CORAL GABLES, FL, January 9. NO. 3 University of Florida women's swimming and diving team finished Saturday's dual meet against intrastate rival Miami, by taking the top-two times in every event the Gators entered.
The university reported the UF women combined for a team score of 125 before their swimmers were “exhibitioned” for the balance of the match up.
Beginning the meet, Florida pulled away fast and early as the 200-medley relays teams finished in first and second place. The team of Jamie Reid (Orlando), Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfelt, Germany), Candace Weiman (Castro Valley, Calif.) and Mary Uhle (Sankt Ingbert, Germany) finished with a 1:46.01 effort for first. Just five seconds behind them was the 'C' team, consisting of Leah Retrum (Columbus, Ind.), Mandy Huff (Gold Hill, N.C.), Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) and Kim Larson (Longwood), who recorded a team time of 1:51.01 for runner-up.
One, two belong to the Orange and Blue again as sophomore Katie Ball (Cincinnati, Ohio) clocked 10:06.45 in the 1,000-yard free for the top time. Coming in behind Ball was Kristin Gilliam (Gainesville), who recorded a 10:22.43 effort in the race, good for second. Sophomore Laurie Moreau (Largo) captured fourth place, as she swam the distance free in 10:35.25, the fastest clocking of her season thus far.
In the third event of the afternoon, freshman Larson took the lead in the 200 free as she swam 1:54.42, beating teammate Kristen Harris (Holmdel, N.J.) by just under half a second. Larson finished the event in first place, while Harris' clocking of 1:55.05 garnered her a second-place spot. Touching the wall with a 1:57.52, 200-free time was junior Jamie Tannhauser (Seattle, Wash.) for third place, while Moreau clocked a 1:58.62 effort to finish one spot behind Tannhauser.
Senior Christine Woodruff (Orlando) took home first with her 50-free time of 24.55, just in front of freshman Colleen Healy (Cape Coral) who swam 24.59. Third in the event was freshman Samantha Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.) who clocked the 50 in 24.72. Taking the top four spots in the 200-yard IM with solid performances was Weiman (2:02.82), Retrum (2:04.67), Katie McCann (2:06.75) and Natalie Pike (2:08.14), respectively.
In the 200 back, Reid captured the title as the sophomore clocked 2:02.22. Vanderbilt took a third-place seat as her 2:09.12 effort finished her just above senior Katie Kennedy (Ft. Myers), who finished the event with a 2:09.50 clocking. The Gators took the 500 free by storm as well, collecting the top-three times.
Sophomore Ashley Carusone (High Springs) took home the gold as she performed a 5:00.60 effort for Florida. Larson finished just .01 of a second behind her teammate for second place, while Gilliam clocked 5:02.76 for a third-place finish in the 500 free. On the boards for UF, senior Nicole Bolt (Orlando) took home second and third places as she collected 260.90 points on the one-meter board and 282.30 points on the three-meter.
The Gators will return to action on Jan. 21 as the team travels to Auburn, Ala., to compete in their third SEC meeting of the season, the first of the 2005 year. Florida improved its dual meet record to 5-1 in overall play with the win against Miami this weekend. Florida is 1-1 in conference play.