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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Gators take their first double-sweep of the season

The men’s team won 175-125 and the women’s team won 183-117 in Friday’s matchup

Senior diver Skip Donald begins his dive during the Gators' meet against the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday, October 27, 2023, at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium in Gainesville, Florida.
Senior diver Skip Donald begins his dive during the Gators' meet against the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday, October 27, 2023, at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gators swim and dive teams took on the Georgia Bulldogs at home Friday.  Florida’s No. 3 men’s and No. 7 women’s teams walked away with their first sweep of the season after taking down Georgia’s No. 13 men’s and No. 9 women’s teams, 175-125 and 183-117, respectively.

The men’s team is now 2-0 while the women’s team picked up their first ranked win of the season, giving them a 3-1 record. Both teams remain undefeated against SEC opponents. 

In the Women’s 200 Medley Relay, the A team — consisting of freshman Bella Sims, senior Molly Mayne, and juniors Olivia Peoples and Micayla Cronk — placed first with a 1:38.68.

In the Men’s 200 Medley Relay, freshman Johnny Marshall, sophomore Aleksas Savickas, freshman Scotty Buff and sophomore Joshua Liendo secured first place for the A relay team with a time of 1:26.53. The B team came in third with a 1:28.72. 

Sophomore Caroline Pennington came in third in the Women’s 1,000 Freestyle with a time of 9:47.39. Junior Anna Alud and senior Madison Kolessar came soon after in fourth and fifth place, respectively. 

In the Men’s 1,000 Freestyle, sophomore Eric Brown finished in second with a 9:00.81. Freshman Andrew Taylor followed him to third with a 9:03.37. 

Sims placed first with a 1:45.85 in the Women’s 200 Freestyle. Freshman Jojo Ramey finished fourth in her event debut with a 1:48.14. Senior Jake Mitchell came in second with a 1:35.64 in the Men’s 200 Freestyle.

In the Women’s 100 Backstroke, senior Isabel Ivey placed first with a 52.59, coming in front of freshman Caite Choate, who placed second with a 53.88.  Marshall came in third with a 47.62 in the Men’s 100 Backstroke. 

In the Women’s 200 Fly, freshman Lainy Kruger finished in 1:58.49, placing first. Senior Amanda Ray and sophomore Zoe Dixon placed third and fourth, respectively. Freshman Josh Parent placed second with a 1:48.64 in the Men’s 200 Fly. Senior Jace Crawford finished just behind him in third, and senior Billy Jones placed fourth. 

Ivey finished first in the Women’s 50 Free with a 22.85. Liendo placed first and recorded a new season-best in the Men’s 50 Free with a 19.30. 

In the Women’s 100 Freestyle, Cronk placed first after swimming a 49.30. In the Men’s 100 Freestyle, McDuff swam a 43.56 to come in first. Junior Julian Smith came in second with a 43.94. 

Gators dominated the scoreboard in the Women’s 200 Backstroke. Choate placed first, junior Emma Weyant placed second and Dixon placed third with times of 1:55.71, 1:56.40 and 1:58.05, respectively. 

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In the Men’s 200 Backstroke, Marshall swam a 1:44.48 to come in first. In the Women’s 200 Breastroke, sophomore Anna Moore came in second with a 2:16.07. 

Savickas and junior Peter Bretzmann took first and second in the Men’s 200 Breastroke after swimming a 1:59.01 and 1:59.38, respectively. 

In the Women’s 500 Freestyle, Sims placed first with a time of 4:44.36. Ramey came in fourth with a 4:49.40.  In the Men’s 500 Freestyle, Gators placed second, third and fourth. Mitchell swam a 4:21.70, Brown swam a 4:27.89 and Taylor swam a 4:28.11. 

Peoples placed first in the Women’s 100 Fly with a 52.65. Ivey came in second with a 53.15. Gators went 1-2-3 in the Men’s 100 Fly. Liendo took first after swimming a 46.30 and Crawford was close behind with a 47.41. Buff came in third with a 47.95.

In the Women’s 200 IM, Weyant swam a 1:58.13 to secure first place. Dixon placed third with a 2:00.24. Freshman Julia Podkoscienly came close behind her with a 2:01.47. In the Men’s 200 IM, freshman Sean Sullivan placed second after swimming a 1:50.34. Jones came in fourth and Parent came in fifth. 

In the Women’s 400 Free Relay, the A relay team of Sims, Ivey, Peoples and Cronk placed first, finishing in 3:17.19, over three seconds before their competition.  A team with Liendo, Smith, Mitchell and McDuff also finished first after swimming a 2:55.74 in the Men’s 400 Free Relay. 

The women finished first in 13 events and the men finished first in 11 events in the O’Connell Center.

Freshman Ana Monroy claimed first place in the women’s 1-meter and 3-meter diving.  She scored a season-high 326.10 in the 1-meter and a 338.85 in the 3-meter. Senior Caroline Pagac came in fourth in the 1-meter and junior Carina Lumia came in third in the 3-meter. 

Freshman Conor Gesing, two-time winner of SEC Diver of the Week, placed first in the 1-meter and 3-meter events as well. He scored a season-high 364.73 in the 1-meter and a 375.00 in the 3-meter. 

Sophomore Peyton Donald and senior Skip Donald came in third and fourth in the 1-meter with a 340.13 and 317.70, respectively. The brothers also placed back-to-back in the 3-meter when Skip Donald secured third place and Peyton Donald came right behind him with a 340.05. 

The Gators will take on the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers and the No. 19 women/No. 25 men Kentucky Wildcats in Knoxville, Tennessee, at 11 a.m. Friday. 

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Lacey Rogers

Lacey Rogers is a third-year journalism major and sports reporter for The Alligator. She is a huge Washington Capitals fan and hopes to work for them after she finishes school.

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