UF roundup: Swim and dive teams sweep Georgia



Gator men down Dawgs

ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 3 Florida men’s swimming & diving team defeated No. 9 Georgia 166-132 on Friday. Maxime Rooney led the Gators with two individual event wins and a relay victory.

The Gators finished first and second in the 200 Medley Relay to set the tone early. Kacper Stokowski, Chandler Bray, Rooney and Will Davis placed first with a time of 1:27.33. Bayley Main, Marco Guarente, Isaac Davis, and Christoph Margotti finished in second with a swim of 1:28.42.

Other top finishes for UF: Khader Baqlah, Freeman and Grady Heath swept the podium in the 200 Free. Baqlah posted a time of 1:35.96. Freeman notched a swim of 1:38.15. Heath finished with a season-best time of 1:38.20 and helped Florida extend its lead to 38-17. Stokowski set an NCAA B Cut time of 46.76 and won the 100 Back with the second-fastest swim in the NCAA. Rooney won the 50 Free with a season-best time of 20.24. Baqlah won the 100 Free with a time of 44.19. Florida added another sweep in the 200 Back. Clark Beach led the field with a season-best time of 1:45.78 Corredor claimed the top spot in the 500 Free with a time of 4:22.27. Rooney added a first-place finish in the 100 Fly with a personal-best swim of 47.79.

Florida women win

ATHENS, Ga. — For the first time in 25 years the Florida women’s swimming & diving team defeated Georgia in Athens. Vanessa Pearl led the No. 9 Gators past the No. 11 Bulldogs, 158-142, with two individual event wins and a relay victory.

With Georgia leading 133-131, Hannah Burns, Pearl, and Kelly Fertel swept the 400 IM and put the Gators back on top 147-136, with one event remaining. Burns posted an NCAA B Cut time with a 4:12.37.

Bella Garofalo, Sherridon Dressel, Mabel Zavaros and Fertel sealed the victory for the Gators as they won the 400 Free with a time of 3:20.28.

Florida jumped out to an early lead after Emma Ball, Pearl, Dressel, and Garofalo started the meet with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:40.04. In the 100 Back, Ball posted a time of 54.01 and placed first. Pearl won the 100 Breast with a personal-best swim of 1:01.77. Garofalo and Dressel closed the gap to 71-60, after they finished first and second in the 50 Free. Florida managed to gain some ground after Mabel Zavaros won the 200 Back. Pearl won the 200 Breast.

Madden came up big for the Gators with a win in the 1-meter.


UF’s Pascoe wins race

AUBURN, Ala. — Jessica Pascoe earned the Gators first SEC Individual title since 2009. She helped the Florida women’s cross country team to a second place finish at the SEC Championships behind Arkansas.

Pascoe won the 6K race by five seconds (18:54.47).

Ole Miss won the men’s race, while Arkansas’ Gilbert Boit claimed the men’s individual 8K title with a time of 22:20.02. UF men finished eighth.


  1. Congratulations to All, especially the swimming and diving teams. It’s really been 25 years since winning in Athens? Wow, I would think the UAA would have been on top of that way before now. A head scratcher…

  2. Nassau-The Georgia women have won 7 national titles since 1999. The Atlanta area is also a hotbed for swimming talent, The football facilities are not the only ones that have been left in the dust by other sec schools. The UF pool was built along with the o’connell center. In the recent remodel of the o dome the pool received a new score board (wow). Plus the pool was walled off and isolated from the basketball arena. The UAA has not been on top of swimming needs for many years. IMHO

    NCAA National Team Championships
    The Georgia women’s team has won 7 NCAA National Championships

  3. congrats to Ms. Pascoe. UF geographically is geographically handicapped in cross country. it’s a sport where elite athletes traditionally train at high altitudes. while mountainous Arkansas is a traditional power, UF does not generally attract the top cross country athletes for that reason. huge accomplishment to win at SECs.