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    Saturday SEC Swimming And Diving Roundup

    Florida Swimming & Diving Sweeps Auburn on Senior Day

    Gainesville, Fla. - The second ranked Florida men (7-0, 4-0 SEC) and eighth ranked Florida women (5-2, 3-1 SEC) relied on the 2014 senior class to sweep No. 10 Auburn men (2-3, 1-0 SEC) and No. 12 Auburn women (3-2, 1-1 SEC) in front of an overflow crowd at the O'Connell Center on Saturday. Florida men won the meet 180-117 while the women topped the Tigers 173.5-124.5.
    UF women won 12 of 16 events, including a split of the relays and a sweep of the diving events. The Gator men won 11 events and swept both relays. Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) paced the women with a trio of wins in the 200 backstroke (1:55.21), 200 butterfly (1:57.82) and 200 individual medley (1:59.20). All three of Beisel's swims broke the NCAA 'B' standard. Senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) led the men and had his hand in four wins, touching first in the 100 fly (47.68) and 200 freestyle (1:36.92) and swimming on the first place 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.
    The Gator distance group proved to be the difference maker as the unit swept both the men's and women's 500 free and 1000 free. Sophomores Ryan Rosenbaum (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) recorded the country's two fastest times this year in the 1000 free, 9:02.19 and 9:02.22, respectively. In diving, sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) posted a pair of wins on one-meter (304.42) and three-meter (320.10).
    With the meet in hand, the Gators capped off senior day with both a women's and men's comeback in the 400 freestyle. Both senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) sent the crowd to their feet by overcoming deficits in the final 100 yards.
    Sounds Bites:
    "This group has had a huge impact on the program. You could see today the number of events that the senior class won. They instilled in the whole group the expectation that you are going to put your hand on the wall first. If you aren't, you're going to race really tough to make other people beat you. It has become contagious in our program and is a tribute to the way they have competed in their four years here."- Head Coach Gregg Troy on the senior class.
    "We raced well. We had a fantastic atmosphere with a packed house for senior day. It was great for the seniors to have a big crowd here for their last time.  All of them swam well and took a lot of pride in what they did. There were a lot of close races against a good opponent. It was a great way to finish off a dual meet season."- Troy on the senior day atmosphere
    "There were some real close relays, especially at the end when you had two seniors anchoring victories on both the men's and women's relays. The meet was over at that point and it could have been anticlimactic, but we swam the races to win. To get a little bit behind on the last fifty yards and come back for the win shows a lot of character."- Troy on the Gators pulling out wins in the 400 freestyle relay
    "A lot of emotions. I started off crying when we saw all of the pictures. I ended up smiling because we won. It was a great day. It's so cool that a lot of people came out for us. It means a lot to all of us. I think today was a good marker for where we are because we're not rested, but we're also not really tired. Going into SEC's, we know where we are and what we need to do. It was a good meet for us today."- Senior Elizabeth Beisel on the meet today and the atmosphere
    "For the guys, we're very close with each other. Today we did a great job as a team to get the win. Celebrating with the team at the end was a super emotional moment for me. I'm going to miss all of this a lot."- Senior Marcin Cieslak on his last time competing at home
    Series History: All-time in dual meets with Auburn, Florida men hold a 19-15 lead and Florida women hold an 18-14.
    Men's Dual Streak: The Gator men have now gone 22 straight dual meets without dropping a dual, a record that dates back to Jan. 21, 2011. Auburn defeated UF that day by a margin of 167-133.
    We're On TV: Sun Sports will air a 60-minute show of the meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2. The meet will air again that same Sunday at 9:30 p.m. and the following Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9:30 a.m.
    What's Next: The Gators competed in the third of four duals in the final tune up before the start of the Southeastern Conference Championships on Feb. 18. Florida returns to action next weekend as the Gators head to Knoxville, Tenn., for the season ending dual against Tennessee.

