Florida wins double-dual meet
During two-day competition, Gators win 14 out of 20 events
Florida captured the top spot in all but two events during the second day of competition in a double-dual meet against Michigan and Stanford on Saturday. The Gators left Ann Arbor with two victories under its belt and a 5-1 record on the year.
The Gators bested the Wolverines 206-159 and the Cardinals 194-169, to mark the first time since the annual double-dual has taken place in 2008, that the Gators have swam past both competitors in the pool and claimed the top spot. On the weekend, the Gators captured 14 of 20 events.
“I thought that we competed extremely well this weekend, especially after going up against Florida State on Wednesday, and swimming well against them,” explained head coach Gregg Troy. “We went up against two extremely strong teams in Michigan and Stanford – probably some of the best competition we’ve seen all year.”
The two-day meet was swam both long and short course which gave a competitive edge for the Gators.
“It was a unique format, but very nice,” remarked Troy. “Swimming long course on the first day and short course on the second allowed us to see a lot of different looks from our swimmers.”
Jamie Bohunicky opened Saturday’s events with a win for the Gators in the 1,000 free, touching the wall in a personal-best 9:57.69. Fellow junior Sharla Milne finished in 10:05.25 and freshman Lauren Neidigh, who clocked in at 10:14.14, rounded out the top five for Florida in the 1,000 free to take fourth and fifth, respectively.
“Jamie continues to impress me with how well she has done this year,” said Troy. “She has been a key factor for us and just continues to improve every time she gets in the pool.”
U.S. National Team members Elizabeth Beisel and Teresa Crippen finished one-two in the 200 back for the Gators, and help secure the lead. Both Florida swimmers secured NCAA “B” cut times in the event as Beisel finished in 1:56.18 and Crippen in 1:58.71.
Three Gators made their way into the top-five of the 200 back, with freshman Rebecca Rainer securing the lead with a sizzling NCAA provisional “B” time of 2:15.53. Hilda Luthersdottir claimed the runner-up spot when she touched the wall in 2:18.22, while Kirsten Smith took fifth with a 2:20.20 mark.
Crippen secured another provisional time when she finished the 200 fly in 2:00.04 to take first. Anna-Liisa Pold touched in 2:03.32 for fourth-place and rally points for the Gators as the meet came to a close.
In the 100 free, three Gators took sixth through eighth in Alana Pazevic, Kaitlin Frehling and Natasha Fung, with each swimmer finishing just tenths of a second ahead of one another. Pazevic took sixth in 52.25, Frehling finished seventh in 52.35, while Fung backed the Gators with a 52.48 mark for eighth.
The quartet of Sarah Bateman, Bohunicky, Beisel and Crippen secured a “B” cut time of 3:22.83 when they finished the 400 free relay second, just behind Stanford, to close out the meet.