, (Sabadell,
Spain), Max Jaben (Overland Park, Kansas) and Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) recorded
times of 9:24.54, 9:30.38 and 9:37.34 respectively.
Florida also picked up key
event victories from freshman Tobias
Work (Falmouth, Mass.)
in the 200-yard individual medley (1:55.02), Greener in the 200-yard backstroke
(1:49.81), Hughes competing in the 500-yard freestyle (4:39.11) and Vitor Assuncao (Orlando, Fla.)
in the one-meter springboard event (328.42).
Florida completes its Texas swing by competing
in the final night of the 23rd Annual Dallas
Morning News Classic at the Perkins Natatorium.