SEC Saturday Recap: Texas A&M Sweeps Missouri; Florida Wins Again

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Lisa Bratton. Photo Courtesy: Dan D'Addona

The top-ranked Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team took down Missouri, 169-118, in dual meet action on Saturday.

It was senior day for the Aggie women’s team and nine seniors were honored before the dual meet — Lisa Bratton (Richland, Wash.), Jorie Caneta (Bakersfield, Calif.), Bethany Galat (Mishawaka, Ind.), Béryl Gastaldello (Miramas, France), Esther Gonzalez (Torreon, Mexico), Kristin Malone (Milwaukee, Wis.), Caitlynn Moon (DeKalb, Ill.), Laura Norman (Keller, Texas) and Jessica Sloan (Magnolia, Texas).

The Aggies’ double winners were Bratton in the 100-yard backstroke (54.11) and the 200 back (1:58.09); Caneta in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.94) and the 200 breast (2:12.11); Malone in the 50 freestyle (23.02) and 100 free (50.15); junior Sydney Pickrem in the 200 free (1:48.12) and 500 free (4:50.33); and freshman Jing Quah in the 100 butterfly (54.05) and the 200 fly (1:57.98).

Tallying solo individual wins were freshman Haley Yelle in the 1,000 free (10:06.60) and junior Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo in the 400 IM (4:16.69).

Missouri’s Kendra Kieser won 1-meter diving (283.51).

Meanwhile, in the men’s meet, No. 9 Texas A&M beat No. 15 Missouri, 169-131.

Winning multiple races for the Aggies were senior Mauro Castillo and sophomore Anthony Kim. Castillo won the 100-yard breaststroke in 54.45 and the 200 breast in 1:59.29, while Kim was victorious in the 100 backstroke in 48.03 and the 200 back in 1:44.78.

Junior Sam Thornton led the way in diving with a victory in the three-meter springboard with a 384.68 point total and a runner-up finish on the one-meter board with a score of 352.58.

Other Aggies winning individual races were sophomore Adam Koster in the 50 free (20.08) and sophomore Ben Walker in the 400 IM (3:54.30).

Missouri’s Jacob Wielinski won the 1000 free (9:17.20). Giovanny Lima won the 200 free in a NCAA “B” cut of 1:37.01. Micah Slaton won the 200 butterfly (1:47.44), a “B” cut and the 100 fly (48.32). Kyle Goodwin won 1-meter diving (366.53). Mikel Schreuders won the 100 free (44.40).

Florida tops Florida Atlantic

A day after sweeping Florida State, the Gators swept Florida Atlantic.

The No. 6 Gator men topped the Owls 179-103 with 11 event victories, while the no. 19 women defeated FAU 180-101 with 11 victories of their own.

The men began the day winning seven events in a row to clinch the victory over the Owls. The men’s 200 medley relay of Michael Taylor, Stanley Wu, Jan Switkowski and Caeleb Dressel got the Gators off to a strong start.

Individual wins by Drew Clark (1000 free), Grady Heath (200 free), Dakota Mahaffey (100 back), Switkowski (100 Breast), Dressel (200 fly), Bayley Main (50 free) rounded out Florida’s seven straight event victories.

On the women’s side, the Gators recorded five straight wins to start the meet, with the 200 medley relay team of Sherridon Dressel, Paige Scheriger, Georgia Marris and Kelsey Dambacher kicking it off.

The relay was followed by individual wins from Kelly Fertel (1000 free), Marris (200 free), Sydney Sell (200 back) and Dani Keymont (100 breast).

Heath (100 free), Ethan Beach (200 back), Mark Szaranek (200 breast) and Khader Baqlah (500 free) made up the rest of the Gator wins for the men.

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