UF Roundup: Weather has Gators softball playing two today


Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:39 p.m.

The schedule for this year's Aquafina Invitational at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium has been adjusted due to the potential of unfavorable weather conditions for the weekend.

The top-ranked Gators (6-0) were originally scheduled for their home opener today at 6 p.m. against Northwestern State, but due to the new Aquafina Invitational schedule layout, the team will play their first home game of the season a few hours earlier. Florida will now play back-to-back games today with the first contest scheduled at 3:45 p.m. against Florida A&M University. UF will then take on Northwestern State in the following contest with the same original 6 p.m. start time.

On Saturday, when the weather is projected to have its most profound effect, the Gators game against Maryland has now moved up to a 11:15 a.m. start time with the following contest against Northwestern State projected to start at 1:30 p.m. Florida's final game of the schedule will remain at 11:15 a.m. Sunday with a solo contest against FIU.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Gators drop home game to Missouri

Missouri defeated Florida 74-67 in a SEC women's basketball game Thursday at the O'Connell Center.

The Tigers improved to 18-9 overall and 8-5 in the SEC, while Florida is now 13-13, 4-9.

Ronni Williams led the Gators with 17 points, while Delicia Washington and Haley Lorenzen followed with 16 points each.

Florida plays at Kentucky starting at 1 p.m. Sunday (SEC Network).

SWIMMING & DIVING

Gators capture two more SEC titles

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Florida added two more trophies to its shelf Wednesday night at the second day of SEC Championships, both from fast swims. After Wednesday night's action, the Gator men move to first in the team standings with 486.5 points, and the women stay steady at seventh with 238 points.

The first title of the night came from Caeleb Dressel in his signature 50 free event. Dressel entered the race as the defending conference champion and threw down an 18.46.

In the men's 200 free relay, Dressel, Martinez-Scarpe, Jan Switkowski and Jack Blyzinskyj combined to win in an A-cut 1:15.67. Martinez-Scarpe led off, followed by Dressel, who would give Florida a lead it would not relinquish. That win marked the Gators' second-consecutive title in the 200 free relay and a new school record.

Mitch D'Arrigo, the SEC's 500 free champion back in 2015, fought hard to gain ground late in the event tonight. He ultimately placed second with an A-cut 4:12.71, earning a silver medal for Florida.

Mark Szaranek and Jan Switkowski also won spots on the podium in the 200 IM. Szaranek finished as the runner-up by a slim .02 seconds, clocking an A-cut 1:41.30. Switkowski finished with a bronze medal in a time of 1:42.25. Alex Lebed swam in the A-final as well, placing seventh with a B-cut time of 1:44.89.

In an early final Thursday, freshman Maxime Rooney won the 200 free in 1:32.18 for the Gators.

CORRECTION

It was the Eastside girls lacrosse team which beat Newberry on Wednesday. A headline in Thursday's section read otherwise.

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