UF roundup: Florida splits dual swim meet
Published: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:20 a.m.
The No. 2 Florida men's swimming and diving team completed a perfect dual meet season for the third consecutive year with a 179-121 win over No. 18 Tennessee on Senior Day for the Volunteers.
The eighth-ranked Florida women (5-3, 3-2 SEC) dropped a nail biter to No. 12 Tennessee (8-1, 4-1 SEC).
The UF men's team (8-0, 5-0 SEC) dominated the meet with wins in 10 of the 16 events. The Gators were led by senior Brad deBorde, who swept the sprint events and led off the first-place 400 freestyle relay.
Senior Alexandra Cercone became the 26th UF player to win 100 career singles matches as she also provided Florida's clinching dual match victory in a 7-0 decision against No. 19 Baylor at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center on Saturday.
The second-ranked Gators took control from the start of the doubles matches, winning on courts one and two to secure a quick 1-0 lead before sweeping the match.
At Los Angeles, Florida suffered its first defeat of the season, falling 4-1 to No. 2 UCLA in the first match of the Pac-12/SEC Showdown, hosted by Southern California.
The Gators will face the host Trojans today at 4 p.m..
Florida (3-1) fell behind UCLA (4-0) in doubles early and also struggled in singles play as Spencer Newman, UF's No. 1, had to retire due to an injury midway through the first set.