Swimming & diving sweeps IRSC

Published: Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 12:07 a.m.

A solid sweep of Indian River State College kicked off the new year for Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs Saturday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium. The Gators walked away with event victories in all 32 races, 16 each on the men’s and women’s sides. Florida’s sixth-ranked men improved to 5-0 in dual action with a 174-102 win over IRSC, while the No. 7 UF women recorded their sixth dual meet victory of the 2009-10 season by a 168-101 margin.

A school-record performance on the three-meter diving board by senior Kara Salamone started the afternoon off right for the Gators. Salamone, who previously held the school record in the event (346.75), eclipsed her 2008-09 record with a 356.11 performance Saturday against the River. Salamone was approximately two points shy of also taking down her one-meter Florida record with a 316.58 victory in the 1M springboard.

Junior and sophomore women’s divers Monica Dodson and Kaylee Doback each recorded career-best performances on the diving boards as well, Doback finishing third on the one-meter board with a career-best 278.65, while Dodson’s three-meter performance was the best of her career, a second-place 326.41, which downed her previous 315.15.

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