Gators swim teams compete in double-dual meet

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The No. 4 Gator men came out victorious over No. 2 Texas, beating the Longhorns 258-171. Sixth-ranked Indiana topped Florida, 242-187.

Florida’s 18th-ranked women fell to No. 3 Texas and No. 10 Indiana, 290.50-136.50 and 251-178, respectively.

The weekend featured six ranked teams, 39 national championships and 12 Olympians, as well as two world record holders and three previous CSCAA Swimmers of the Year and the matchups lived up to the hype.

Caeleb Dressel and Jan Switkowski record the first place finishes of the day for the Gators. Dressel swam a B-cut time of 19.82 in the 50 free and Switkowski notched his own B-cut time of 1:45.24 in the 200 fly.

Three women posted B-cuts on Day 2 of the meet, with Kelly Fertel, Hannah Burns and Savanna Faulconer each qualifying in the 400 IM. Fertel and Burns went second and third in the event, posting times of 4:14.81 and 4:17.00. Faulconer was right behind them in fifth, finishing with a swim of 4:18.49.

Six men recorded seven B-cut times during the second day of competition and Dressel led the way with two. Along with his 50 free time of 19.82, he posted a 43.86 in the 100 free, putting him second overall.

Mark Szaranek and Grant Sanders each registered B-cuts in the 400 IM, with Szaranek finishing third overall with a time of 3:50.69. Sanders followed in fourth with a time of 3:53.47. Khader Baqlah and Maxime Rooney finished second and third in the 200 free, posting B-cut times of 1:35.56 and 1:36.44, respectively.

The Gators return to action on Wednesday, when they face Alabama in Tuscaloosa at 3 p.m. EST.

How it Happened:

–        Dressel took home another first place finish in the 50 free, posting a time of 19.82.

–        Switkowski placed first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:45.24, followed by Szaranek (3:50.69) in third place.

–        Florida’s men recorded seven B-cuts between six competitors, while the women recorded three on the day.

–        UF’s men registered 11 top-3 finishes, including a season-best second place finish by Marco Guarente. The sophomore swam a 2:01.94 in the 200 breast to earn the top-2 finish.

–        Two Gator men’s relays placed in the top-3, with the 400 medley relay team of Michael Taylor, Stanley Wu, Switkowski and Caeleb finishing second (3:13.59).

–        The women posted five individual top-3 finishes and two top-3 finishes in the relays. Taylor Ault swam a 4:48.47 in the 500 free to take home a second place finish.

Straight from the Source – Head Coach Gregg Troy:

–        “We put up some good performances against some really top-tier teams. No one remembers what happens in October when we get to March, so we just need to learn and improve.”

Weekend Attendance:

–        Friday’s session totaled 495 fans at swimming and 112 fans at diving.

–        419 fans attended Saturday’s session.

Up Next:

–        The Gators travel to Alabama for a SEC dual meet on Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. CT.

–        Florida returns to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium on Friday for the annual Florida-Georgia meet, beginning at 10 a.m.

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