Florida Swimming Sweeps Florida State

Florida swept Florida State. Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

The No. 1 University of Florida swimming and diving team cruised to a 195-104 women’s 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.


Series History

This year marked the 47th contest between Florida and Florida State.

With the 195-104 win, Florida now leads the all-time series 44-3 and has won the last 11 meets in the Gainesville.

Last season, Florida handed FSU their only loss on the year as the Gators came out victorious by a tally of 177.5-122.5.

From 1972-2007, UF won 33 consecutive meets.

Gator Splashes

  • Taylor Ault was one of four Gators to post two event wins today as the sophomore won the 200 and 500 free. Talia Bates, Kelly Fertel and Sherridon Dressel also joined her as the other Gators to post a pair of individual victories. Bates won the sprint events with Fertel winning the 200 fly and breast. Dressel was able to come away with a B-cut in the 100 back and the top swim in the 100 fly.
  • Freshmen Kathleen Golding and Tylor Mathieu finished behind Miller’s personal-best effort in the 1,000 free. Golding was right behind Miller as she touched the wall in the 10:01.61 while Mathieu rounded out the top-three with her time of 10:08.19.
  • Golding and Mathieu shined in additional events in the dual. Golding won the 200 IM with her swim of 2:02.65, barely missing her top time set in the opening week of the season. Mathieu would go on to post a personal-best in the 500 free later in the meet, finishing in 4:53.28, four seconds faster than her previous best.
  • Rosie Zavaros notched a B-cut in the 200 back for the second straight meet as she won the event with an effort of 1:55.80. Savanna Faulconer posted a third-place finish behind her.
  • Sophomore Leah Braswell competed in some different events in today’s dual, posting runner-up finishes in the 200 free behind Ault and 200 IM behind Golding.
  • Bella Garofalo posted a second-place and third-place finishes in the sprints behind Bates. Garofalo finished runner-up in the 100 free with a time of 50.27 and third-place in the 50 free with her time of 23.22.


Florida swimming wins men’s meet

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

Series History

The Gators and Seminoles have a long history against each other, as this year’s meet marked the 83rd all-time meeting between the two programs.

With the win, the Gators improve their record against their in-state rival to 59-23-1 and are currently on a nine-meet win streak.

The Seminoles last defeated UF in 2010-11 in Tallahassee by a final score of 184-116. The other loss since 2000 came in 2006-07 at Florida State.

Gator Splashes

  • Clark Beach was one of three Gators to post a pair of individual victories as the junior posted a the fastest 200 IM of 1:48.99, a new personal-best. In the 200 free, he would go on to win the event after hitting the wall in 1:38.28.
  • The other two Gators to win multiple events were SEC Swimmer of the Week Kieran Smith and Marco Guarente. Smith picked up victories in the 100 and 200 back. In the 100, Smith would secure a B-cut in personal-best fashion. Guarente would sweep the breast events.
  • The 1,000 free featured new personal-best times for Brennan Gravley and Matthew Anderson. Gravley crushed the field, hitting the wall in 9:06.64. Anderson finished in 9:17.57. Drew Clark rounded out the top-three finishers with his swim of 9:20.18.
  • The top-three finishers in the 200 fly were all Gators. First-place was captured by Kevin Vargas (1:49.50) with Robert Finke (1:50.39) and Jake Adcock (1:50.98) hitting the wall right behind him. Adcock’s time set a new career-best swim.
  • Eric Friese‘s win in the 100 fly increases the win total on the season to six events.
  • Friese’s classmate Alfonso Mestre registered his second-career event win after posting the fastest time in the 500 free (4:27.21).
  • Will Davis led the way in the 50 free with his swim of 20.17, followed by Isaac Davis right behind him in a time of 20.53. Friese rounded out the top finishers with his swim of 20.61.

Relay Magic

Florida posted top times in both relays.

In the 400 medley relay, the team of Dakota Mahaffey, Guarente, Friese and Smith would notch a combined swim of 3:14.4.

The final event, the 200 free relay, saw UF’s relay of Will Davis, Smith, Friese and Isaac Davis come out victorious with their combined swim of 1:19.40.

The relay of Viktor Toth, Jack Szaranek, Dillion Hillis and Lucas Kravchenko posted a combined swim that was just .28 seconds from a runner-up bid.

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