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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The UF swimming and diving teams remained perfect this season as the women and men won at Minnesota on Saturday

The No. 6 women defeated the No. 10 Gophers 168-132 and the men won 158-142.

The women earned 12 first-place finishes, led by senior Caroline Burckle who was part of the second-place finish in the 200-meter medley relay as well as a win in the 200 freestyle. Senior Natalie Pike finished right behind Burckle in the 200 free for second place.

"Caroline Burckle had great swims for us all weekend," Coach Gregg Troy said. "She is really stepping up and is showing how strong she is."

Gemma Spofforth and Samantha Vanderbilt also finished first and second in the 100 backstroke.

"Gemma swam really well all weekend for us," Troy said. "Her swims were controlled and she really stepped up for us."

Laurabeth Guenthner and Kim Larson also finished in the top two in the 1,650 free. Pike also won the 100 free and Burckle, who picked up a 'B' standard qualifying time, won the 200 breastroke.

On the diving board Monica Dodson won the 3-meter board competition.

After trailing early on, the men's team came back in the 200 back when Roland Rudolf, Omar Pizon and Rex Tullius swept the event with th top three finishes.

Clark Burckle then won the 200 breast.

Then Tobias Work won the 500 free.

The Gators return to the pool on Friday at home against Michigan.

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