Roundup: Gators sweep Vols in swimming

Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 12:26 a.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Florida women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams concluded the dual meet schedule with wins Friday over Tennessee at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

In separate duals, Florida’s women took down the Vols, 170-130, while the men won a 164-133 decision.

UF’s seventh-ranked women’s team (10-2, 4-1 SEC) won nine of the 16 individual events. Kara Salamone kept to her winning ways, taking both the one and three-meter diving titles.

Melani Costa-Schmid and Gemma Spofforth each won two swimming events, Costa-Schmid claiming the 200 free (1:47.50) and 500 free (4:48.61) races, and Spofforth, the 100 and 200 back defending NCAA champion, taking home both events.

Eva Lehtonen and Corinne Showalter, Jemma Lowe and Teresa Crippen each won individual events as well, Showalter and Lehtonen swimming to a Gator tie in the 1,000-yard free (9:57.25), Lowe claiming the 200-yard fly (1:59.07) and Crippen taking home the 200 IM title (2:01.05).

In men’s swimming action, the No. 6 UF men (9-0, 4-0 SEC) topped No. 11 Tennessee by way of eight individual event victories.

The Gators were led in event wins by Conor Dwyer, who claimed the 100-yard free (44.49) and 400-yard IM (3:49.86) races. Additionally, distance freestyler Balazs Gercsak walked away victorious in the 1,000 free (9:15.22) and 500 free (4:28.75) and Marco Loughran swam to wins in the 100 back (47.92) and 200 back (1:45.39).

WOMEN’S TENNIS: No. 8 Florida made quick work of BYU in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, earning a 4-0 win at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex Friday.

Florida (3-0) will play No. 31 FIU (3-0) today at 2 p.m. in the second round. The Panthers upset the Mustangs, 4-2 in their first round match.

Florida started quickly, winning the doubles point in 30 minutes, as the Gators No. 1 tandem of Marrit Boonstra and Allie Will upset 18th-ranked MaCall Jones and Megan Price, 8-1, just moments before the No. 3 court wrapped up play with the Gators’ Caroline Hitimana and Joanna Mather blanked Chie Hayasaka and Aubrey Paul, 8-0. Play at the No. 2 position was abandoned once Florida clinched the doubles point.

The Gators won the first set on all six singles court, with Anastasia Revzina, Hitimana and Boonstra able to clock in straight-set victories to secure the 4-0 team win. Friday’s win extended the Gators’ program-record overall win streak to 69 consecutive.

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