No. 5 women's swimming tops No. 7 Vols


Published: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 12:21 a.m.

Led by two NCAA automatic qualifying times from Sarah Peterson and Jemma Lowe, the No.5-ranked Gator women's swimming and diving team got the best of No. 7 Tennessee on Friday, 174-125, in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Florida moves to 8-1 overall, 4-1 in SEC, while Tennessee drops to 8-2 and 3-2.

Lowe swam to a 1:53.65 in the 200-yard butterfly, punching her ticket to her first NCAA Championship meet. Her victory in the 200-yard fly was one of nine Florida victories against Tennessee in the final SEC showdown of the season for both teams. Lowe additionally tacked on an NCAA provisional mark in the 100-yard fly, also securing the win in 53.27.

Peterson flew to a 52.81 in the 100-yard backstroke, surpassing the NCAA “A” standard in pool-record time. Melani Costa-Schmid won in the 200 (1:47.22) and 500-yard free (4:44.62) events.

Juniors Kristen Beales and Gemma Spofforth claimed the remaining two swimming victories for the Gators, Beales in the 1,000-yard free (9:41.46) and Spofforth in the 200-yard IM (2:00.69).

Junior Kara Salamone led the way for the Lady Gators on the diving front, finishing first in the one-meter competition (312.15) and second on the three-meter board (311.78).

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