SEC Weekly Recap: Florida Swept by Indiana and Texas

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By Dan D’Addona.

It was one of the most anticipated dual meets of the early season.

Florida was coming off a close rivalry win over Florida State. The Gators are ranked No. 3 in the men’s rankings and No. 9 in the women’s poll.

In Saturday’s half of its two-day double-dual meet, the Florida men (1-4) were swept by No. 8 Indiana 204-77 and No. 1 Texas 182-99, with the women (1-4) also losing 183-98 to No. 13 Indiana and 191-85 to No. 7 Texas.

The Gators again swept the 200 IM. Mark Szaranek repeated on the men’s side, touching out at 1:46.48, while Kay Sargent took the title for the women at 2:03.85.

UF’s women swam a different lineup for the 400 free relay, sending out Sherridon Dressel, Amelia Maughan, Elisavet Panti and Kelly Fertel to win at 3:26.31.

In the 200 free, Jan Switkowski‘s time of 1:36.24 passed the NCAA provisional standard. He (1:48.49) and Szaranek (1:46.48) also passed the B-standard in the 200 IM.

Tennessee sweeps North Carolina

Behind 11 individual victories and four relay wins Saturday, the Tennessee swimming and diving team outpaced North Carolina on the second day of the meet for a sweep in the season opener.

The Tennessee men collected eight more wins on the second day of the meet to finish with 14 first-place finishes in a 216-156 victory over the Tar Heels. The Tennessee women won seven events Saturday to end with 12 overall in the 205-167 win.

Junior Sam McHugh led the way with four total individual victories with two of them coming on Saturday. He won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9 minutes, 5.54 seconds, and then took first in the 400 individual medley in an NCAA B-cut time of 3:51.69. He also won the 200 IM and the 200 butterfly.

On the women’s side, senior Colleen Callahan was a three-race winner for Tennessee. After winning the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke Friday, she added a win in the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.15.

Texas A&M sweeps Incarnate Word

The Texas A&M men and women swept Incarnate Word with both teams rolling to 182-105 victories over the Cardinals.

The Aggies were led by newcomers Newcomers logging wins for the men’s team included redshirt freshman Jake Gibbons, who transferred from Yale, in the 1,000 free (9:44.50), freshman Anthony Kim in the 100 backstroke (49.78), freshman Adam Koster in the 100 free (45.69), freshman Mike Thibert in the 500 free (4:42.09), freshman Benjamin Walker in the 400 IM (4:01.60) and freshman Raiz Tjon-A-Joe in the 200 breast (2:06.61).

Women’s squad newcomers winning races were freshman Katie Portz in the 100-yard freestyle (51.46) and 200 free (1:49.73), redshirt freshman Raena Eldridge in the 50 free (23.72) and freshman Kaley Batten in the 3-meter dive (277.70).

It was the return of junior Franko Jonker and senior Ashley McGregor to action after redshirting last season while training for the 2016 Olympic Games. Jonker swept both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes (1:02.24 and 2:14.18), while McGregor was third in the 100 breast and second in the 200 breast.

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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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