    Georgia Sweeps Tennessee

    ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming and diving teams swept SEC rival Tennessee on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
    The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs ousted the No. 15 Lady Volunteers 177.5-114.5, improving their season record to 9-0-1 (4-0-1 SEC) while Tennessee falls to 7-1 and 3-1 in the SEC. The No. 12 Bulldogs defeated the No. 18 Volunteers 161.5-135.5 and now sit with an 8-2 overall mark with a 4-1 record in the SEC. Tennessee falls to 5-3 and 3-1 in SEC competition.
    “I think everybody did their job, and that’s what we’re all about,” Senior Associate Head Coach Harvey Humphries said. “Every one of these meets is an opportunity to do better. I think we did that today.”
    Brittany MacLean pulled Georgia to an early lead by posting winning times in back-to-back events. MacLean finished with a time of 9:36.85 in the 1,000 freestyle. She turned around to swim the 200 freestyle, touching in at 1:46.93. Melanie Margalis was also a double winner for the Lady Bulldogs. She finished with a time of 59.82 in the 100 breaststroke and 1:55.56 in the 200 backstroke.
    Other winners for the Lady Bulldogs were Olivia Smoliga, Hali Flickinger, Maddie Locus, Shannon Vreeland, Amber McDermott, Lauren Harrington and Nicole Vernon. Smoliga went 54.13 to win the 100 backstroke. Flickinger claimed the 200 butterfly as she stopped the clock at 1:58.51. Locus touched in at 22.67 to take the 50 freestyle, and Vreeland posted a time of 50.04 in the 100 freestyle. McDermott went 4:46.56 to finish first in the 500 freestyle. Harrington touched in at 53.80 to take the 100 butterfly. In the 400 individual medley, Vernon claimed the victory with her time of 4:12.98.
    The 200 medley relay team of Smoliga, Margalis, Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem placed first at 1:38.39. Vreeland, Margalis, Locus and Smoliga touched the wall at 3:21.47 to finish first in the 400 freestyle relay.
    Ann-Perry Blank took the women’s 3-meter diving with a score of 342.38. Laura Ryan posted the highest score of 323.25 on the 1-meter springboard.
    The Lady Bulldogs extended their all-sports home win streak to 88 consecutive dual-meet victories. The record dates back to 1996 and accounts for dual meets won in Gabrielsen Natatorium. 
    Chase Kalisz was a triple winner for the Bulldogs, while Matias Koski claimed two wins for Georgia. Kalisz went 1:46.13 in the 200 butterfly, 1:58.87 in the 200 breaststroke and 3:49.65 in the 400 individual medley. Koski took the 200 and 500 freestyle with times of 1:38.54 and 4:29.17, respectively.  
    Andrew Gemmell claimed the 1,000 free, stopping the clock at 9:10.69. Nicolas Fink won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.59. In the 100 butterfly, Pace Clark went 48.54 to finish first.
    The relay team of Taylor Dale, Fink, Doug Reynolds and Michael Trice’s time of 1:28.09 was enough to edge out Tennessee and win the 200 medley relay. 
    The Georgia swimmers and divers will return to action on Feb. 1 to face Alabama on Senior Day. The meet will begin at 11 a.m. in Gabrielsen Natatorium, and admission is free.

