Gators earn 21st consecutive dual win with victory against Florida Atlantic
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators won 14 of 16 events, including both relays.
Senior Chris Jones is beginning to return to form after missing most of the fall recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. The senior qualified for the NCAA Zone championships with a season best one-meter total of 325.88.
The Gator swimmers set the tone for the meet with a 1-2 finish in the 200 medley relay. The ‘A’ relay of junior Christian-Paul Homer, junior Ricky Munch, sophomore Luke Torres and junior Matt Curby teamed up to win in a time of 1:31.67.
Junior Arthur Frayler led a Gator 1-2-3-4 finish in the 1000 free. Frayler was five seconds off of the 1000 freestyle mark derived from the nation’s third fastest mile and finished in a time of 9:09.47.
No. 1 Michigan and No. 6 USC at SMU Invitational
DALLAS -- Individual-event wins by senior Connor Jaeger, junior Richard Funk and sophomore Dylan Bosch helped push Michigan to a first-place finish at the SMU Classic on Saturday inside Perkins Natatorium. The Wolverines, who broke five total pool records over the course of the two days, won the event for the fifth time in the last six years, finishing with 333 points, 12 clear of second-place Florida (321 points).
In a showdown of the nation's top two swimmers in the 500-yard freestyle, Jaeger took down top-ranked Cristian Quintero (USC) in the 500-yard freestyle, getting clocked at 4:16.54. Quintero came in with the nation's fastest time in the event, but Jaeger, the defending national champion, outlasted Quintero by nearly one-and-a-half seconds for the pool record and the victory. Jaeger also won the consolation final of the 200-yard butterfly later in the evening (1:46.40).
Funk continued his torrid streak in the pool with a victory in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:54.75), improving on his season-best time. Bosch also picked up an individual-event win, extending his season-long winning streak in the 200-yard butterfly (pool-record time of 1:43.00), beating fellow South African countryman Sebastian Rousseau (Florida). Bosch also took second in the consolation final of the 200-yard breaststroke but posted the third-fastest overall time in the event (1:55.98).
In other races, junior Bruno Ortiz took second in the 100-yard freestyle (43.37), senior Kyle Whitaker claimed third in the 200-yard individual medley (1:45.01), and sophomore Peter Brumm came in fifth in the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.48).
No. 7 Missouri at Iowa, Illinois, Indiana
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mizzou earned a split with Indiana and Iowa on Saturday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Tigers (5-4) defeated Iowa 168-131 and fell to Indiana 173-124. Junior Sam Tierney and sophomore Clark Thomas each claimed event wins to lead Missouri.
The Tigers started off the day with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Mizzou's `A' team of Tierney, seniors Mark Conroy and Logan Mosley and sophomore Max Grodecki defeated the field with a time of 1:28.95.
Tierney claimed first in the 200 breast after a swim of 1:59.53. The win was Tierney's 14th event title of the season, including his sixth in the 200 breast. He also took second in the 100 breast with a time of 55.09.
In the diving well, Thomas continued his strong performance of late with a win on the 1-meter. He tallied 359.6 points to place first, more than 18 points ahead of the next finisher. Additionally, Thomas took third on the 3-meter with 360.0 points.