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<p>The Florida men's and women's swimming and diving times compete in Austin, Texas, this weekend in an event hosted by the Texas Longhorns. The UF men enter the meet ranked No. 8, while the women have a national rank of No. 19.&nbsp;</p>

The Florida men's and women's swimming and diving times compete in Austin, Texas, this weekend in an event hosted by the Texas Longhorns. The UF men enter the meet ranked No. 8, while the women have a national rank of No. 19. 

Florida's men's and women's swim teams went head-to-head with the Auburn Tigers at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center in Auburn, Alabama on Saturday.

The men left the pool victorious, while the women succumbed to defeat.

The 6th-ranked UF men's team has now won seven of its last eight meetings against Auburn after upending the 25th-ranked Tigers 182-118.

The Gators (8-1) saw a trio of swimmers bring home a pair of individual victories each.

Freshman Trey Freeman claimed the first victory for UF early on, winning the 1000-yard freestyle event with a time of 9:06.75. Later in the day, Freeman notched his second win, placing first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:23.59).

Juniors Khader Baqlah and Maxime Rooney continued their strong seasons on Saturday.

Baqlah swept two freestyle events, placing first in the 200 free (1:34.78) and later the 100 free (44.30).

Rooney won two butterfly events during the meet. First, he brought home the 200 fly with a 1:45.11 performance, then the junior beat the pack in the 100 fly with a 47.14 timed-finish.

Other key performers for Florida included freshmen Kacper Stokowski and Dillon Hillis, along with sophomore Clark Beach.

Stokowski won the 100 back (47.73), Hillis claimed the 200 IM (1:50.86) and Beach finished first in the 200 back (1:44.47).

The women couldn't match the same performance the men provided, however.

No. 8 UF dropped its second meet of the season, falling to the 7th-ranked Tigers 187-113, despite individual wins from freshman Vanessa Pearl, junior Kelly Fertel and junior Brooke Madden.

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Pearl collected the best time in the 200 breast, clocking in at 2:12.59. Fertel won the 200 IM (1:59.08).

Madden led the charge for the Gators in the diving well, taking first place in the 1-meter diving event with an impressive score of 317.78, nearly 32 points higher than the closest competitor. She grabbed second in the 3-meter with a 311.55.

"Brooke is just coming back from a long rehab," diving coach Bryan Gillooly said in a release. "Looks like with a few more reps under her belt, she can be back to her form from a year ago."

Among the other members of the women's team who stood out were freshman Leah Braswell, senior Hannah Burns and redshirt senior Georgia Marris.

Braswell (9:51.31) placed second in the 1000 free, Burns (4:51.72) swam her way to second in the 500 free and Marris had two second-place finishes. One in the 200 free (1:48.27) and another in the 100 fly (54.48).

Florida will be back in Gainesville on Feb. 2 as both teams will host the Tennessee Volunteers.

That meet is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Follow Evan Lepak on Twitter @evanmplepak and contact him at elepak@alligator.org. 

The 6th-ranked UF men's swimming team has now won seven of its last eight meetings against Auburn after defeating No. 25 Auburn on Saturday.

 

 

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