2010-11 Swimming & Diving Weekly Notebook (1/19)
Arkansas hosts Houston Fayetteville, Ark. 7 p.m. ET
Auburn hosts Florida Auburn, Ala. 4 p.m. ET
South Carolina at East Carolina Greenville, N.C. 4 p.m. ET
Alabama hosts Florida State Tuscaloosa, Ala. TBA
Georgia at Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 2 p.m. ET
Kentucky hosts Louisville Lexington, Ky. 2 p.m. ET
LSU at Texas A&M College Station, Texas 1 p.m. ET
South Carolina at UNC-Wilmington Wilmington, N.C. TBA
LSU (W) hosts Rice/Tulane/Houston Baton Rouge, La. 6 p.m. ET
Arkansas hosts Drury Fayetteville, Ark. 2 p.m. ET
Florida hosts Tennessee Gainesville, Fla. Noon ET
Kentucky at Cincinnati/Virginia Tech Cincinnati, Ohio 1 p.m. ET
LSU (W) hosts Rice/Tulane/Houston Baton Rouge, La. Noon ET
South Carolina hosts Georgia/Alabama Columbia, S.C. 2 p.m. ET
Vanderbilt at Marshall Huntington, W.V. 2 p.m. ET
The Alabama men’s swimming and diving team (6-0 overall, 5-0 SEC) carried its undefeated streak into the New Year with a 178-122 win over Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., while the Crimson Tide women fell just short of the Wildcats, 152-148. Senior Catalin Cosma, junior Joe Ziegler and freshman Alex Coci led the way for the men with two individual wins apiece. Senior Kate Shannon Gray, sophomore Jenna Gallo and freshman Kristel Vourna also posted two wins each against the Wildcats to lead the Tide women. Alabama returns home next Saturday for Senior Day against Florida State before closing out its regular season the next weekend against Georgia and South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
Arkansas' swim and dive team picked up its first win of the new year with a score of 170-130 Thursday morning over regional rival Kansas, bringing the Razorbacks dual record to 7-2, 2-1 SEC. Jillienne Schilling picked up her first pool record as a Razorback in the 400 IM. Schilling's time of 4:22.73 topped the previous record for the Robinson Center pool set back in 2003.The Razorbacks go on a two-week home stretch and host Houston on Jan. 21 at the Arkansas Natatorium and welcome back-to-back Division II national champion Drury on Jan. 29.
The Auburn swimming and diving team kicked off the New Year with a bang as both the men and women's squads pulled off upsets over visiting Texas. The 12th-ranked women defeated the No. 3 Longhorns, 184-117, Thursday at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The sixth-ranked Auburn men built off the women's momentum and followed with a 125.5-117.5 upset over the defending national-champion Longhorns Friday. The Auburn swimming and diving team caps off the 2010-11 regular season as the team hosts SEC rival Florida Jan. 21 at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The meet is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the Tigers will honor their 11 seniors prior to the meet.
The Auburn women won 12 of Thursday's 16 events in the upset over Texas. Four athletes in senior Micah Martindale, juniors Anna Aguero and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and freshman Emily Bos tallied two wins each to lead the Tigers. Martindale earned wins in the 500 free and the 1000 free as she touched in first in the 500 free with a time of 4:52.28 and recorded a season-best time of 9:54.33 in the 1000 free. Vanderpool-Wallace finished first in the 50 free (22.38) and 100 free (49.05), while Bos won both the 100 back (53.71) and 200 back (1:57.17). Aguero had a solid showing on the boards for Auburn as she captured the one-meter (314.18) and three-meter springboard (337.65) events. Also recording individual first-place finishes was freshman Olivia Scott and sophomore Katie Gardocki as Scott won the 100 fly with a time of 53.38, while Gardocki captured first in the 400 IM in 4:19.56. The Tigers took first in the meet's two relays, opening with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The squad of Bos, junior Micah Lawrence, Scott and Vanderpool-Wallace touched in with a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:39.90. The quartet of Bos, Scott, junior Jenny Von Jouanne and sophomore Hannah Riordan closed the day with a first-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:32.12).
Trailing 113.5-112.5 entering the final event, the No. 6 Tigers solidified the upset as the team of Karl Krug, Marcelo Chierighini, Drew Modrov and Kohlton Norys won the 400 free relay in 2:57.12. That mark was more than two seconds faster than the second-place finishing Texas squad. Auburn opened the meet on top, finishing 1-2 in the 400 medley relay. The quad of Kyle Owens, Adam Klein, Nimrod Hayet and Chierighini finished first in 3:12.91. Jared White, Stuart Ferguson, Adam Brown and Norys came in second in 3:13.89. Brown put together a pair of solid individual performances, taking first in both sprint freestyle events. The senior opened with a win in the 50 free in 19.87 and followed with another victory in the 100 free with a time of 43.62. Redshirt senior Dan Mazzaferro picked up a win as he finished first on the three-meter with 385.95 points.
In an impressive showing of talent and depth, 20 different Florida swimmers and divers combined to capture 27 of the 28 individual events, as the Gators swept Florida Atlantic at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium this past Saturday afternoon. The No. 6 Florida women (4-3, 0-1 SEC) swam past FAU, 178-111, while the No. 5 Gator men (4-2, 2-0 SEC) triumphed over the Owls, 175-114.
