Gator swimming and diving down Indian River CC


Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

The No. 9 UF women's swimming and diving team (6-1, 2-0 SEC) recorded seven first-place finishes, seven event sweeps and four NCAA provisional-qualifying times en route to a 141-83 victory over Indian River Community College on Saturday

"As a coaching staff, we were pleased with what we saw in several events this afternoon. Our breaststrokers put together better swims today than against Virginia last night, and we also had some very decent relay splits," Florida head coach Gregg Troy said. "I think this weekend has helped set us up for the next three weeks, but we've still got a lot of racing ahead of us, and it will all help us prepare for the SEC meet."

Sophomore Stephanie Cota led a trio of Gators to the first individual event sweep of the evening with a time of 10:01.09 in the 1,000 free.

Freshman Elizabeth Goldson and senior Laurie Moreau claimed the following two spots after touching the wall in 10:11.96 and 10:18.85, respectively. The Gators followed with a second-straight sweep in the 200 freestyle, where sophomore Lauren Winter clocked in at 1:51.86 for first place, and freshmen Stephanie Napier and Kristen Beales rounded out the top three with times of 1:53.29 and 1:53.34.

Junior Natalie Pike notched a first-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.68 for the Gators' first 'B'-cut of the afternoon.

In diving action, the trio of Jennifer Funch, Jeana Bartell and Sarah Ellerby finished 1-2-3 on the 3-meter board, and Whitney Stern earned second place in the 1-meter competition with a score of 246.84.

The 11th-ranked Florida men's swimming team evened its 2006-07 dual-meet record at 4-4 (1-1 SEC) when it defeated Indian River Community College, 147-90.

UF TRACK & FIELD

Sophomore Shawneise Williams became the first women's track and field athlete in the nation to automatically qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw, while sophomore Wes Stockbarger recorded the third-best throw in the shot put in school history to lead the Florida track and field teams at the Florida Intercollegiate at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

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