    Gamecock Seniors Go Out with Wins

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - With the senior class competing for the final time, it was a bitter sweet ending to for the group as the finished off their careers at Carolina Natatorium with a pair of sweeps over Queens and Wingate. The men defeated Wingate 187-130 and Queens 176-141, while the women won 182-129 over Wingate and 172-136 over Queens.
    On the day, the two teams combined to post the top time in in 15 of 18 events, which gave them 27 over two days. The Gamecocks depth showed up again on day two as the 1-2-3 finishes continued with four more today to collect eight total for the weekend. Carolina also had at least1-2 finishes in seven more races, which gave the group 18 in two days.
    The morning saw its first 1-2-3 Gamecock finish in the very first event, the women's 200 medley relay as the team Lindsay Pierce, Amanda Rutqvist, Caroline Bixler and Lauren Raczkowski paced the pack with a time of 1:45.66.
    The women's team was at it again in the 100 breaststroke Peirce clocking in at 55.80, just ahead of Megan Carlson and Lauren Rosenberg.  That wasn't the last of them as the next event saw Elise Weisert lead the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:18.99, as Rachael Schaffer and Ellen Johnson came in second and third, respectively.
    The men picked up a one of their own in the 200 freestyle as Kevin Leithold's time of 1:38.49 bested teammates Michael Flach and Gerard Rodriguez. 
    In total, the Gamecocks swept five events with the men and women winning. Elizabeth Maltby (10:21.60) and Marwan El Kamash won the 1000 free, while Taylor Vincent (24.30) and Michael Covert (20.92) won 50 freestyle in 1-2 Carolina finishes. Weisert (2:18.99) and Alex Vance (2:04.75) claimed the 200 breaststroke while Jean Livingston (1:53.09) and Leithold (1:38.49) claimed wins in the 200 freestyle.
    The Gamecocks capped off the day by posting the top times in the 400 freestyle, giving them the top times in all eight relays on the weekend.
    Individually, Leithold led Carolina on the weekend with five total wins, with three coming from  relays. Maltby (500 and 1,000 free), Weisert (100 and 200 breaststroke) and Vincent (50 and 100 free) each led the women in individual wins as both picked up one on each day.
    Prior to today's session, the Gamecocks recognized their 15 seniors for the hard work and dedication to the program. The group includes Tim Berens, Maryn Bieganski, Michael Flach, Abby Galbreath, Andrew Helmich, Taylor Josserand, Matt Navata, Lindsay Pierce, Lauren Raczkowski, Gerard Rodriguez, Lauren Rosenberg, Amanda Rutqvist, Rachael Schaffer, Jay Warner and Jake White.
    South Carolina will be back in action next weekend as the teams head to Auburn on Feb. 1 for their final meet before the SEC Championships. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET.

    Alabama Records Sweep of Emory on Senior Day

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams earned easy victories over Emory on Senior Day in the Alabama Aquatic Center Saturday, with the Crimson Tide men winning 15 of 16 events while the UA women won 13 of 16 events on the day.
    Alabama’s women won their meet 178-110 while the men won 196-92. In addition to being Senior Day, Saturday was also the Tide’s Power of Pink meet, which is part of the Alabama Athletics Department’s breast cancer awareness initiative. 
    On the women’s side of things, senior Paige McCleary went out without a splash, closing out her home career by breaking both the school record off both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. She scored 377.70 to break Carrie Dragland’s 2012 3-meter mark and she posted a 325.88 to break Lane Bassham’s 2004 record. 
    Senior Katie Schroeder won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:06.38 while junior Kaylin Burchell posted a 4:24.81 to win the 400 individual medley. 
    Junior Kristel Vourna showed some range by winning the 200 freestyle with a 1:51.72 while distance ace Bonnie Macdonald showed some speed, winning the 100 butterfly with a 57.66. Sophomore Emma Saunders took first in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes with times of 55.89 and 2:00.33, respectively. Sophomore Justine Panian won the 50 freestyle after posting a 23.95. 
    Freshman Leah Bird won the 500 freestyle with a 5:04.36 while sophomore Stephanie Klotz won the 200 breaststroke after posting a 2:18.03.
    The Tide women opened the meet with sophomore Michele Rielly, freshman Bridget Blood, Bird and Panian combining to win the 400 medley relay while Vourna, Panian, freshman Bailey Scott and Saunders came together to post the top time in the 400 freestyle relay.
    On the men’s side of the meet, senior Cameron Conners won the 100 breaststroke with a 55.95 while classmate Hunter Hinson won the 200 butterfly, touching the wall at 1:51.65
    Freshman Anton McKee won the 1,000 freestyle (9:21.99) as well as the 500 freestyle (4:32.10). Freshman Kristian Gkolomeev, swimming in only his second meet for the Crimson Tide after arriving on campus at the start of the spring semester, won his second 50 freestyle title with a time of 20.33.  
    Freshman Brent Sagert scored victories off both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards with scores of 336.90 and 380.10, respectively.
    Sophomore Crews Wellford won the 100 and 200 freestyles with times of 46.13 and 1:40.54, respectively. Freshman Szymmy Day won the 200 breaststroke with a 2:02.25, while freshman Alex Gray won the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.55. Freshman Connor Oslin won the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.61 while junior Ian Decker touched the wall at 4:00.35 in the 400 individual medley. 
    Alabama’s men opened the meet by winning the 400 medley relay when Oslin, Mckee, sophomore Brett Walsh and senior BJ Hornikel combined for a time of 3:13.99 and closed the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relays when Walsh, Hornikel, senior Vlad Caciuc and Gkolomeev touched the wall with a 2:56.21.
    Alabama closes out the regular season in Athens, Ga., site of the 2014 SEC Championships, against Georgia on Saturday, at 11 a.m. ET. 