The Orange and Blue also swept both relay events (200-yard freestyle and medley), helping extend UF’s unbeaten dual-meet streak against FAU on both sides. Despite eight swimmers and one diver competing this weekend at the SMU Swim Classic in Dallas, Texas, the Gator men bettered their mark to 14-0 all-time against the Owls. The UF women improved to 15-0 all-time against FAU.
Against some of the toughest competition in the country, nine members of the No. 5 University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team finished fourth with 272 points at the annual Southern Methodist University Classic this past Friday and Saturday at Perkins Natatorium in Dallas. Eight of the UF swimmers competing combined to swim nine season-best times, with five of those times marking personal bests.
Georgia split its meets with Texas last Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium. The No. 2 Lady Bulldogs posted a 169.5-130.5 victory over No. 3 Texas, while the 11th-ranked Bulldogs dropped a 135-106 decision to the No. 1 Longhorns. With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-0. Georgia also ran its streak of consecutive victories at home to 73 dating back to the 1995-96 season. Saturday marked the final dual meets of the season for Georgia. The Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs will visit Tennessee on Saturday.
Going down to the final race of the meet, the University of Kentucky women’s 400-freestyle relay team had their backs against the wall. The UK women’s swimming and diving team trailed visiting Alabama 144-139 heading into the final race at the Lancaster Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon. The Cats came through under pressure though, taking first- and third-place in the 400-free relay to win the meet 152-148. The women’s 400-freestyle relay team was Kayla Sergesketter, Jenna Newsome, Kristen Wilson and Mandy Myers. The men’s team fell to No. 17 Alabama 178-122. The women’s 200 medley relay team, and the men’s 200-medley relay team of Ramon Walton, Matt Russell, Jonathan Keltner and Chip Aplin took first place to begin the meet for the Cats. Sergesketter won the 100 and 200 free, and came in second in the 50 free. The women dominated the 100 freestyle, sweeping the race with Sergesketter taking first place, followed closely by Newsome and Chelsea Peterson in second and third, respectively. Kelly Titus, a freshman from Bowling Green, Ohio, finished in second place in the 1,000 free, swimming a career-best time of 10:18.12. Titus also swam to a second-place finish in the 500 free. Chatham Penrod, an Arcanum, Ohio, native continued her impressive senior campaign, leading the Cats to victories in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Lindsey Graessle won the 100 breast for UK with a time of 1:03.49. Graessle topped second place by over two seconds. The Wildcats didn’t win the 100 butterfly, but gained valuable points by capturing second-, third, fourth- and fifth-place finishes. Freshman men’s diver Greg Ferrucci opened the meet Saturday with a victory on the three-meter board for the Cats and a first-place and career-best score of 362.25 on the one-meter board.
The nationally-ranked LSU swimming and diving teams swept the University of Incarnate Word last Saturday on Senior Day in the LSU Natatorium. The 22nd-ranked LSU men (6-4) prevailed, 200-93, while the 23rd-ranked Lady Tigers (10-3) posted a 198-98 victory to secure double-digit dual-meet wins for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Senior Jane Trepp and sophomore diver Rebecca St. Germain led the women’s squad with impressive efforts. Trepp shattered the pool record in the 50-yard freestyle for the third time since last January with a 22.69 clocking, while St. Germain delivered a springboard diving sweep and registered a season-high 308.55 points in the one-meter. Fellow Lady Tigers Audrey Lawson and Sara Haley pitched in with two victories apiece. On the men’s side, divers Brian Gemberling and Daniel Helm emerged victorious in the three-meter and one-meter, respectively with season-high efforts, while senior Luis Gonzalez and sophomore Craig Hamilton each had two victories in swimming. LSU will travel to College Station, Texas, to challenge Big 12 power Texas A&M this Saturday at noon (CST).
South Carolina’s men improved to 7-0 for the first time in program history on Saturday with a 165-135 win at Duke and a 247-41 victory over Queens University (N.C.) in Durham, N.C. The Carolina women moved to 5-4 on the year, defeating Queens 249-24 but falling to Duke 160-140. Despite the women’s loss, there were several high points. Freshmen Rachael Schaffer and Amanda Rutqvist both set pool records at Duke’s Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion, eliminating marks that dated back to the 70s. Schaffer’s time of 4:20.63 broke the 400 IM mark, and Rutqvist’s 2:16.24 broke a longstanding 200 breast record for the Duke pool. In addition, junior diver Courtney Forcucci posted a career-high score of 308.93 in 1-meter diving to win the event, besting defending ACC Champion and All-American Abby Johnston. In the men’s meet, freshman Gerard Rodriguez, sophomore Bobby Cave and junior Chris Kelly each earned a pair of victories in their respective events. Rodriguez helped the Gamecocks dominate the mid-distance freestyle events, while Cave was overpowering in the breaststroke. Kelly took big wins in the 400 IM and the 200 backstroke to help Carolina continue its best start in program history.
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The Commodores will travel to Huntington, W.Va. to look for their first win of the year against Marshall on January 29.