Georgia Swimmers Improve Times At Last Chance Meet
ATHENS, Ga. --- Several Georgia swimmers improved their provisional qualifying times on Saturday during the Bulldog Last Chance Meet at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The NCAA Championships will be held later this month in Indianapolis, and the Last Chance Meet affords swimmers a chance to post times that are automatic (A cuts) or provisional (B cuts) for the NCAAs.
The Bulldogs made the most noise in the men's 200-yard freestyle. Jameson Hill improved his B-cut time to 1:35.57 and Martin Grodzki moved his to 1:37.57, while Conor Sweeney and Will Freeman recorded B-cut times of 1:35.57 and 1:37.98, respectively. Freeman already has an A-cut time in the 1,650-yard freestyle.
Nic Fink, who already is automatically qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke, improved his B-cut time in the 50-yard freestyle to 20.17. Matias Koski, who is going in the 500-yard freestyle, upped his B cuts in the 100-yard butterfly to 48.15 and in the100-yard backstroke to 48.11.
Other Bulldogs improving their B-cut standings included Garrett Powell in the 500-yard freestyle (4:20.38), Ty Stewart in the 100-yard butterfly (47.66) and the 100-yard backstroke (47.68), Derek Onken in the 400-yard individual medley (3:48.43) and Matt Ellis in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.94).
In a time trial, the Lady Bulldogs' Courtney Peters posted a B-cut time of 1:56.74 in the 200-yard butterfly. Also, the Lady Bulldogs upping their B-cut standings were Brittany MacLean in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.66), Kelsey Gaid in the 500-yard freestyle (4:44.91), Meghan Faulkner in the 400-yard individual medley (4:14.01), Lauren Harrington in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.16) and Megan Molnar in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.74).
Bechtel, Gerotto Improve Times at Last Chance Meet
ATHENS, Ga. – Lucas Gerotto and Christina Bechtel highlighted the first day of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet with improved times in each of their top events, as they make a final push for the 2013 NCAA Championships. Each moved up in the UK record books as well with their performances Saturday.
After breaking two school records at the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend, Gerotto broke his own record Saturday evening as he looks to return to the NCAA Championships for consecutive seasons. Looking to improve his time in the 100-backstroke to increase the likelihood of his qualifications for NCAAs, the junior trumped last week’s time and career-best 47.28 with a new time and program-best 47.19.
Bechtel also took a step forward as she looks to earn her first career appearance at the NCAA Championships. Coming off her career-best swim in the 100-butterfly with a 53.38 at the SEC Championships, the sophomore moved into the program’s top two in the event, tapping in at 52.62 earning a ‘B’ cut standard time and greatly improving her chances to compete at NCAAs in two weeks.
In the men’s 200-medley relay time trial, the team of Ramon Walton, George Greenhalgh, Gerotto and Heidler earned a ‘B’ cut time as well, racing to a 1:27.37 time.
Several Gators Swim Provisional Times at Last Chance Meet
ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Florida swimming and diving teams competed in the first night of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet Saturday as they sent 26 swimmers who were looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Molly Dubrasky (Estero, Fla.) came in second in the women’s 500 free with a NCAA “B” time of 4:46.11 and fellow sophomore Savannah Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.) took fifth in the event with a time of 4:52.45.
On the men’s side, sophomore Austin Manganiello (Miami, Fla.) dropped six seconds off of his season-best time as he finished in a NCAA “B” time of 4:20.51 during the prelims and took first in the finals. Freshman Justin Kaisrlik (Clermont, Fla.) touched third in 4:25.83, sophomore Thomas Veale (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) as sixth with a time of 4:27.40 and sophomore Billy Silva (Gainesville, Fla.) was eighth and recorded his best time of the day 4:26.33 during prelims.
The 200 IM saw several Gators, as sophomore Natasha Fung (Edmonton, Canada) clocked in first with a NCAA “B” time of 1:58.80 to win the event. Sophomore Summer Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) finished in 2:01.77 and freshman Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) swam a time of 2:01.84. Also swimming for times was sophomore Rebecca Rainer(Richmond, Va.) who touched in a NCAA “B” time of 2:00.56 and freshman Sierra Kuhn (Verona, Wis.) finished in 2:01.92.
Just missing a NCAA “B” cut was sophomore Austin Ringquist (Hillsboro, Ore.) who touched first with a time of 1:49.21 in the 200 IM. Sophomore Ricky Munch (Clifton, Va.) finished in a time of 1:50.29.
Two Gator women swam the 50 free, with junior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) finished eighth in 23.38 and sophomore Shelby McLean (Orlando, Fla.) was 18th with her time of 24.14. Then sophomore Luke Torres (Miami, Fla.) in his personal-best 20.62, junior Levar Goossen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) swam a 20.69 and senior Rodion Davelaar(Willemstad, Netherlands) clocked in at 24.79.
Florida grabbed several NCAA “B” times in the 400 IM. Rainer finished second with a time of 4:12.66, sophomore Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) finished fourth in a time of 4:14.70 and sophomore Lauren Neidigh (Orange Park, Fla.) swam her season-best time of 4:16.99. Napier added a time of 4:24.57 for the UF women.
Freshman Adam Bull (Dallas, Texas) also had a NCAA “B” time in the 400 IM as he finished fifth in a time of 3:51.70, sophomore Harrison Curley (Winter Park, Fla.) swam his season-best time of 3:55.23 and Silva finished in 4:01.88.
In the women’s 100 fly, Kuhn was fifth with a time of 54.68 and Frehling took sixth in 54.80. Also in the event was Stephens who finished in 56.07, McKnight clocked in at 56.05, McLean in a time of 57.51 and Roy in 56.58. Goossen was the only male for the Orange and Blue as he clocked in at 49.91.
The Gators had six swimmers compete in the 200 free. The three women included Roy with her time of 1:48.89, Dubrasky had her best time of 1:48.80 in the prelims and Fung finished in 1:48.81. Then the men were sophomore Colin Hamilton(Jacksonville, Fla.) who swam a NCAA “B” time of 1:37.40, Ringquist finished in 1:38.06 and Kaisrlik touched in 1:39.71.
Senior Sarra Lajnef (Tunis, Tunisia) was the only female Gator in the 100 breast, as she clocked in with her season-best and NCAA “B” time of 1:02.40. Munch added a “B” time for the men after finishing in 53.84 and Davelaar also had a NCAA “B” time after stopping the clock at 55.31.
In the 100 back, McLean was the lone Gator as she clocked in at 57.32. Sophomore Christian Homer (Trinidad & Tobago) recorded a NCAA “B” time of 48.40, Manganiello finished in 48.53, Curley swam a 49.67 and Hamilton a 50.26 for the men.
Then in the time trials, several Gators looked to improve on their times. Freshman Ryan Rosenbaum (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) swam a NCAA “B” and personal-best time of 3:47.55 in the 400 IM and Silva improved upon his time earlier in the day finishing in his season-best and NCAA “B” time of 3:51.22.