Gator Swimmers Sweep Final Dual Meet

The University of Florida men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated Indian River Community College today at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center for the Gators' last match up of the 2004-05 regular season. The number two men's team won, 169-114, to improve to 12-1 in dual-meet action, while the number three women's team triumphed with a 176.5-106.5 score, ending with a 9-2 dual-meet record.

The men's team came into the meet strong, and finished the day with the top time in every event. Leading off, the team of Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach), Will Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.), Gabriel Mangabeira and Daniel Penniman (Pensacola), turned in a strong performance with a 1:29.60 effort in the 200-medley relay. In the men's 1,650 free, Steve Friedlander (Coral Springs) headed a fast trio as he clocked a 15:47.26 for first. Friedlander was followed in by teammates Michael Berger (15:49.15 for second) and Chris Millen (16:04.82 for third). Olympian Darian Townsend (Montrose, South Africa) turned in a solid swim in the 200 free as he touched the wall in 1:38.63 for first place and a NCAA provisional time.

Senior Kris Weibeck (Tampa) and Mangabeira took the gold and silver in the men's 100 back. Weibeck clocked a heat high 50.10, while Mangabeira turned in a 50.33 time. In the next event for the men, Ratliff clocked a 100-breast time of 56.59 for first place. Senior Justin Zumsteg (Rochester, Mich.) also took first with a 1:48.92 performance in the men's 200 fly. Brian Hartley (Indianapolis, Ind.) was just behind Zumsteg as the junior clocked 1:50.45 in the race for second. Nick Borreca (Honolulu, Hawaii) took first in the 50 free with a 20.77 effort, while sophomore Matt Coan (Plantation) swam the 100 free in 46.17 for first. Grant Weizorek (Carmel, Ind.), who clocked 46.72 for the runner-up position, followed in Coan.

Taking the top time in the men's 200 back was Albert Medrano (Sabadell, Spain), who clocked a 1:49.77 time. In first place for UF was freshman Luca DeMatteis with a 2:02.56 swim in the 200 breast. Four Gators took the top time in the men's 500-free event, while three finished the two-heat 100-yard butterfly with the fastest times. Both events were exhibitioned. In the men's 400 IM, Tobias Work (Falmouth, Mass.) just missed a NCAA 'B' time by .63 of a second as he clocked the fastest time in the race with a 3:54.73. And diver Vitor Assuncao (Orlando) took home the one and three-meter titles as the sophomore recorded a 314.73 1M score and a 233.45 3M-tally on the boards. Ending the afternoon meet for Florida, the team of Lochte, Townsend, Mangabeira and Penniman clocked a 1:20.78 NCAA provisional time in the 200-free relay.

On the women's side, the team of Samantha Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.), Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfelt, Germany), Mary Uhle (Sankt Ingbert, Germany) and Candace Weiman (Castro Valley, Calif.), combined for a 1:43.62, 200-medley relay clocking, good for first place. Just behind them, the squad of Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.), Katie Kennedy (Ft. Myers), Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) and Christine Woodruff (Orlando) took home second place with a 1:46.68 clocking.

Three Gators garnered NCAA 'B' times in the 1,650 free. Senior Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) led the way as she touched the wall in 16:31.79 for first. Freshman Joanna Maranhao (Brazil) clocked 16:41.53 for second, while teammate Jamie Tannhauser (Seattle, Wash.) swam 16:48.19 for third and a provisional qualifying time. One, two for UF in the 200 free was freshman Natalie Pike (Boca Raton) with a 1:51.66 effort and sophomore Katie Ball (Cincinnati, Ohio) with a 1:51.80 performance. A repeat of the 200 free was Kennedy and Mandy Huff (Gold Hill, N.C.) in the 100 breast. Kennedy clocked 1:06.13 for first, while Huff finished the race in 1:07.08.

One through four belonged to Florida in the women's 100 back. Vanderbilt led the way with a 56.89 time, as freshman Colleen Healy (Cape Coral) nipped her heals with a 58.61 time. Kristen Harris (Holmdel, N.J.) finished with a 59.05 effort for third, while sophomore Kristin Gilliam (Gainesville) turned in a 60.04 performance. Sophomore Jamie Reid (Orlando) took the top honors in the 200 fly with a 2:02.16 clocking, while freshman Kim Larson (Longwood) finished the race in 2:05.88 for second. Farrell took third in the event (2:07.14).

In the 50 and 100 free, Woodruff took home the titles as she clocked 23.78 and 50.84, respectively. Her time in the 100 free garnered a NCAA provisional time. In the 200 back, senior Katie McCann (Walpole, Mass.) finished her dual meet season in first place with a 2:03.43 time. Tannhauser was just behind her and finished the race with a 2:07.51 effort for Florida. On the boards, diver Nicole Bolt (Orlando) took home the one and three-meter titles as she scored 307.50 in 1M-competition and 224.15 on the three.

First through third was Orange and Blue again as sophomore Ashley Carusone (High Springs) took the top honors with a 4:56, 500-free time. Gilliam swam 4:59.70 for second while Harris clocked 5:01.71. Weiman took home another NCAA provisional time with a 54.21 performance in the women's 100 fly. Two NCAA 'B' times were garnered in the 400 IM as Bernhardt and Maranhao took the top times with a 4:16.17 and 4:18.42 effort, respectively.

The women finished the afternoon out strong, taking the top two times in the 200-free relay. Farrell, Weiman, Uhle and Caroline Burckle (Louisville, Ky.) turned in a combined 1:33.88 clocking, while Green, Kennedy, McCann and Woodruff finished the meet with a 1:37.78 performance, thus ending regular-season play for the women's Gator team.

Next week, UF will host the 2005 SEC Diving Championships at the O'Connell Center Natatorium. The sessions will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 11.

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