MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Another day, another record swim for Florida senior Caeleb Dressel at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
On Friday, Dressel set an American record with a 42.80 in the 100 Butterfly. It is his third national title of this meet. Teammate Jan Switkowski placed second with a career-best 44.49.
“Two roommates and seniors who are really on top of it. Jan swam a perfect race, he was really great coming home,” UF coach Gregg Troy said. “It was a different event for him, he has never swam the 100 fly at this level. Caeleb is just really good. I actually thought we might be a tad faster, but he handled things really well.”
In other noteworthy UF finishes Friday, the 200 Medley Relay team of Michael Taylor, Chandler Bray, Mark Szaranek and Dressel finish third in a school record of 1:22.33.
Khader Baqlah finished fifth in the 200 free with a time of 1:31.98 to earn All-America honors. Szaranek won the 400 IM consolation final with a time of 3:37.64 to earn Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
Florida has one final opportunity Saturday, as the meet comes to a close. The team sits in fifth place with 246 points, only six points away from fourth-place NC State. Indiana (325 points) leads the meet and Texas (306) is second.
“It was a good day overall and we are in a good position,” Troy said. “We need to come in tomorrow strong. We have our work cut out for us.”
Softball: Florida continues action at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium this weekend with a three-game series against No. 8 Texas A&M starting at 5 p.m. today.
The Gators (24-3, 4-2 SEC) are coming off a midweek win over USF where Kelly Barnhill (12-1) hurled another no-hitter. Nicole DeWitt ended the game and secured the 9-0 win with a three-run home run, her sixth homer of the season.
Florida and Texas A&M have only met 17 times prior to this upcoming series with the Gators leading 13-4. The last time the two teams met was during the 2017 Women’s College World Series where the Gators downed the Aggies 8-0 in five innings to start their deep run.
This weekend’s series will be broadcast on 92.1-FM/1230-AM and 100.1-FM/900-AM. The games slated for Saturday and Sunday (7 p.m.) will be broadcast on ESPN2 with the series finale airing at 7 p.m. Monday on the SEC Network.
Men’s tennis: At Ring Tennis Complex, the Gators (11-6, 6-1 SEC) earned their third consecutive win when they defeated Mississippi 6-1.
Early in doubles, Ole Miss (9-8, 1-6 SEC) got the better of Florida with leads on two of the three courts. The Gators never panicked and slowly chipped away on courts two and three, while on court one the No. 1 doubles team in the country rolled to a 6-1 win and give the advantage to the Gators. After falling on court two all eyes turned to court three and Chase Perez-Blanco and Oliver Crawford. The pair, ranked eighth in the country, never wavered after the match was tied midway through the match and walked away with a 6-2 win and the double point for Florida.
Florida then picked up singles wins by Crawford at No. 3, Perez-Blanco at court five, McClain Kessler at court six.
Track and Field: At Florida State Relays in Tallahassee, UF had wins by Elisabeth Bergh (women’s 800m, 2:09.35), men’s 4×100 relay (Timpson Jr.-Sawyers, Grant Holloway, Ryan Clark, 39.45), men’s 4×400 relay (Sawyers-Poole-Johnson-Lobo Vedel, 3:05.22), women’s 4×400 relay (Stephens-Manson-Ward-Ghee, 3:34.34), men’s high jump (Jhonny Victor, 2.15 meters, 7-0.5), men’s long jump (Holloway, 8.00 meters, 26-3), women’s long jump (Darrielle McQueen, 6.43 meters, 21-1.25), men’s triple jump (Clayton Brown, 16.40 meters, 53-9.75), men’s shot put (Connor Bandel, 18.76 meters, 61-6.75), women’s shot put (Lloydricia Cameron, 16.52 meters, 54-2.5), men’s discus throw (Bandel, 55.03 meters) and men’s hammer throw (Anders Eriksson, 71.75 meters, 235-4).