Florida Swimming in the Lead, Taking Miami Invite By 270 Points

Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 4:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 4:45 p.m.

Coral Gables, Fla. - The No. 3 University of Florida women's swimming team is dominating the competition as the Gators finished the morning session 270 points above runner-up Penn State (14), the only other ranked team in the Miami Invitational.

Florida captured 648 points in just eight events, with 19 women finishing their individual events in the top five and the relay teams settling in the top five as well.

The 400-free 'A' and 'B' relay teams took first and second,

respectively, as the Gators clocked 3:28.39 and 3:32.71. The

200-medley relay teams also finished high as the 'A' team took second with a combined time of 1:45.27 and the 'B' relayers finished fourth with 1:48.22 on the clock.

First, third, fourth and fifth belonged to UF in the women's

1,650-yard free event. With the top time of 16:50.72 was sophomore

Katie Ball (Cincinnati, Ohio). Ball was followed in by teammate Leah

Retrum (Columbus, Ind.) who marked a third-placing showing with a

16:59.08 clocking. Taking fourth and fifth were Jamie Reid (Orlando)

and Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) with times of 16:59.79 and

17:00.48, respectively.

Four of the top five spots also belonged to the Orange and Blue.

Swimming 1:51.46 for the fastest 200-free time was freshman Natalie Pike (Boca Raton) who was tailed by junior Mary Uhle (Sankt Ingbert, Germany). Uhle finished the race in 1:52.01 for second place.

Junior Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfelt, Germany) took home fourth place (1:53.25), while sophomore Kristin Gilliam (Gainesville) touched the wall in 1:53.56 for fifth place.

Winning the 100 back for Florida was senior Maureen Farrell

(Northridge, Calif.) with her time of 56.76. Freshman Samantha

Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.) took third, clocking the swim in 57.85.

Bringing home another title was Bernhardt in the 100 breaststroke,

with a time of 1:02.53. Swimming in her Florida debut was Candace

Weiman (Castro Valley, Calif.) who captured third with her time of

1:05.69. Senior Katie Kennedy (Ft. Myers) also swam in the

breaststroke, and took home fourth place with her 1:06.10 effort.

Sophomore Retrum paved the way for Florida in the women's 200-yard butterfly. Retrum clocked 2:03.02 for the fastest time in the 200.

On her heels were three other Gators. Reid finished second with her

2:03.24 effort, while senior Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) took third in 2:03.88. Fourth place was tagged by senior Katie McCann (Walpole, Mass.), who clocked the race in 2:05.20.

Finishing up the morning session for the Gators in the individual

events were Farrell and freshman Caroline Burckle (Louisville, Ky.).

Farrell swam the 50-yard free in 24.19 for a third-place finish, while

Burckle nipped her heels with a 24.30 effort, good for fourth place.

On the boards for UF, senior Nicole Bolt (Orlando) took home second and third place. In the one-meter competition, Bolt collected 260.90 points for runner-up. She captured third place with 282.30 points in the three-meter diving event.

The Gators will return to action as the evening session kicks off

around 4 p.m. Complete results from the morning session can be found on Gatorzone.com and the afternoon results will be place on the website at the conclusion of the event.

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