GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida returned from a six-week competition hiatus to sweep Florida State in front of an overflow crowd on Saturday at the O’Connell Center. The fifth-ranked Florida women (3-2, 2-1 SEC) took down No. 23 FSU (6-2) by a total of 153-147.
The gator women finished strong with wins in the 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 100 butterfly. A second place finish in the 200 free relay clinched the final score for the Orange and Blue.
Senior Elizabeth Beisel swept the backstroke events and completed a grueling back-to-back double with a second place finish in the 200 breaststroke immediately after winning the 200 back. Senior Hilda Luthersdottir posted wins in both breaststroke events and swam the breaststroke leg of the first place 400 medley relay. The Gator distance group swept the 1000 freestyle with a 1-2-3-4 finish behind senior Alicia Mathieu.
No. 2 Stanford 154, No. 9 Texas 146
AUSTIN, Texas -- Stanford started the 2014 calendar year with a 154-146 win against No. 9 Texas on Saturday afternoon. The meet came down to the last event when the Cardinal won the 400-yard freestyle relay to produce the eight-point edge.
“It was fun to race a strong Texas team today,” head coach Greg Meehan said. “Coming off our training camp, we didn't get out to a good start through the front half of the meet, but we rebounded really well. Meets in early January are more about toughness than going fast and I thought both teams worked through that today.”
Stanford, which traveled from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., held a 143-140 lead before the 400 free relay, meaning that the winning relay team would clinch the victory for its squad. Maddy Schaefer, Felicia Lee, Julia Anderson and Lia Neal put together a 3:18.98 and beat Texas’ best group by almost 2.5 seconds.
No. 4 Georgia 186, NC State 113
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia swept NC State on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The No. 4 Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-0 with a 186-113 victory and also extended their own all-sports school record with their 87th consecutive win at home.
Amber McDermott won three times for the Lady Bulldogs, taking the 200 backstroke in 2:01.13, the 1,000 freestyle in 9:58.68 and the 400 individual medley in 4:21.47.
Annie Zhu was a double winner, sweeping the breaststroke races in 1:03.23 and 2:16.33. Brittany MacLean won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.21. Rachel Zilinskas claimed the 500 freestyle as she stopped the clock in 4:50.80. Melanie Margalis went 55.39 to win the 100 butterfly.
Laura Ryan took the 1-meter springboard with 315.30 points and Ann-Perry Blank won the 3-meter board with 327.05 points.
The 200 medley relay of Olivia Smoliga, Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem placed first in 1:41.46.