    Arkansas Beats Rice and Clemson

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 23 Razorback swimming and diving team (7-1, 2-1 SEC) defeated Rice 207-86 and Clemson 230-19 in a double-dual meet at the Arkansas Natatorium on Jan. 25. The meet was highlighted by Razorback wins in 14 events, including the first NCAA zone qualification scores for two Arkansas divers.
    “We hadn’t been home for a while, and they came together and swam tough right from the beginning,” said head coach Sean Schimmel. “They stayed sharp all the way through it. We had some great diving going on as well. A couple girls qualified for zones, which we hadn’t had before. I think for right now on Jan. 25 we’re in a really good spot.”
    Junior Meghan Clark (Frisco, Texas) won the three-meter diving event with a score of 297.90. Sophomore Hannah Bortnick (Mission Hills, Kan.) placed second with a score of 291.68. Both scores are the first NCAA zone qualifying scores for the divers.
    The swimming portion of the meet began with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. Arkansas’ relay team of sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas), junior Nikki Daniels (Wichita, Kan.), junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.) and sophomore Nina Drolc (Velenje, Slovenia) finished the race in 1:42.36.
    Arkansas continued to display mastery of distance swimming with a sweep of the 1,000 freestyle led by senior Nicole Menzel (Hilton Head, S.C.) with a time of 10:05.87. She was followed by freshman Aiden Lister (Toowoomba, Australia) in second place in 10.06.16 and senior Julia Kucherich (York, Pa.) placed third in 10:10.32. The 500 freestyle was dominated by junior Lauren Jordan (Carmel, Ind.) with a winning time of 4:57.62.
    Arkansas also swept the 200 backstroke. Mayfield won the event in 2:00.27, followed by Jordan in second in 2:03.22 and freshman Sarah Easterling (Cumberland, Maine) in third in 2:06.58. Mayfield also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.57. 
    Daniels posted wins in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 1:02.51 and 2:17.37, respectively. White also won two individual events, claiming the 50 freestyle in 23.25 and the 100 butterfly in 54.74.
    Freshman Katie Kearbey (Nevada, Mo.) won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.75. Kucherich won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:26.19, and Drolc won the 100 freestyle in 51.31.
    Arkansas closed the meet with a win by White, Drolc, Mayfield and sophomore Maddie Monroe (Godfrey, Ill.) in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:28.85.
    The Razorbacks will return to the Arkansas Natatorium on Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. to host Kansas and Vanderbilt in a double-dual meet. The meet will be the last home meet of the season and will serve as Senior Day. A special presentation of the seniors will preface the races. Admission is free. 
    For more information on Arkansas swimming and diving, follow @RazorbackSwim. 


    UK Diving Sweeps Cards as Cats Fall on the Road to Top-13 Teams

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Kentucky divers claimed the top two scores in all four events, including three events where the Wildcats swept the field, as UK suffered a defeat at No. 7/13 Louisville Saturday afternoon.

