Gator swimming teams post wins over Volunteers

Published: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
In Southeastern Conference swimming and diving action, the seventh-ranked Florida men's team (9-3, 5-1 SEC) defeated Tennessee 123-113 while the fourth-ranked women's team (10-2, 5-2 SEC) took down No. 16 Tennessee 129-114 in dual meet action.
The women notched a total of five NCAA provisional swims during the meet, although they didn't travel with a full squad.
"We had some good swims today," Florida coach Gregg Troy said. "But it was pretty much a soft meet lineup today. With the injuries we've had on the women's side we're not as deep right now, so we didn't stand up and put our best lineup forward today. Tennessee has a good team though, and we knew they would race us tough."
The Gators notched their first of six first-place finishes in the 400 medley relay, as Samantha Vanderbilt, Vipa Bernhardt, Candace Weiman and Dana Vollmer notched an NCAA B time of 3:43.79.
Caroline Burckle claimed first place in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:04.40.
"Caroline Burckle turned in another strong swim for us today in the distance events," said Troy. "She's been battling some sickness the past couple weeks, but I think she's really starting to turn around now and the swims she turned in today are an indication of that."
The men's team earned its third consecutive win over Tennessee. The Gators won six swimming events before exhibitioning the final three races.
Florida opened the meet by placing first in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:16.35. Ryan Lochte, Bradley Ally, Tim Hughes and Nick Borreca topped the previous best of 3:16.40, which was set at the Purdue Invitational earlier this season.
Sophomore Tobias Work won the 1000 free for the third time this season with a time of 9:07.00. Sophomore Max Jaben clocked a time of 9:21.32 to earn second place, while sophomore Dustin McLarty placed third with a time of 9:25.90.
Lochte remained undefeated in dual meet races this season and has not lost a race since his sophomore year. On Saturday he won the 200 free (1:36.89) and 200 back (1:43.27).
"I think what makes it's a big accomplishment because we're not hiding him," Troy said. "He is racing different events and doing a full training schedule all the time. It's not by design; he just does not like to lose. That type of streak would be like a quarterback not throwing an interception for three seasons."
  • WOMEN'S TENNIS: No. 2 Florida earned its second consecutive shutout victory by defeating Furman 7-0 at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.
    The Gators (2-0) earned singles victories on all six courts, with Diana Srebrovic, Alexis Gordon, Nina Suvak, Whitney Benik, Lolita Frangulyan and Alex Liles each posting wins.
    In doubles, Benik and Suvak lost, but Florida collected the doubles point with wins provided by Srebrovic and Frangulyan and Gordon and Keri Robison.
    "Furman was a really scrappy team," Florida coach Roland Thornqvist said. "We got down in a few of the second sets in singles and allowed those matches to be a little closer than they should have. But it was good to see that we could put it into another gear when we had to to close out those sets."
    Florida has more than a week off before hosting South Florida on Feb. 8 at the Ring Tennis Complex at 3 p.m.
  • MEN'S TRACK: Senior Kayne DaKoski moved up seven spots following the opening day of competition before finishing in fifth place to lead No. 8 Florida at the Clemson Heptathlon Championships in Clemson, S.C.
    DaKoski tallied 2,371 points on the final day to finish fifth with 4,922 total points. Sophomore Kurt Lee finished 11th with 4,546 points, while sophomore Blake Taylor took 14th with 4,046 points.
    DaKoski, who was recovering from a recent bout with the flu, completed his first heptathlon in a Gator uniform and fell just short of the NCAA provisional point total of 5,200.
    "Kayne did a nice job today," Florida field events coach Dan Pfaff said. "Our guys gave good effort, but left a lot of points out there during the meet. We're doing things during practice that indicate we're better and we have to find a way to translate those into competitions."
    Lee came up 152 points shy of his career best of 4,698 points, which he set at the Clemson meet in 2005. Taylor entered the second day in sixth place, but no-heighted in the pole vault before winding up with 4,046 points.
    The entire Gator squad returns to action next weekend when Florida hosts its third indoor meet of the year on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Pepsi Invitational is slated to begin at 11 a.m.
  • WOMEN'S TRACK: No. 20 Florida's weight throwers took the top three spots in the event and the team earned two more NCAA provisional marks at the University of New Mexico Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
    Senior All-American Rachel Longfors earned her third NCAA B standard in the weight throw and her second win of the season. Senior Jyn Wynn and freshman Shawneise Williams placed second and third in the event, respectively.
    Sophomore All-American Lakecia Ealey took home her first NCAA provisional mark of the season, earning the standard time in the 60-meter dash. Junior Candace Cabey won her second-straight triple jump.
    "We had some improvements today. We are getting a little bit better each meet," Florida coach Tom Jones said. "We know that we have to get a lot better before the conference and NCAA meets. We competed in a great facility, and the trip out to Albuquerque wasn't as long as I thought it would be."
    I was real pleased Lakecia Ealey and Dara Altman, and I am impressed with the way our weight throwers are coming along this season. Now, we have got to get back and get ready for our next meet on Super Bowl Sunday."
    Longfors launched a throw of 19.71m/64-8 on her first toss to win the weight throw. Right behind her in the final standings were classmate Wynn, who had a mark of 18.77m/61-7 for the runner-up position, and Williams, who had her highest finish with a third-place throw of 17.67m/57-11.75.
    Ealey, who has narrowly missed the NCAA 'B' standard time in the 55m in the Gators' two earlier meets, finally broke through the barrier in the 60m and tied her personal-best with a time of 7.44 to finish in the runner-up slot. A two-time All-American, junior Nadine Palmer (Manchester, Jamaica) placed fifth in the 60m after clocking 7.65.
    In the triple jump, Cabey took the lead with her second jump and sealed her second-consecutive win with her fifth attempt, earning a mark of 12.61m/41-4.50. In the pole vault, two Gators placed in the top five led by senior Dara Altman (Tampa, Fla.), who placed second with a jump of 3.80m/12-5.50. Sophomore Natalie Moser (Tampa, Fla.) tied with two others behind Altman for the third-highest mark in the event, clearing 3.65m/11-11.75.
    In the final event of the day, the 4x400m relay team of sophomore All-American Zan Joseph (Boynton Beach, Fla.), freshman Nene Kamate (Jamaica, N.Y.) junior Dominique McLeggan (Westminster, Fla.) and sophomore Abigail David (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) earned a runner-up finish after turning in a time of 3:44.33.
    The freshman duo of Kamate and Jenna Utecht (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) finished 2-3 in the 60m hurdles with both competing in the event for the first time this season. Kamate was the runner-up with a time of 8.60 while Utecht crossed the finish line right behind her, clocking an 8.69 in the process.
    For the first time at Florida, McLeggan, who transferred from Army, competed in the 400m and went 55.22 to place second in the field. Also turning a top-five finish was David who earned a PR time of 55.92.
    Sophomore All-American Natalie Knight (Snellville, Ga.) was one of two Gators to compete in the 200m and came away with a second-place finish after running a season-best 24.70. Palmer followed up her fifth place finish in the 60m with a third-place showing in the 200m, crossing the finish line in 24.36.
    The Gator squad returns to action next weekend when Florida hosts its third indoor meet of the year on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Pepsi Invitational is slated to begin at 11 a.m. next Sunday.
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