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Candace Weiman broke the Florida 100 fly record set in 1988 by legendary Gator Dara Torres.

Friday March 18, 2005Sophomore Swimmer Breaks 17 Year-Old Record, Team Moves Up to Fourth

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Candace Weiman broke the Florida 100 fly record set in 1988 by legendary Gator Dara Torres.

Sophomore Candace Weiman notched a career mark today, not just for herself, but for all Gator athletes before her and to come.

The Castro Valley, Calif., native set the bar in the women’s 100-yard butterfly as she broke the Florida record in the event, a record that stood for 17 years, garnered in 1988 by legendary Gator and nine-time Olympic medlatist Dara Torres. Weiman’s time of 52.75 defeated the old mark by .20 of a second. The sophomore was just .01 of a second off the time after clocking a 52.96 in this morning’s preliminary round. The final time earned by Weiman was good for a third-place finish in the champion’s field.

Florida ended the second day of competition in fourth place, after Weiman’s performance and the eight other top-five finishes by the Gator athletes, pushed the team ahead of Stanford, who finished in fourth after the first day of the 2005 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Florida garnered 256 points after today’s competition to set up a push for a higher placing in Saturday’s finals of the meet. Florida trails the third-place Arizona Wildcats by 34 points.

"We had a great day. We came in this morning and we really took care of business," head coach Gregg Troy said. "We qualified people in the finals in every spot we needed too. We came back tonight, swimming really well. We had a lot of lifetime bests. If we keep in the position we are in tonight, we have a good chance to be third in the meet."

Beginning the finals of day two, the 200-yard medley relay team of Samantha Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.), Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfelt, Germany), Candace Weiman (Castro Valley, Calif.) and Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) combined for a team clocking of 1:42.42, .28 of a second faster than their preliminary round. Florida took sixth in the event, while the top honors went to Georgia, which set a pool record with their 1:37.81 effort.

The Gators qualified three swimmers from this morning’s preliminary session into the 400 individual medley championship final. All three Gators swam under their preliminary time, with sophomore Leah Retrum (Columbus, Ind.) and freshman Joanna Maranhao (Recife-PE, Brazil) shaving almost four seconds from their morning performance. Retrum clocked a 4:08.32 for a personal-best in the 400 IM and a bronze medal in the national meet. Her time also established the third-fastest swim in the 400 IM in UF history.

"I like the NCAAs. You swim with people from all different countries. Its really unique to be able to swim with the best people in the world," Retrum said. "It brings a really unique atmosphere to the competition as well. You compete against girls who are medalists in the Olympics and it’s just a really good feeling to be competing against them. I am really happy with how I did."

Just behind Retrum, teammate Maranhao finished fourth in the first NCAA meet of her career. Maranhao touched the wall in 4:09.26 for a new personal-best and the fifth-best time record all-time by Florida. Also in the championship final of the 400 IM was senior Katie McCann (Walpole, Mass.) who finished seventh with a 4:13.90 effort for the Gators. McCann cut almost half of a second from her morning preliminary finish of 4:14.12. All three Florida athletes swam against Auburn’s Kirsty Coventry, who finished the event with the second-fastest time ever performed in the 400 IM (4:04.48). Coventry also set a new pool record with this evening’s performance.

Also taking home a bronze medal in the NCAA meet was freshman Caroline Burckle (Louisville, Ky.) with a 200-freestyle time of 1:45.95, almost a whole second better than her preliminary time of 1:46.96, which garnered the Gator eighth place this morning. Burckle’s time was just 1.35 seconds off of the winning time, held by Auburn’s Margaret Hoelzer (1:44.60).

Bernhardt, the 100-breast Southeastern Conference champion, took home a fourth-place finish with a 1:00.56 effort in the event. Bernhardt was only .45 of a second off of her Florida-record setting performance at the 2005 SEC Championships, where she clocked the fastest 100-breast time ever swam by a Florida Gator (1:00.11). The winner of the event was Stanford’s Caroline Bruce, who clocked a 59.55 for a new pool record and the third-fastest performance all-time in that event.

Representing the Orange and Blue in the women’s 100-yard backstroke was Farrell as the she clocked a 53.64 for fifth place in the event. The time garnered the senior a new season-best in the 100 back and earned the Gator a spot on Florida’s all-time chart as the second-fastest time ever swam in the event by a Florida athlete. Farrell defeated the old time of 53.77 by .13 of a second, a time she set at the 2005 SEC Championships.

Farrell was also the lead leg in the women’s 800-free relay, clocking a 200-free split of 1:45.28, the 3rd-fastest time swam in the 200 this season. The team of Farrell, Burckle, Uhle and Retrum combined for a 7:05.95 performance, enough for a fourth-place finish in the event. The winner, Georgia, clocked a new American record in the event with a 7:01.03 performance, swimming the second-fastest 800-free race of all-time. The Florida squad of Farrell, Burckle, Uhle and Retrum still hold the fastest-time ever swam in the 800 FR, capturing the NCAA and U.S. Open record at the 2005 SEC Championships, clocking a 7:00.25.

"We swam an 800-free relay that was absolutely amazing at the conference meet," Troy said. "And we came back tonight and swam what we thought we were capable of the first time and I am really happy with those girls’ performances."

"Their split times in the relay were faster than all their lifetime bests prior to the SEC meet. It was a really good effort. All the girls fought hard today and really battled for their times."

Competition will resume tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET for the final preliminary round of the 2005 NCAA Championships. Results from the meet are available at and can also be found by visiting the GatorZone website.

Day Two Final Results – Winner and Florida

200 Medley Relay Time

1. Georgia (Arsenault, Poewe, DeScenza, Joyce) 1:37.81

6. Florida (Vanderbilt, Bernhardt, Weiman, Farrell) 1:40.42

400 Individual Medley Time

1. Kirsty Coventry, Auburn 4:04.48

- New pool record

3. Leah Retrum, Florida 4:08.32

4. Joanna Maranhao, Florida 4:09.26

7. Katie McCann, Florida 4:13.90

100 Butterfly Time

1. Mary DeScenza, Georgia 52.11

3. Candace Weiman, Florida 52.75

200 Freestyle Time

1. Margaret Hoelzer, Auburn 1:44.60

3. Caroline Burckle, Florida 1:45.95

100 Breaststroke Time

1. Caroline Bruce, Stanford 59.55

4. Vipa Bernhardt, Florida 1:00.56

100 Backstroke Time

1. Marshi Smith, Arizona 52.82

5. Maureen Farrell, Florida 53.64

800 Freestyle Relay Time

1. Georgia (DeScenza, Joyce, Hill, Weir) 7:01.03

- New NCAA Meet, American and pool record

4. Florida (Farrell, Burckle, Uhle, Retrum) 7:05.95

NCAA Team Leaders (Day Two) Points

1. Georgia 422.5

2. Auburn 329

3. Arizona 290

4. Florida 256

5. Stanford 216

6. Texas 163

7. SMU 114

8. California 97

9. Indiana 81

10. Southern Cal 79



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