Talia Bates Sprints to Fast Start at Florida Orange and Blue Meet

Talia Bates; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Talia Bates won the 50 freestyle and 100 fly at the University of Florida’s season-opening Orange and Blue Meet, her time in the 50 quicker than the NCAA B cut.

Bates clocked in at 22.71 in the 50 free, just .05 under the B cut. She also won the 100 fly in 54.57, pacing the Orange squad’s 150.5-108.5 victory. Bates was also part of two victorious relays, turning in a flat start 49.84 off the front of the 400 free relay, three tenths from an A cut.

Vanessa Pearl won two events for the Blue squad, taking the 200 individual medley and 200 breast as well as a runner-up finish in the 100 breast. She finished behind freshman Cecilia Porter, who notched the other B cut time of the day at 1:01.69.

Fellow freshmen Katie Mack (100 free) and Amanda Ray (200 fly) also won races.

“It was so awesome to be able to race today in our Orange and Blue meet after a nearly seven-month layoff,” coach Jeff Poppell said. “I thought the women did a fantastic job competing against one another and we completed the entire 14-event dual meet format in just over an hour. Lastly, the meet served as a great first look at our freshmen, whom I feel will make a significant impact to our team this year.”

Postgrad Sherridon Dressel took part as well. The new Cali Condor won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:58.94. She anchored a medley relay with a 22.72 split and split 51.30 off the end of the 400 free relay.

Winners from the Orange and Blue meet:

  • 200 medley relay: Katie Mack, Cecilia Porter, Talia Bates, Chloe Grimme (Orange), 1:41.63
  • 1,000 free: Tylor Mathieu (Blue)/Leah Braswell (Orange), 9:53.20 (TIE)
  • 200 free: Nikki Miller (Orange), 1:50.05
  • 100 back: Celi Guzman (Orange), 55.63
  • 100 breast: Cecilia Porter (Orange), 1:01.69 (B-cut)
  • 200 fly: Amanda Ray (Orange), 1:59.81
  • 50 free: Talia Bates (Orange), 22.71 (B-cut)
  • 100 free: Katie Mack (Orange), 50.72
  • 200 back: Sherridon Dressel (Blue), 1:58.94
  • 200 breast: Vanessa Pearl (Blue), 2:14.43
  • 500 free: Leah Braswell (Orange), 4:54.89
  • 100 fly: Talia Bates (Orange), 54.57
  • 200 IM: Vanessa Pearl (Blue), 2:01.81
  • 400 free Relay: Vanessa Bates, Chloe Grimme, Nikki Miller, Katie Mack (Orange), 3:24.86

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