UF Swimmers Sweep Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The University of Florida men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide by scores of 132-105 and 131-106 respectively on Saturday afternoon in the Don Gambril Olympic Pool at the Alabama Aquatic Center.

With their victories today, the Gator men improved to 9-1 overall, including a 3-1 mark in the Southeastern Conference, while the Florida women moved their record to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the SEC.

The Gator men jumped out to a lead that they would never relinquish as the 200-yard medley relay team of Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Will Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.), Adam Sioui (Ontario, Canada) and Daniel Penniman (Pensacola, Fla.) captured first-place in a time of 1:30.29.

Claiming the top-three places in the 1,650-yard freestyle the trio of Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.), Dustin McLarty (Deland, Fla.) and Max Jaben (Overland Park, Kansas) raced to times of 15:37.72, 15:53.60 and 15:56.43.

Junior Nick Borreca (Honolulu, Hawaii) raced to the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle in a clocking of 1:40.83, while teammate Albert Medrano (Sabadell, Spain) recorded a time of 1:41.78 to place third.

In the 200-yard individual medley, freshman Darian Townsend (Montrose, South Africa) posted a time of 1:53.73 to take first place.

In diving action the tandem of Vitor Assuncao (Orlando, Fla.) and Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) placed second and third with 317.17 and 313.50 points apiece.

Earning the second men's sweep was the team of Lochte, Tobias Work (Falmouth, Mass.) and Borreca posted times of 1:50.65, 1:51.13 and 1:51.22.

Junior Andrew Greener (Delray Beach, Fla.) and Hartley raced to a first and second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke by racing to times of 1:49.66 and 1:50.75 respectively.

The trio of Jan Wolfgarten (Frankfurt, Germany), Matt Coan (Plantation, Fla.) and Grant Johnson (Clearwater, Fla.) notched times of 4:30.44, 4:32.61 and 4:39.96 to take finish 1-2-3 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Much like the men, the Gator women jumped out to an early lead as the 200-yard medley relay teams of Samantha Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.), Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfeld, Germany), Candace Weiman (Castro Valley, Calif.) and Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) took first-place in a time of 1:43.47, while their teammates Jamie Reid (Orlando, Fla.), Katie Kennedy (Ft. Myers, Fla.), Colleen Healy (Cape Coral, Fla.) and Natalie Pike (Boca Raton, Fla.) claimed second in a clocking of 1:47.19.

In the 1,650-yard freestyle, the trio of Katie Ball (Cincinnati, Ohio), Leah Retrum (Columbus, Ind.) and Caroline Burckle (Louisville, Ky.) swept the top-three spots in times of 16:40.33, 16:42.98 and 16:43.54 respectively.

Earning the second Florida sweep of the top three places was the trio of Bernhardt, Katie McCann (Walpole, Mass.) and Weiman earned times of 2:03.13, 2:04.57 and 2:05.69.

By taking the top-three spots in the 200-yard butterfly the group of Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.), Bernhardt and Reid raced to times of 2:01.54, 2:03.23 and 2:03.41.

Picking up her second win of the meet, Farrell raced to the top spot in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:59.18, while Vanderbilt recorded a time of 2:08.12 to place third.

Junior Jamie Tannhauser (Seattle, Wash.) Reid and Kim Larson (Longwood, Fla.) raced to times of 4:54.65, 4:55.88 and 5:00.51 respectively in the 500-yard freestyle to earn Florida's fourth sweep of the meet.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Kennedy raced to a time of 2:20.82 to take first, while Retrum placed third in a time of 2:22.48.

The second-ranked Gator men and the third-ranked women return to action on Friday, Jan. 28, as they host the University of Virginia at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will be taped for broadcast on SUN Sports.

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