    Wins in three of the first four events for the women gave UK a lead early over the 13th-ranked Cardinal, and helped set up a closely-scored meet halfway through the competition. The Wildcats were unable to hang on for the upset and lost 193-107. The men fell by a final score of 212.5-87.5 to the Cardinals, ranked seventh nationally.

    “The women’s race was very competitive for a while,” UK head coach Lars Jorgensen said. “We had a couple of really close races that we lost. Overall, I thought the women competed well. We’ve made some progress, but we raced a really good team. They have a great men’s team as well, they performed well against us, but I thought some of our guys competed pretty well.”

    Junior Christa Cabot won both the 1- and 3-meter dive, while fellow junior Lindsay Keahey placed second in both events to round out UK’s scoring. On the men’s side, seniors Greg Ferrucci and John Fox won the 1- and 3-meter, respectively. Fox placed second in the 1-meter, while senior Zack Peterson was second in the 3-meter. The Wildcats also claimed third and fourth place in the 1-meter to sweep the competition.

    Along with four diving wins, freshman Kelly Berger won the 1,000 yard freestyle and senior Kristen Wilson claimed victory in the 200 yard freestyle. Berger added a second-place finish, while Wilson finished third in three additional races.

    “Wilson and Berger were great for us today. Kristen in the 200 just put her hand on the wall first, she trains hard and does a good job for us. Kelly is an emerging freshman, but is a really good swimmer and has really improved a lot since she got to Kentucky.”

    The Wildcats host their final home contest of the season, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m. ET against Cincinnati at the Lancaster Aquatics Center. The senior day meet marks the end of the regular season for Kentucky before the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championship competitions.

    “It’s going to be fun,” Jorgensen said of Saturday’s home finale. “It’ll be nice to be back at home and recognize our seniors, who have given a lot to this program. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to race another good team as we prepare for the postseason.”

    Cabot and Keahey got UK off to a great start on the 1-meter event. Cabot claimed first with a 304.95, while Keahey was right behind in second with a 255.75. The one-two finish gave the UK women a lead heading into the first swimming event.

    The male divers also got the Wildcats off to a good start with a sweep of the top four spots in the 1-meter springboard. Ferrucci placed first with a 353.85, while Fox finished second with a 313.87. Not to be outdone, UK’s other two divers, Peterson and freshman Noah Richter, finished right behind their teammates in third and fourth with a 298.35 and a 276.82, respectively.

    In the women’s second swimming event, the 1,000 yard freestyle, Berger finished in 9:58.23 to win by over six seconds. The only swimmer to touch the wall in less than 10 minutes, the freshman beat out a fellow first-year swimmer from U of L and teammate Kendal Casey, who finished third in 10:04.94. Casey came in just 0.34 seconds out of second place.

    Wilson notched the Wildcats’ fourth win in the 200 yard freestyle. A time of 1:50.42 gave her the win in a tightly contest race that saw the top three finishers all touch the wall within 0.44 seconds. Junior Abby Myers finished third in 1:50.86.

    Cabot tallied her second win of the day in the 3-meter dive. A 324.98 was good enough for the win, ahead of Keahey’s 293.40, who finished second.

    UK’s final win came in the men’s 3-meter, where Fox posted a 349.81 to win the event. Peterson placed second with a 333.30, while Richter was fifth with a 275.92. Ferrucci, who hit the board on his final dive, recorded a final score of 272.17 to finish sixth.

    For complete news and updates on the Kentucky Swimming and Diving program, go to Breaking news, behind-the-scenes updates, photos and more can be found on Twitter at @UKSwimDive and Facebook at

    Mizzou Sweeps Drury to Close Dual Action

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Mizzou men's and women's swimming and diving teams earned a sweep over Drury Saturday afternoon at Breech Pool in Springfield, Mo. The Tiger men defeated the Panthers 149-92 to improve to conclude the season 6-4 in dual meets, while the women won 121-118 for a 5-6 mark.

