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Thursday February 17, 2005M & W Swimming Continues to Break Records at SEC Swimming Championships

Gainesville, FL

The No. 3 University of Florida swimming teams continued the 2005 Southeastern Conference Swimming Championships on Thursday evening in grand style as the Gators collected four wins in record fashion at the Stephen C. OíConnell Center Natatorium.

Opening the evening up in front of a near-capacity crowd was Georgiaís Sebastian Rouault as he touched the wall in the menís 500-yard freestyle and established a new SEC and OíConnell Center record time of 4:15.00. Taking the silver was Rouaultís teammate Robert Margalis, as he posted a time of 4:17.60. Earning his first SEC medal and finishing in third-place was UF freshman Tobias Work (Falmouth, Mass.) as he notched a time of 4:18.97. Gators Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) and Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) place sixth and seventh respectively in times of 4:22.62 and 4:25.79.

Improving on her own newly established 500-yard freestyle SEC record from the morning preliminaries was Floridaís Caroline Burckle (Louisville, Ky.), as she bested her own mark by more than two seconds to win the gold medal in a clocking of 4:38.32.

"I just wanted to swim the best that I could," Burckle said. "I knew it would be a tough race, so I just went for it."

Finishing second was Auburnís Adrienne Binder in a time of 4:40.86, while Burckleís teammate Leah Retrum (Columbus, Ind.) posted a time of 4:42.97 to take third.

Continuing his historic SEC Swimming Championships run was Gator junior Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.). Lochte not only took first-place in the menís 200-yard individual medley, but did so in American, U.S. Open, NCAA, SEC and pool record fashion by notching a time of 1:41.76.

"Itís amazing," Lochte said. "I hope my swim pushes everyone to go even faster."

Auburnís Eric Shanteau placed second in the event in a time of 1:44.84, while his teammate Kurt Cady placed third in a clocking of 1:46.44. UF junior Brian Hartley placed fourth in a time of 1:46.57.

Auburnís Kirsty Coventry claimed the womenís 200-yard individual medley in a new SEC and pool record time of 1:55.34, while teammate Emily Kukors claimed the silver in a time of 1:58.21. Mary DeScenza of Georgia took third in a time of 1:58.60. Gators Katie McCann (Walpole, Mass.) and Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfeld, Germany) recorded times of 1:59.60 and 1:59.84 to place fifth and sixth.

In the menís 50-yard freestyle, Auburn senior Fred Bousquet took first-place in a time of 19.57 seconds, while Tim Patrick of Kentucky earned the silver in a time of 19.68 seconds. George Bovell of Auburn finished in third-place with a time of 19.72 seconds. Florida freshman Daniel Penniman placed sixth in a time of 20.06 seconds.

"I didnít swim good at all," Bousquet said. "I missed my start, and I was very late off the block. Usually my turn is the best part of my race, but I barely touched the wall with my feet. Iím really mad because I know I couldíve been faster, but Iím still happy that I won the race."

Claiming the top-two places for Georgia in the womenís 50-yard freestyle was the duo of Kara Lynn Joyce and Amanda Weir, who posted times of 21.91 and 22.49 seconds respectively. Joyceís time set a new SEC and OíConnell Center record. Placing third for Auburn Kara Denby with 22.63. UF senior Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) placed eighth in a clocking of 22.87 seconds.

Claiming their third relay title of SECís was the Florida 400-yard medley relay team of Lochte, Corey Welch (Larksville, Pa.) Gabriel Mangabeira (Piratininga, Brazil) and Darian Townsend (Montrose, South Africa) who established a new SEC and OíConnell Center record of 3:07.87. Auburnís quartet of Doug Van Wie, Sean Osborne, Bousquet, and Ryan Wochomurka placed second in a time of 3:09.66, while Kentuckyís relay of Alejandro Bravo, Kristian Outinen, Daniel Cruz and Daniel Farnham notched a time of 3:12.22 to take third.

"At the second-to-last turn, I looked over at Auburn and I saw that we were still ahead," Mangabeira said. "I just closed my eyes and started swinging my arms."

In perhaps the most exciting race of the night, the Florida womenís 400-yard medley relay team of Farrell, Bernhardt, Candace Weiman (Castro Valley, Calif.) and Burckle edged the Georgia quartet of Samantha Arsenault, Lindsey Ertter, DeScenza and Weir by seven hundredths of a second to take first-place in a pool record time of 3:35.22. The Georgia team touched the wall in a time of 3:35.29, while Auburnís team of Coventry, Denby, Margaret Hoelzer and Kukors in a time 3:35.93.

The SEC Swimming Championships continue tomorrow at the OíConnell Center Natatorium through Sat. Feb. 19.

2005 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships

Day 2

February 17, 2005

1. Auburn, 342; 2. Florida, 300; 3. Georgia, 231; 4. Kentucky, 204; 5. Alabama, 196.5; 6. Tennessee, 127; 7. LSU, 96.5; 8. South Men's Team Scores

Carolina, 95.

Women's Team Scores

1. Georgia, 314; 2. Florida, 273; 3. Auburn, 256; 4. Kentucky, 204; 5. South Carolina, 155; 6. Alabama, 127; 7. LSU, 112; 8. Arkansas, 99; 9. Tennessee, 76.

Men's 500-yard freestyle

Championship Final: 1. Rouault, Georgia, 4:15.00; 2. Margalis, Georgia, 4:17.60; 3. Work, Florida, 4:18.97; 4. Jones, Auburn, 4:20.97; 5. Livnat, Auburn, 4:20.99; 6. Kaufmann, Florida, 4:22.62; 7. Sioui, Florida, 4:25.79; 8. Manley, Kentucky, 4:27.22.

