UF roundup: Dressel honored, soccer team wins in OT, tennis singles title


Dressel honored by USA Swimming

Florida senior Caeleb Dressel was named USA Swimming’s Athlete of the Year.

The honor comes after of a summer full of records for Dressel, including winning seven gold medals at the 17th FINA World Championships. Dressel tied Michael Phelps’ record for the most gold medals at Worlds, one that Phelps had single-handily held since 2007.

Dressel won the 50m free, 100m free, 100m fly, men’s 400m medley relay, mixed 400m medley relay, men’s 400m free relay and mixed 400m free relay.

The Green Cove Springs native became the first person to win three gold medals in one day at either the Olympics or World Championships and he became the first American male swimmer to claim three individual golds in one Worlds since Ryan Lochte did so in 2011.

Dressel also set two world records and three American records at the championship. He became the third fastest swimmer in the 50m free and his time of 49.86 in the 100m fly is just .04 seconds off Phelps’ world record that has stood since 2009.

The Gators are set to compete at the All-Florida Invitational on Friday-Sunday.

SOCCER: Gators beat Cyclones 2-1 in overtime

AMES, Iowa — For the second consecutive afternoon, late theatrics gave Gator athletics a win.

Yesterday in The Swamp, it was Feleipe Franks’ time-expiring pass to Tyrie Cleveland that gave Florida football the 26-20 win over Tennessee.

Sunday, it was Florida soccer’s turn for a sudden victory.

Freshman Deanne Rose’s golden goal off the perfect pass from Parker Roberts in the 96th minute gave Florida a 2-1 overtime win over Iowa State (2-6-1) at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

UF (7-1) knotted the score at 1-1 in the 56th minute off a corner kick. Rose was able to tuck in the ball through the near post scrum off the low kick from Gabby Seiler.

Rose’s golden goal in the 96th minute started with the Gators driving through the Cyclone half. Roberts received the ball above the box and took a few touches before sending a diagonal through ball ahead. Rose caught up and one-touched the ball in from seven yards to the far post.

“It was just one of those grind-it-out Sunday games,” UF coach Becky Burleight said. “Different surface, tough turnaround – I think our team handled it better than on the Seattle trip so from that point of view, I think we grew.”

The Gators continue road play at No. 22 Texas A&M (4-2-1, 0-1 SEC) at 7 p.m. Thursday (SEC Network).

Women’s tennis: Anna Danilina captures singles title

Newport, RI/Cary, NC— The Gators won all three singles matches they played during the final day of action at the prestigious Hall of Fame/ITA Grass Court Invitational, highlighted by senior Anna Danilina capturing the singles title Sunday.

Danilina is ineligible for the USTA wildcard, as the only stipulation was that the winner had to be American to earn the wildcard. Finalist Jessie Aney from North Carolina will earn a wildcard into the qualifying draw of a $25,000 pro circuit event.

Danilina, ranked No. 15 in the country, defeated the 22nd-ranked Aney in a three-set thriller, 6-7, 6-1, 10-7.

Senior Josie Kuhlman earned third place with an even more dramatic finish, downing Princeton’s Katrine Steffensen, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (15-13). Freshman Katie Kubicz rounded out the event with a 7-6, 6-4 win against LSU’s Kennan Johnson.

At the Duke Bonk Invite, senior Brooke Austin dropped a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5) decision to Duke’s No. 57-ranked Kaitlyn McCarthy in the championship match.