Gators swim teams splash past Seminoles


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The No. 1 University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team cruised to a 195-104 victory over in-state rival No. 20 Florida State in the Sunshine Showdown on Friday.

Florida (7-0) would remain undefeated on the season after posting the top times in 13-of-14 swimming events, highlighted by sweeping the top-three swims in the 200, 500 and 1,000 free.

Individually, four Gators would go on to win two individual events, highlighted by new career-best swims by Nikki Miller in the 1,000 free and Kelly Fertel in the 200 fly.

Coming off a sweep in the dives last week against Georgia, Elizabeth Perez posted the top 3-meter score, tallying an overall mark of 339.08. Lauren Snider excelled on the 3-meter board as well, hitting a season-best score of 293.55.

Ashley McCool returned to action and finished in second-place on the 1-meter. The two-time SEC Diver of the Week posted a mark of 300.90.

Men’s swimming

The No. 9 University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team defeated the No. 15 Florida State Seminoles 188-107 in the Sunshine Showdown inside the O’Connell Center on Friday afternoon.

The Gators (6-1) would go on to post the fastest time in all 14 swimming events, including the top-three swims in seven separate individual events.

Throughout the meet, eight Gators would set new personal-bests times or scores.

Individually, Marco Guarente, Clark Beach and Kieran Smith all posted two victories, while Matthew Anderson produced two new personal-best times as a Gator in both distance events.

On the 3-meter, Alex Farrow won the event with a season-best tally of 367.05. The score was just 1.88 from a personal-best. Santiago Morales hit a new personal-best score on the 1-meter with his overall mark of 288.53.