Consolation Final: 9. Slocki, Auburn, 4:20.40; 10. Medrano, Florida, 4:21.90; 11. Wieczorek, Florida, 4:22.01; 12. Wolfgarten, Florida, 4:22.15; 13. Cuttino, Georgia, 4:25.05; 14. Boswell, Tennessee, 4:25.27; 15. White, South Carolina, 4:26.06; 16. Knopf, Auburn, 4:28.46.

Women's 500-yard freestyle

Championship Final: 1. Burckle, Florida, 4:38.32; 2. Binder, Auburn, 4:40.86; 3. Retrum, Florida, 4:42.97; 4. Hill, Georgia, 4:43.17; 5. Peirsol, Auburn, 4:43.26; 6. Conway, Georgia, 4:43.51; 7. Ball, Florida, 4:45.04; 8. Carr, Georgia, 4:45.56.

Consolation Final: 9. Miller, Georgia, 4:46.56; 10. Maranhao, Florida, 4:47.64; 11. Green, Florida, 4:47.71; 12. Carusone, Florida, 4:47.77; 13. Uhle, Florida, 4:48.36; 14. Stowers, Tennessee, 4:49.45; 15. Hastrup, Auburn, 4:51.45; 16. Lynn, Arkansas, 4:51.49.

Men's 200-yard individual medley

Championship Final: 1. Lochte, Florida, 1:41.76; 2. Shanteau, Auburn, 1:44.84; 3. Cady, Auburn, 1:46.44; 4. Hartley, Florida, 1:46.57; 5. Wan Wie, Auburn, 1:47.28; 6. Connell, Auburn, 1:47.55; 7. Schneider, Auburn, 1:48.59; 8. Johnson, Auburn, 1:50.68.

Consolation Final: 9. Cellini, Georgia, 1:48.25; 10. Southon, Alabama, 1:48.71; 11. Thornburn, Georgia, 1:49.05; 12. Goldberg, Tennessee, 1:49.23; 13. Welch, Florida, 1:50.58; 14. Wolfe, Tennessee, 1:51.34; 15. Ratliff, Florida, 1:51.44; 16. Jones, Alabama, 1:51.53.

Women's 200-yard individual medley

Championship Final: 1. Coventry, Auburn, 1:55.34; 2. Kukors, Auburn, 1:58.21; 3. DeScenza, Georgia, 1:58.60; 4. Tomes, Tennessee, 1:59.09; 5. McCann, Florida, 1:59.60; 6. Bernhardt, Florida, 1:59.84; Yevak, Georgia, 2:01.02; 8. Harm, Georgia, 2:01.90.

Consolation Final: 9. Reid, Florida, 2:00.70; 10. Duerk, Auburn, 2:00.89; 11. Lunsmann, Auburn, 2:00.97; 12. Weiman, Florida, 2:01.55; 13. Moss, Auburn, 2:02.25; 14. Kennedy, Florida, 2:02.28; 15. Graham, Kentucky, 2:02.89; 16. Poewe, Georgia, 2:03.85.

Men's 50-yard freestyle

Championship Final: 1. Bousquet, Auburn, 19.57; 2. Patrick, Kentucky, 19.68; 3. Bovell, Auburn, 19.72; 3. Wochomurka, Auburn, 19.72; 5. Farnham, Kentucky, 19.80; 6. Penniman, Florida, 20.06; 7. Goodrich, Auburn, 20.14; 8. Lundquist, Auburn, 20.35.

Consolation Final: 9. Tsagkarakis, Alabama, 19.87; 10. Erasmus, Alabama, 20.10; 10. Malberg, LSU, 20.10; 12. Borreca, Florida, 20.16; 13. Townsend, Florida, 20.18; 14. Verhoff, Georgia, 20.28; 15. Labon, Georgia, 20.41; 16. Gasparovich, Kentucky, 20.54.

Women's 50-yard freestyle

Championship Final: 1. Joyce, Georgia, 21.91; 2. Weir, Georgia, 22.49; 3. Denby, Auburn, 22.63; 4. Kearns, Georgia, 22.66; 5. Kolukanova, Auburn, 22.67; 6. Georoff, Georgia, 22.71; 7. Semeco, Alabama, 22.85; 8. Farrell, Florida, 22.87.

Consolation Final: 9. Anderson, Auburn, 22.83; 10. Arsenault, Georgia, 22.97; 11. Bradford, Kentucky, 23.02; 12. Csobanki, Arkansas, 23.17; 13. Ertter, Georgia, 23.22; 14. Pike, Florida, 23.27; 15. Brand, LSU, 23.40; 16. Bertirotti, LSU, 23.41.

Men's 400-yard medley relay

1.Florida, 3:07.87; 2. Auburn, 3:09.66; 3. Kentucky, 3:12.22; 4. Alabama, 3:13.86; 5. Georgia, 3:13.97; 6. Tennessee, 3:14.69; 7. LSU, 3:16.31; 8. South Carolina, 3:24.66.

Women's 400-yard medley relay

1. Florida, 3:35.22; 2. Georgia, 3:35.29; 3. Auburn, 3:35.93; 4. Kentucky, 3:40.26; 5. Tennessee, 3:41.59; 6. LSU, 3:46.39; 7. South Carolina, 3:46.65; 8. Arkansas, 3:47.54; DQ, Alabama.

 

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