    Missouri combined for 17 event wins on the day, with the men taking 10 and the women seven. Five different Tigers won two events, including senior David Bonuchi (1-meter and 3-meter), juniors Eegan Groome (500 free and 1000 free), Andrew Phillips (200 free and 200 fly) and Sam Tierney (100 back and 200 breast) and sophomore Anna Patterson (50 free and 100 fly).

    The Mizzou women opened the meet with a victory in the 400 medley relay, as the squad of junior Emily Doucette, freshman Katharine Ross, junior Danielle Barbiea and Patterson posted a time of 3:44.63.

    The Tigers posted wins in both the men's and women's 1000 free on the day. Sophomore Lauren Stoeckle earned her first career win in the event after touching in 10:32.01. Groome won the men's race in 9:27.54, followed closely behind by freshman Martin Wallace in 9:29.50.

    Groome added a win in the 500 free after touching the wall in 4:32.49.

    Phillips recorded his first win of the day in the 200 free after notching a time of 1:39.53. On the women's side, freshman Brittany Hammond placed second in 1:53.77.

    Tierney led one-two Tiger finishes in both his wins against Drury. First the junior claimed first in the 100 back in 50.07, ahead of freshman Carter Griffin in 50.37. Then Tierney finished first in the 200 breast after a swim of 2:01.86, while Kozlovskij took second in 2:01.91.

    Sophomore Daniel Graviss led Missouri to a top three sweep in the men's 400 IM. Graviss touched first in 3:58.88, while junior Igor Kozlovskij was second in 3:59.20 and junior Mack Darragh third in 4:01.90. Junior Danielle Spradlin took second in the women's race after a swim of 4:28.74, just 0.01 ahead of freshman Ellie Suek (4:28.75).

    Mizzou junior Lauren Callin and sophomore Lauren Reedy split the women's diving events. Callin placed first on the 3-meter after a score of 292.58, ahead of Reedy's 282.82. Reedy took first on the 1-meter with 312.00, while Callin was second with 284.32.

    In the women's 100 fly, Patterson claimed top honors with a time of 56.75. She added another win in the 50 free after a time of 23.65.

    Phillips notched his second win of the meet in the 200 fly after easily beating the field in a time of 1:48.06.

    Missouri also recorded a sweep of both 100 free events. On the women's side, Barbiea placed first with a swim of 51.84, while sophomore Max Grodecki won the men's race in 45.79.

    In the diving well, the Tigers won all four events on the day. Bonuchi swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards with scores of 371.77 and 407.52, respectively. Sophomore Clark Thomas was second on the 1-meter with a score of 349.72. Missouri returns to the pool for the two-day Tiger Invite, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

    Vandy wins two of three head-to-heads at Western Kentucky

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Vanderbilt swim team wrapped up action at Western Kentucky, Saturday, winning two out of the three head-to-head match ups. The Commodores defeated Marshall and Cumberland, and fell to the WKU.

    Vanderbilt won three of the first five events on Saturday, starting with a first place finish in the 400-yard medley relay team. Chrissy Oberg, Elly Faulkner, Kayla Moran and Hannah Martin touched the wall with a time of 3:53.05, just .4 seconds ahead of WKU's A team.

    Freshmen Alexandra Blankenburg and Moran each picked up individual wins over the next four events. Blankenburg took first in the 400 IM with a time of 4:31.05, more than five seconds faster than the second place finisher.

    Moran took first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.10, classmate Rachel Koch came in third place with a time of 58.78.

    The Commodores had multiple second place finishes in Caroline Thomas (100 free), Oberg (200 back), Carrie Bencic (500 free), Elly Faulkner (200 breast) and the 200-yard free relay team.

    Vanderbilt will be back in action next weekend, with two consecutive meets on Friday and Saturday. The `Dores take on Arkansas-Little Rock Friday evening before heading to the University of Arkansas on Saturday for a tri-meet with the Razorbacks and the Kansas Jayhawks.