UF roundup: Gators split SEC swim meet with Georgia

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Florida’s swimming and diving program ended its long stretch of meets Friday, splitting with Georgia at the O’Connell Center.

The No. 3 Gator men defeated the No. 12 Bulldogs, 179-121, while the sixth-ranked Georgia women topped No. 20 Florida. The UF men claimed the first win over the Bulldogs since the 2013-14 season.

Both Florida squads started the meet out on a high note, winning the 200 medley relay. The women’s relay of Emma Ball, Paige Scheriger, Sherridon Dressel and Amelia Maughan posted a time of 1:41.15 for the win.

The men’s relay of Michael Taylor, Chandler Bray, Jan Switkowski and Caeleb Dressel followed with a win of their own, posting a swim of 1:26.73. Florida’s 400 freestyle relay of Khader Baqlah, Maxime Rooney, Mark Szaranek and Dressel closed the meet out winning with a time of 2:58.43.

The men totaled seven individual wins to go along with their two relay wins. Switkowski earned wins in the 100 fly and 200 fly, posting B-cut times of 47.02 and 1:44.35, respectively. He also won the 200 IM with a season-best time of 1:44.99. Dressel also notched two wins in the 50 free and 100 free with B-cut times of 19.93 and 44.00. Ben Lawless added another win this week, swimming a 9:05.41 in the 1,000 free, while Khader Baqlah posted a B-cut time of 4:24.07 in the 500 free to finish first.

The women recorded three individual wins to add onto their relay, beginning with Emma Ball’s 57.73 in the 100 back. The other two wins came on the boards, with Brooke Madden winning the 1-meter (316.58) and Teya Syskakis winning the 3-meter (315.53).

Florida’s men notched 15 B-cut times, with Switkowski leading the way with three. Baqlah, Dressel, Rooney and Taylor each recorded two as well. Clark Beach, Chandler Bray, Grant Sanders and Mark Szaranek rounded out the men recording NCAA qualifying times.

Hannah Burns led the women with two B-cuts of her own, while Kelsey Dambacher, Sydney Sell and Emma Ball pitched in one apiece.

The Gators are back in action Nov. 4 when the women compete against Florida Gulf Coast University at the O’Connell Center Natatorium.

SEC Cross Country: At Athens, Ga., the Florida cross country teams placed 10th overall (2:05:42.70) on the men’s side and 13th (1:55:20.70) on the women’s on the UGA Golf Course.

Florida redshirt freshman Marshall Dillon (25:03.90) raced his way to a 38th-place finish and a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. Dillon dropped his personal record time by 40 seconds to edge out Missouri’s Austin Hindman for the final spot on the all-freshman team.

Following Dillon, Jack Rogers (25:08.80) nearly equaled his personal record time and placed 41st while Blake Lowery (25:41.70) dropped his personal record time and crossed 69th. Jonathan Hulzebos (72nd – 25:46.30) and Jack Beitter (77th – 25:48.80) closed out the five scoring times for UF.

On the women’s side, redshirt junior Morgan Hull (22:09.70) led the group with a 58th-place finish. This morning’s 6k event was the first time that the women had raced competitively at that distance this season.

Junior Caitlin McQuilkin-Bell (22:15.80) tallied a 63rd-place finish, while Jessica Pascoe (74th- 22:25.60), Emily Chapman (104th- 23:19.40) and Madison Morse (129th -25:10.20) rounded out the scoring for the Gators.

Next up for the Gators is the NCAA South Regionals on Nov. 10 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Women’s golf: At Wilmington, N.C., after 18 holes, Marta Perez sits in the top 20 of the leaderboard at the Landfall Tradition. Over the final 10 holes, Perez circled the scorecard four times to boost her score. Perez carded a 72 (E) on the first day to lead the Gators who went six-over and tied for seventh.

Taylor Tomlinson and Carlotta Ricolfi are just one stroke back of Perez at one-over each tallying three birdies on the day. They are tied for 29th heading into the second day. All three recorded a birdie on the par five 18th before playing their final nine on the front side of the Dye Course.

That boost helped the Gators shoot four-under over the last nine holes. This included a three-under nine holes from Perez and two-under from Tomlinson.

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