UF swim and diving teams pick up big wins at Alabama


Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

The Florida women and men swim and diving teams had a successful Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Florida women tallied nine first-place finishes by five different individuals, including two by juniors Amanda Hartley and Leah Retrum en route to downing Alabama, 181-119, and South Carolina, 176.5-123.5.

Retrum notched two NCAA provisional-qualifying times in her pair of individual victories after clocking in at 1:59.12 in the 200-yard backstroke and 4:20.53 in the 400-yard individual medley. In addition, Hartley swept the breaststroke events as she touched the wall in 1:04.69 in the 100-yard breaststroke and 2:19.70 in the 200-yard breast.

Sophomore Laurabeth Guenthner claimed the first individual victory of the afternoon with a time of 9:55.83 in the 1,000-yard freestyle, and junior Samantha Vanderbilt and sophomore Lauren Winter picked up wins in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle, respectively, with times of 56.60 and 51.55.

For the UF men, junior Tobias Work and freshman Roland Rudolf both picked up two individual event wins to lead the Gators to a pair of dual wins. The Gators won seven total events en route to defeating No. 18 Alabama, 172-128, and getting the better of South Carolina, 190-109.

Work earned his initial first-place finish of the afternoon in the meet's first event, winning the 1,000 free with a time of 9:05.69. He also captured the 500 free with an NCAA provisional-qualifying performance of 4:24.82, marking his third B cut of the season in the event.

Freshmen Shaune Fraser and Clark Burckle also won for UF. Fraser clocked an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 1:46.00 to win the 200 fly by more than three seconds, while Burckle notched his first career win in the 400 individual medley in a career-best clip of 3:54.07. The squad of Rudolf, sophomore Lucas Salatta, Fraser and junior Tim Hughes closed the meet out on a high note for the Gators, winning the 400 FR with a time of 3:02.77.

TRACK AND FIELD

Three individuals recorded NCAA provisional marks, while the Florida men's 4x400m relay also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial, while the women's squad had two athletes reach provisionals and claimed six victories at the Indiana Team Classic.

For the men, sophomore Wes Stockbarger, freshman Mike Morrison, freshman Calvin Smith and the 4x400m relay of junior Bernard Middleton, junior Eric Alberter, sophomore Carlos Phillips and Smith each recorded NCAA provisional marks during the day with Alberter also claiming a victory in the 800m — the first of his career.

On the women's side, junior Natalie Moser and freshman Mariam Kevkhishvili both picked up wins and earned NCAA provisional marks with personal-bests in their respective events, the pole vault and the shot put. Sophomore Jenna Utecht jumped a personal best in the high jump to earn the victory in the event. Senior three-time All-American Nadine Palmer led the way in the running events with wins in both the 60m and the 200m. Junior transfer Lorain McKenzie rounded out the six wins for Florida with her second win as a Gator by running a personal-best in the 800m.

MEN'S TENNIS

Nestor Briceno, Greg Ouellette and Geoffrey Barton were eliminated from the SEC Coaches' Indoor Championship at the Rivercenter Racquet and Health Club in New Orleans:

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