SEC Recap: Florida Sweeps Florida State; Tennessee Wins Two

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida men’s and women’s swim teams continued their rivalry winning streaks against Florida State this weekend.

Stanley Wu led the Gators with two wins and the No. 3 ranked Florida men’s swimming & diving team defeated No. 21 Florida State for the eighth-straight meeting in the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown 170–128.

Khader Baqlah won the 1,000 Free with a time of 9:12.59.

In the men’s 200 Free, Maxime Rooney posted a time of 1:36.89 and finished first.

Bayley Main collected a first-place finish in the 100 Back with a swim of 48.59.

Wu set a new season-best swim with a time of 54.92 in the 100 Breast, which is the 19th-best mark in the NCAA.

Erge Gezmis notched a new season-best time with a swim of 1:48.92 and placed first in the 200 Fly.

The No. 10 ranked Gator women won 177.5-122.5. Mabel Zavaros collected three individual event wins, while Sherridon Dressel and Hannah Burns added two individual wins each.

Leah Braswell won the 1,000 Free with a time of 10:01.00.

In the 200 Free, Zavaros posted a personal-best time of 1:48.28, which is the nation’s 18th-fastest time, and finished first.

With a time of 54.68, Emma Ball won the 100 Back. Sell added a third-place finish with a swim of 55.50.

Burns won the 200 Fly with a season-best time of 2:00.06.

With a season-best time of 22.87, Dressel won the 50 Free.

Dressel added another season-best time in the 100 Free with a swim of 49.72, which is the 17th-best time in the nation.

With a swim of 1:56.85, Zavaros placed first in the 200 Back.

Pearl claimed her first individual event victory when she won the 200 Breast with a time of 2:13.29.

Tennessee sweeps Wisconsin, Purdue

The Tennessee swimming and diving teams stormed past Purdue and Wisconsin in their first road meet of the season on Friday at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.

The Tennessee men (3-1), ranked 15th nationally, won the first five events of the meet and never looked back, winning 12 of 16 competitions en route to defeating No. 24 Wisconsin 204-96 and No. 25 Purdue 200-98.

The 24th-ranked Lady Vols (3-1) won 10 of 16 events behind a three-win performance by junior Erika Brown. Tennessee upended No. 14 Wisconsin 206.5-92.5 and host Purdue 188-111.

Seniors Zhipeng (Colin) Zeng and Taylor Abbott led the way for the Vols with two wins each in the men’s competition. Zeng remained unbeaten on the springboards, taking first on the 1-meter (393.60) and the 3-meter (439.75) springboard events. Abbott swept the distance events, taking first in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:06.15) before winning the 500 freestyle later in the meet in 4:26.16.

Individual winners for the Tennessee men also included: Josh Walsh in the 200 freestyle (1:37.77), Matthew Garcia in the 100 backstroke (47.89), Marc Hinawi in the 200 butterfly (1:49.29), Kyle DeCoursey in the 50 freestyle (20.43), Alec Connolly in the 100 freestyle (44.51) and Matthew Dunphy in the 200 breaststroke (2:00.15). Friday marked the season debut for DeCoursey, the 11-time All-American senior.

For the Lady Vols, Erika Brown took first in the 100 backstroke (53.02), the 100 freestyle (49.43) and the 100 butterfly (52.72). The reigning SEC Swimmer of the Week has won her first seven individual events this season after going 4-for-4 last week against Alabama and Louisville.

Lady Vol winners also included: Trude Rothrock in the 200 freestyle (1:49.43), Meghan Small in the 200 butterfly (1:59.48), Madeline Banic in the 50 freestyle (22.77), Emily Sykes in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.44) and Amanda Nunan in the 500 freestyle (4:51.40).

Georgia sweeps South Carolina

The University of Georgia swimming and diving teams produced a pair of victories against the South Carolina Gamecocks with final scores of 178-111 for the men and 171-124 for the women on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The No. 11 Lady Bulldogs (2-1, 2-1) notched nine first place finishes posted by four swimmers. Sophomore Courtney Harnish and freshman Olivia Carter led for the women with three victories apiece.

The No. 9 men posted 11 first place finishes spread between seven different swimmers. Four men had two first place victories: sophomore Camden Murphy, freshman Andrew Abruzzo, and seniors James Guest and Alex BeMiller.

The Gamecock divers swept all four diving events as Karlee Price took first in both women’s springboard events while Anton Down-Jenkins finished first in both of the men’s events.

Kevin Liu clocked a 49.54 to finish first in the men’s 100 backstroke.

Emma Barksdale swept breaststroke events for third-consecutive meet, just edging out Georgia’s Danielle Della-Torre in both events.

Christina Lappin won the 50 free for the first time this season, reaching a season-best time of 22.85.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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