The Gator men came out of Day 1 of the All-Florida swim meet on top with 367 points Friday at the O’Connell Center. The women are second behind Florida State by one point, finishing Day 1 with 323 points.
Mark Szaranek, Jan Switkowski and Khader Baqlah led the men’s side, each qualifying for three individual events during the finals session. Szaranek and Switkowski both swam in the 500 free final and the 200 IM final, while Baqlah competed in the 50 free and 500 free events.
Switkowski claimed two individual wins on Friday night, posting a time of 4:25.04 in the 500 free and 1:48.93 in the 200 IM.
Caeleb Dressel closed out the individual races for the men, swimming a b-cut time of 19.21 to win the 50 free.
The men swept both relays, with the A team of Dressel, Switkowski, Enzo Martinez-Scarpe and M. Szaranek winning the 200 free relay with a time of 1:19.26.
Dressel and Switkowski then teamed up with Clark Beach and Chandler Bray to win the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:17.13.
On the women’s side, Savanna Faulconer, Sherridon Dressel and Kelly Fertel each participated in two finals. Faulconer and Fertel both swam in the 500 free and 200 IM, while Dressel competed in the 200 IM and 50 free.
Faulconer won the women’s 500 free with a time of 4:52.34 to claim her first individual event win of the season. Fertel, who posted a time of 2:02.42 to win the women’s 200 IM final, followed Faulconer.
Brooke Madden and Alex Farrow were the two top divers on Day 1 of the meet, with Madden scoring a 296.03 on the 1-meter to place second overall for the women. Farrow posted a career-best score of 323.48 on the 3-meter to finish fourth on the men’s side.
The Gators are back in action for Day 2 of the All-Florida Invitational beginning Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
Men’s Tennis: Strong showing for Gators
The Florida men’s tennis team had strong showings at both events that they participated in Friday. In their home event the Gators earned multiple victories in both singles and doubles while at the Ivy-Plus Invite it was senior leadership that paved the path to success.
At the Gator Ranked +1, Florida started strong in their only home event of the fall, earning three doubles victories to advance all five Gators to the semifinals.
Duarte Vale and Alfredo Perez teamed up for an 8-2 win to open the day. The win was Vale’s first as a collegiate athlete. McClain Kessler and Chase Perez-Blanco earned an 8-4 victory and Johannes Ingildsen, who played with Brandon Lancaster of Louisville, won their opening round match 8-7(6).
In singles it was Vale who impressed in his collegiate debut with a 7-5, 6-4 win in round one and a 6-3,6-0 win in round two that put the freshman into the semifinals in his draw.
Kessler and Ingildsen earned first round wins before falling in the second round while Perez lost in the first round but turned it around in round two with a 6-1,6-1 win. Perez-Blanco battled in both of his singles matches, but fell just short losing in three sets both times.
“We played a lot of tennis today and took a lot of positives from it and it was nice to see Duarte start his collegiate career as a Gator,” UF coach Bryan Shelton said. “Our doubles was really good this morning, and our guys combined well to beat some good teams. This tournament is exactly what we need. The competition today was incredible.”
The Gators will be back on the court at 9 a.m. Saturday for the Gator Ranked +1 and 8:30 a.m. for the Ivy-Plus Invite.
At the Ivy-Plus Invitational, the Gators were split up this weekend with Jordan Belga, Stephen Madonia and Andy Andrade going to New Jersey to compete in the Ivy-Plus Invitational that was hosted by Princeton University.
The Gators had a solid showing on the Lenz Tennis Center court on Friday as all three Gators earned at least one win.
Belga showed the senior leadership with a first round win in singles and two wins in doubles. Belga advanced to the semifinals in doubles with his partner, Henry Patten of UNC Asheville.
Andrade and Madonia teamed up in doubles to earn a first round win and advance to the quarterfinals before falling 8-5. The first round victory was the first collegiate win for Andrade.
In singles Andrade was able to advance to the second round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. Madonia fell in his first round match 6-7, 0-6
Cross Country: Gators host Mountain Dew Invitational
The Florida cross country program gears back up for its second meet of the season Saturday at the Mountain Dew Invitational held at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. Admission is free.
This weekend’s invitational, which is in its 29th year, will be the only time that the Gators compete at home this season. After this weekend, UF will close out the regular season at the Florida State Invitational (Oct. 6) before competing at the SEC Championships (Oct. 27).
The two events scheduled, a men’s 8k and women’s 5k, are highlighted by a field of 32 different collegiate programs from Florida and around the southeast.
Earlier this week the Gators announced the high school sections of the meet were canceled due to the damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Irma.
Two weeks ago, the Florida women competed in a 5k dual meet at the North Florida Invitational and prevailed with two first-place finishes. The Gators tallied 15 points against UNF and 24 against Jacksonville University in the season opener.
For the men, this will be their first 8k meet of the year. Previously, the squad competed in a 5k at the UNF Invitational where they defeated Jacksonville by scoring 15 points and trailed UNF with a total of 39 points.
7:55 a.m. – College Men’s 8k
8:30 a.m. – College Women’s 5k
9:30 a.m. – Awards Ceremony