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#4 Florida Men Top Florida State, 173-123 -- November 19, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 18. THE University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team earned its sixth dual meet win of the season as it topped intrastate rival Florida State by a score of 173-123 on Tuesday night.

The Gators captured 12 of the 16 event titles and won their eighth straight dual meet dating back to Jan. 24, 2004, when Florida defeated Southeastern Conference-foe Alabama 135-94 at the O’Connell Center.

Florida now 6-0 overall, is off to its best start under Head Coach Gregg Troy, and its best overall start since the 1994-95 season. With the win over the Seminoles, the Gators have won eight straight over their rivals and now hold a 46-21-1 mark all-time against Florida State.

Leading the Gators was the trio of freshman Darian Townsend (Montrose, South Africa), junior Nick Borreca (Honolulu, Hawaii) and sophomore Bill Mrazek (Tallahassee, Fla.). Townsend was unbeaten on the day as he recorded three first-place finishes in the 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard freestyle (1:38.83) and 100-yard freestyle (45.00 seconds).

Borreca and Mrazek each added two wins and a second-place finish to give the Gators seven of their 12 wins. The duo teamed up with Townsend and senior Kris Wiebeck (Tampa, Fla.) to win the 400 freestyle relay, while Borecca went on to win the 50-yard freestyle in 20.88 seconds and finish second in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 49.59 seconds. Mrazek claimed the 200-yard breaststroke in a clocking of 2:02.72, while turning in a time of 57.48 seconds to place second in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In addition to swimming a leg on the winning 400-yard freestyle team, Wiebeck took second in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:48.58 behind teammate Brain Hartely (Indianapolis, Ind.), while finishing third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.49 seconds.

Hartley, who won the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:48.23, also claimed the 100-yard backstroke title in a clocking of 50.73 seconds.

The Gators added two event sweeps in the meet, the first coming in the 200-yard butterfly when the quartet of J.B. Walsh (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tim Hughes (Winter Park, Fla.) Grant Wiezorek (Carmel, Ind.) and Tobias Work (Falmouth Mass.) claimed the first four places and then later the Gators snagged the first three spots in the 50-yard freestyle courtesy of the trio of Albert Medrano (Sabadell, Spain), Max Jaben (Overland Park, Kansas) and Matt Coan (Plantation, Fla.).

In the 1000-yard freestyle Florida claimed the top two spots as the duo of Scott Kaufmann (Sparks, Nev.) and Work recorded times of 9:17.73 and 9:19.22 respectively .

Florida divers continue to perform well as Vitor Assuncao (Orlando, Fla.) won both the one and three-meter springboard events with scores of 284.18 and 312.15, while senior Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) totaled 277.88 points to finish second in the one-meter event.

The Gators return to action on Nov. 18-20 as they travel to Atlanta, Ga., to participate in the Georgia Tech Invitational at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.