Caeleb Dressel’s Big Day Propels Gators

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Florida (No. 3 men, No. 9 women) knocked off Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee (No. 12 men, No. 13 women) on Saturday. The Gator men won 185-115 and the women knocked off the Volunteers 170-130.

The day started off well for Tennessee. The Volunteers too the top two spots on the women’s 200-yard medley relay. The team of backstroker Kira Toussaint, breaststroker Colleen Callahan, butterflier Madeline Banic and freestyler Faith Johnson won with a time of 1:40.13.

Florida took the men’s race by four-hundredths of a second. The Gator team of backstroker Jack Blyzinskyj, breaststroker Mark Szaranek, butterflier Jan Switkowski and freestyler Caeleb Dressel posted a winning time of 1:26.27.

Dressel picked up three event wins on the day. The U.S. National Team member won the 100-yard breaststroke (53.07), 50-yard freestyle (19.41) and 200-yard individual medley (1:46.40).

Florida’s Natalie Hinds had another big meet. The 22-year-old won the 50-yard freestyle (22.48), 100-yard freestyle (48.72) and finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.07.

Senior Sean Lehane remained undefeated in the 200-yard backstroke on the year. The U.S. National team member posted a time of 1:42.04. Banic had a strong day for the Volunteer women, finishing first on two relays and also taking the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.74. She also took third in the 50-yard freestyle.

The Volunteer women took the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:19.92. The team consisted of Micah Bohon, Harper Bruens, Banic and Johnson.

Florida took the men’s relay. Enzo Martinez-Scarpe, Szaranek, Pawel Werner and Corey Main posted a time of 2:56.65.

Tennessee and Florida both compete next at SEC Championships in Columbia, Missouri.

“We saw some good things out of our men’s and women’s teams today,” Florida coach Gregg Troy said in a press release. “We finished well in close races and put up good performances across the board.”

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