UF roundup: Swimming cruises at home


Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:38 p.m.

Florida used 15 of a possible 16 event victories between the men's and women's teams to maintain a first-place standing on both sides through day two of the Gators' season-opening All Florida Invitational at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

FSU (624) and FAU (431) round out the top three men's teams behind the Gators (837) through the second day of competition, while FSU (512.5) and Miami (445) sit in second and third behind Florida (780.5), respectively, on the women's side.

Florida solidified five individual NCAA ‘B' cuts on the men's side and four in women's swimming action.

A total of 10 Gators won individual event victories Saturday, while the Gators swept at least the top three spots in the men's 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back, while also going one-two in the 100 fly.

Freshman Sinead Russell highlighted the day for the Gators on the women's side with two victories in the 200 free and 100 back, while also contributing to UF's winning efforts in both the 200-yard medley and 800-yard free relays. The Gator women convincingly swept one-through-three in both the 200 free and 100 back individual races.

Florida opened the evening finals session with wins on both sides in the 200-yard medley relay, as the women went one-two in the event, led by a first place finish (1:40.95) from the quartet of Russell, junior Hilda Luthersdottir, freshman Natalie Hinds and junior Kaitlin Frehling. The squad of sophomores Christian Homer and Matt Elliott and juniors Marcin Cieslak and Bradley Deborde cruised to a winning 1:30.17 in the men's medley relay, as UF claimed the top two spots in the event.

On the men's side, the Gators swept first through fourth with a victory from junior Sebastien Rousseau (3:51.15), while sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, junior Connor Signorin and Elliott placed second, third and fourth, respectively, as UF's top three finishers all solidified NCAA ‘B' cuts in the event.

Soccer: The No. 24 Florida soccer team (7-3-1, 4-1 SEC) finishes September competition today at 1 p.m. when Arkansas (5-5-1, 2-2-1 SEC) comes to town. Admission is free and the first 250 kids receive a pair of Gator soccer socks. An autograph session with the 2012 Gators will be held post-match. The match will be broadcast on AM-850.

Both teams posted wins Friday. Three different Gators scored in Florida's 3-1 win over Mississippi. Sophomore Havana Solaun (Buchholz) put the Gators on the board in the 15th minute when she scored off the cross from Taylor Travis.

Fellow sophomore Jillian Graff, making her first start of the season, scored for the second consecutive match with her goal in the 51st minute.

Junior Caroline Triglia gave the Gators some breathing room with her first goal of the season.

Solaun now leads the Gators with four goals while a trio shares second with three goals each — McKenzie Barney, Holly King and Graff.

Cross country: Sophomore Phil Duncan and junior Shelby Hayes each turned in their first-ever event victories donning a Gator uniform, while both clocked collegiate-best times to lead the UF cross country squads to team victories Saturday morning at the Saint Leo Cross Country Fall Invitational .

Florida (17), Tampa (39) and host institution Saint Leo (97) led the way as the top three teams in the women's standings, while UF (34), Florida Tech (40) and Tampa (59) rounded out the top three men's team finalists at the Abbey Golf Course in Saint Leo.

UF placed five runners in the top six on the women's side for a 17-point victory following the squad's first 6K of the 2012 season. Senior Mandy Perkins crossed second behind Hayes, while freshman Shelby Davidson and juniors Brittany Koziara and Sarah Davis crossed the finish line in third, fifth and sixth, respectively. Tampa's Laura Yarrow rallied for a fourth-place overall finish to break up UF's shot at a second-consecutive perfect score, achieved last at the Gators' own Mountain Dew Invite Sept. 15.

Redshirt freshman Harsha Torke scored second while freshman Elliot Clemente turned in a sixth-place finish.

Clemente improved upon his personal-best collegiate 8K mark, dropping from 27:04.93 at the Mountain Dew Invite to 26:57.80 at Saint Leo.

UF distance track runners Dan Wehunt and John Mitchell crossed in ninth and 14th overall, respectively, to score fourth and fifth for UF.

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