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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The UF men's and women's swimming and diving teams used a combined 14 first-place finishes and five NCAA provisional qualifying times over the weekend to each pick up wins against Indian River Community College, while the No. 5 men also defeated No. 12 Purdue twice and the No. 7 women topped Arkansas at the O'Connell Center.

The women defeated Arkansas 114-86 and IRCC 136-54 Saturday.

The men defeated Purdue 137-125 Friday and 106-97 Saturday, while also topping IRCC 140-59 Saturday.

"We were better (Saturday) than (on Friday)," Coach Gregg Troy said. "We've been going through some training cycles, so everyone was a little tired, but we got honest efforts from everyone. Cody Kauffman and Bradley Ally were real consistent and we got a solid effort both days from Shaune Fraser. On the women's side, Gemma Spofforth looked good and Samantha Vanderbilt had a lot of consistency."

A third-place finish in the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle events highlighted Kauffman's performance. Fraser was one of the most consistent swimmers for the Gators, swimming his way to three first-place finishes while Ally added another two. Spofforth added a win of her own in the 200-yard backstroke, and Vanderbilt turned in a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle.

UF divers traveled to Athens, Ga. to compete in the Georgia Diving Invitational over the weekend.

The Gators were led by Monica Dodson, who dove to a fourth-place finish with a total of 235.75 points. She was followed by Sarah Ellerby and Jennifer Funch, who finished right behind Dodson in fifth and sixth place with 223.70 and 211.60, respectively.

The Gators will be in action next on Jan. 12, when the swimming and diving teams host LSU at 2 p.m. in the O' Connell Center.

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