UF swimming dominates FAU
Published: Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 11:42 p.m.
Both UF swimming squads were victorious against FAU, each adding another win to its dual meet record. The No. 6 Florida women posted a 159-127 win over the Owls to improve to 6-2 overall (2-1 SEC), while the sixth-ranked men won a 174-123 decision to move to 6-1 (3-0 SEC).
Florida captured every race and diving event of the 32-event meet lineup Saturday, except two that Florida Atlantic claimed on the womenís side. Performances from several freshmen headlined the day for the Gators, while key veterans like junior Kristen Beales led the Gators to their sixth dual meet win.
Beales rallied for two individual victories, her first coming in the 200-yard free (1:50.75) and her second title later in the 400-yard IM (4:20.40).
Sophomore Rebekah Epley followed suit by sweeping both the 100 and 200-yard butterfly races with times of 55.79 and 2:01.35 respectively.
On the menís side, freshman Jose Crescimbeni swam the butterfly leg of UFís winning 200-yard medley relay in addition to capturing two individual victories in the 100-yard back (51.27) and 100-yard fly (50.58). Freshman James Turner took the 50-yard free title for UF in 21.24 seconds.
In other menís action, freshman Robby Kennedy and sophomore Joey Pedraza teamed up in the 100 and 200-yard breast events for one-two finishes. Pedraza took the 100 breast in 58.61, while Kennedy finished second (59.71), but in the 200 breast, Kennedy took the top spot (2:09.26) and Pedraza backed him up in second with a time of 2:11.22.
The Gators also won on the diving board, sweeping both the one-meter and three-meter competitions on the menís and womenís sides. Four different Gator divers walked away with victories Saturday.
Florida will be in dual meet action Jan. 24 when they visit Auburn, Ala., for a conference matchup with the No. 5 Auburn women and the No. 7 Auburn men. The meet will start at noon.
In other news, senior menís swimmer Bradley Allyís NCAA automatic standard Friday and three first-place finishes Saturday, No. 6 Florida rallied for a second-place finish at the Dallas Morning News Classic. The Gators racked up 311 points, falling short to the University of Michigan (346), a team that also edged the Gator men in UFís 2008-09 season-opening meet Oct. 17.
While Michigan and UF claimed the top two spots, host SMU (272) took third, North Carolina (256) came in fourth, and Arizona State (227) and Southern California (223) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
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