UF Roundup: Gators split dual meet against Auburn on Senior Day

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The Florida Gators split their swimming and diving dual meet with Auburn in front of a sellout crowd on Senior Day. The No. 4 men topped the No. 13 Tigers 183-114, while the No. 16 Florida women fell to No. 12 Auburn.

The crowd of 1,005 was the first sellout the Gators have had since the renovations to Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Florida’s men won seven straight events to begin the meet and took home a total of 12 victories out of a total of 16 events.

Jan Switkowski and Caeleb Dressel led the men with four wins apiece, including a sweep of the relays. Both were members of the 200 medley relay, which posted a time of 1:26.27, and the 400 free relay, which finished in first with a time of 2:53.87.

Switkowski notched individual wins in the 200 free and 200 back, recording B-cut times of 1:33.95 and 1:44.10, respectively. Dressel also recorded two B-cut times en route to his victories, swimming a 19.64 in the 50 free and a 47.16 in the 100 fly.

Ben Lawless swept the distance events for the men, swimming a 9:02.60 in the 1000 free and a 4:26.03 in the 500 free.

Maxime Rooney and Michael Taylor both recorded an individual win and a relay win for Florida. Taylor won the 200 medley relay and clinched the 100 back with a B-cut of 47.81. Rooney swam a B-cut time of 1:46.28 in the 200 fly for his individual victory and helped Florida finish the meet on a high note with a win in the 400 free relay.

Mark Szaranek recorded an individual win in the 200 IM on his Senior Day, recording a time of 1:46.75, good for a B-cut. Marco Guarente rounded out the individual wins for Florida’s men, swimming a B-cut of 54.30 in the 100 breast.

The women took home five victories, led by freshman Taylor Ault, who recorded wins in both the 500 free (4:48.05) and the 1000 free (9:53.89).

Sydney Sell won the 200 back with a B-cut time of 1:56.41 and Hannah Burns swam a 1:69.37 to clinch the victory in the 200 fly.

The final individual win on the women’s side came off the boards, with Brooke Madden recording a score of 312.23 to place first in the 1-meter event.

Indoor Track and Field: At Clemson, Florida saved a pair of grand finales for its final day at the Clemson Invitational, posting national leads in the women’s and men’s 4×400 relays, the latter of which clocked one of the fastest times in collegiate history.

The men’s quartet of junior Kunle Fasasi, sophomore Grant Holloway, and freshmen Chantz Sawyers and Benjamin Lobo Vedel completed the relay in 3 minutes, 3.49 seconds for the win.

The women’s grouping of senior Taylor Sharpe, freshmen Taylor Manson and Lauryn Ghee, and junior Sharrika Barnett finished in 3:31.17 in winning.

Redshirt junior AJ McFarland broke his own school record in the weight throw by seven centimeters (21.74 meters) to finish second.

On Friday, Holloway tied the third-fastest 60-meter hurdles time in collegiate history, crossing in 7.49 seconds to break Gator Great Eddie Lovett’s school record (7.50) from the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Senior and reigning indoor long jump national champion KeAndre Bates threw down a season-best jump of 7.79 meters (25 feet, 6.75 inches), moving him to third on the national descending order list, and one the event.

In her first ever collegiate pentathlon, freshman Amanda Froeynes posted the second-highest score in the nation this year and became the No. 2 performer on the program’s all-time top 10. Froeynes finished with 4,199 points, leaving her 88 points off Brittany Harrell’s school record from the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Senior Lloydricia Cameron improved her season-best and No. 4-ranked mark in the nation by a centimeter, winning the shot put with a top throw of 17.33 meters (56 feet, 10.25 inches).

Women’s basketball: The Gators (9-10, 1-5 SEC) aim to continue their momentum following their first SEC win they play host to Ole Miss (11-7, 1-4) at Exactech Arena at the O’Connell Center at 1 today. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

It will be second time in 14 days that the Gators and Rebels square off on the hardwood. Ole Miss edged Florida on Jan. 7 in Oxford, where the Rebels won the double-overtime thriller, 78-75.

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