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Saturday January 28, 2006Gators Defeat Tennessee On The Road 123-113

Knoxville, Tenn.

The seventh-ranked men’s team earned their third consecutive win over Tennessee, 123-133, on Saturday afternoon at the UT Student Aquatic Center. The Gators won six swimming events before exhibitioning the final three races.

 

Florida opened the meet by placing first in the 400 medley relay with a season-best time of 3:16.35. The team of senior Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), freshman Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), sophomore Tim Hughes (Winter Park, Fla.) and senior Nick Borreca (Honolulu, Hawaii) topped the previous best of 3:16.40, which was set at the Purdue Invitational earlier this season.

 

Sophomore Tobias Work (Falmouth, Mass.) won the 1000 free race for the third time this season with a time of 9:07.00. Sophomore Max Jaben (Overland Park, Kan.) clocked a season-best time of 9:21.32 to earn second place, while sophomore Dustin McLarty (DeLand, Fla.) placed third in a time of 9:25.90.

 

The Gator distance swimmers had a strong day, not only sweeping the 1000 free but taking four of the top five positions in the 500 free. Work led the way by placing first in a time of 4:27.62 for his second individual victory of the afternoon. Jaben placed second in a time of 4:33.07, while sophomore Kevin Nead (Ithaca, N.Y.) and McLarty placed fourth and fifth respectively.

 

“They were just so tired earlier in the year it was hard for them to race,” Florida head coach Gregg Troy said. “The work they put in all year is now starting to show up. Last week Max Jaben had a big mental lift last week against Auburn and swam well again today. Tobias has been good for us all the time.” 

 

Lochte remained undefeated in dual meet races this season and has not lost a race since his sophomore year. On Saturday he won both the 200 free (1:36.89) and 200 back (1:43.27).

 

“I think what makes it’s a big accomplishment because we’re not hiding him,” Troy said. “He is racing different events and doing a full training schedule all the time. It’s not by design; he just does not like to lose. That type of streak would be like a quarterback not throwing an interception for three seasons.”

 

Ally continued to establish himself as one of the top medley racers in the nation, by winning the 200 IM for the fifth time this year. Ally’s time of 1:49.41 was two seconds faster than Tennessee’s Casey Dauw, who finished second. Freshman Ron Ballatore (Gainesville, Fla.) place third with a time of 1:52.85, while Nead placed fourth with a time of 1:52.87.

 

Freshman Jonathan Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) bounced back from a soar back last week to win the one-meter dive with a score of 300.37. Junior Justin Schmidt (Falcon, Col.) placed second with a score of 284.40.

 

Men’s Results

Florida 123, Tennessee 113

 

Event

Name

School

Time/Score

400 MR

Lochte, Ally, Hughes, Borreca

Florida

3:16.35

1000 Free

Tobias Work

Florida

9:07.00

200 Free

Ryan Lochte

Florida

1:36.89

50 Free

Barry Murphy

Tennessee

20.52

200 IM

Bradley Ally

Florida

1:49.41

200 Fly

Michael Wolf

Tennessee

1:48.65

100 Free

Barry Murphy

Tennessee

45.41

200 Back

Ryan Lochte

Florida

1:43.27

500 Free

Tobias Work

Florida

4:27.62

200 Breast

Kiel Huston

Tennessee

2:06.52

200 FR

Murphy, Sudbury, Gustafson, Alesi

Tennessee

1:21.27

1M Diving

Jonathan Wilcox

Florida

300.37

3M Diving

Ryan Rincon

Tennessee

321.30

 

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