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Ryan Lochte won three NCAA titles en route to earning the NCAA Swimmer of the Meet Honor

Saturday March 26, 2005Men's S&D Takes Fifth at NCAAs; Lochte Earns Swimmer of the Meet Award

Minneapolis, Minn.

Ryan Lochte won three NCAA titles en route to earning the NCAA Swimmer of the Meet Honor

The No. 3 University of Florida menís swimming and diving team closed out the 2005 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center by placing fifth with a total score of 284. The fifth-place finish by the Gators marks the 14th time in program history that UF has placed in the top-five at the NCAA Championships, while the 284 points marks the 10th time in Florida history that the Gators have scored at least 250 points in the NCAA meet.

"Yesterday was not a good day for us at all," Head Coach Gregg Troy said. "Our team showed a lot of character by overcoming adversity and some injuries that popped up during the meet. I cannot say enough of how proud I am of how this team bounced back from a tough day."

Claiming his fourth career NCAA championship title junior Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) established a new NCAA meet and University of Minnesota Aquatic Center record time of 1:38.37 to capture the 200-yard backstroke. The win by Lochte gives him three titles in a single championship and he became the fifth Gator in program history to claim two individual titles in the same championship meet. Lochte is the first Gator since Greg Burgess in 1994 to win two individual national championships in the same meet. With four career NCAA titles, Lochte is now tied for second all-time and is only one title shy of matching the all-time mark of five set by current UF Assistant Coach Anthony Nesty.

For his efforts at the 2005 Menís NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, Lochte earned his first career Swimmer of the Meet title. During the three days of competition, Lochte captured two individual and one relay title, and was the top individual scorer of the meet with 57 points.

"During this meet Ryan was fantastic," Head Coach Gregg Troy said. "He really showed a lot of toughness and character during the meet."

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Lochte, Darian Townsend (Montrose, South Africa), Daniel Penniman (Pensacola, Fla.) and Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) recorded the second fastest time in program history at 2:52.07 to place fourth.

Senior Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) raced to an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:44.09, while teammate Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.) touched the wall in a time of 1:44.28 to finish in 14th-position.

In the 100-yard freestyle consolation finals, Townsend raced to a 12th-place finish, touching the wall in a time of 43.59.

Placing 16th in the 200-yard breaststroke, freshman Luca DeMatteis (Naples, Fla.) notched a time of 1:58.98.

Freshman Tobias Work (Falmouth, Mass.) led the Gator distance team in the 1650-yard freestyle as he placed 17th in a time of 15:11.25, while teammate Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany) touched the wall in a time of 15:11.84. Finishing in 26th-place senior Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) raced to a season-best time of 15:15.38.

"It was a great season," Troy said. "We wanted to be a little bit better at the end, but weíll go back and start working on a few things for next year."

The NCAA Championships concludes the Gators collegiate season. Florida will send several of its athletes to Indianapolis, Ind. on April 1-6, to compete in the 2005 World Championship Trials.

Team Standings (Top Five)

Team: Points:

  1. Auburn 491
  2. Stanford 414
  3. Arizona 388
  4. California-Berkley 381
  5. Florida 284

Event Results (Top 16)

Event Time

1650-Yard Freestyle

1. Larsen Jensen (USC) 14:32.01

17. Tobias Work (UF) 15:11.25

19. Jan Wolfgarten (UF) 15:11.84

26. Scott Kaufmann (UF) 15:15.38

200-Yard Backstroke

1. Ryan Lochte (UF) 1:38.37 (NCAA Meet/Pool Record)

8. Kris Wiebeck (UF) 1:44.09

14. Brian Hartley (UF) 1:44.28

100-Yard Freestyle

1. Duje Draganja (Cal) 41.49 (NCAA/U.S. Open/Pool Record)

12. Darian Townsend (UF) 43.59

200-Yard Breaststroke

1. Vladislav Polyakov (Bama) 1:53.93 (Pool Record)

16. Luca DeMatteis (UF) 1:58.98

200-Yard Butterfly

1. Davis Tarwater (Mich.) 1:42.30 (Pool Record)

7. Adam Sioui (UF) 1:44.75

400-Yard Freestyle Relay

1. California 2:47.70 (U.S. Open/NCAA/Pool Record)

4. Florida 2:52.07

(Lochte, Townsend, Penniman, and Sioui)

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