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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Florida keeps momentum rolling in day four of SEC championships

Swimming earned five gold, two silver and one bronze while diving earned one silver

Sophomore Caroline Pennington swims in a relay in the Florida Invitational against Nova Southeastern, Friday, Feb. 2, 2024.
Sophomore Caroline Pennington swims in a relay in the Florida Invitational against Nova Southeastern, Friday, Feb. 2, 2024.

After yet another day of SEC championships, Florida led in the men’s leaderboard with 893 points while the women’s team led with 765.5 points. 

Freshman Camyla Monroy earned her second medal of the championship in the women’s 1-meter dive, placing second with 316.35 points. Junior Carina Lumia placed eighth, earning 270.45 points. Sophomore Casey Greenberg placed 24th in preliminaries, failing to make the cut for finals. 

However, the Gators found success in the swimming preliminaries with junior Emma Weyant, freshman sophomore Zoe Dixon, freshman Julia Podkoscielny, junior Anna Auld, sophomore Camille DeBoer, senior Amanda Ray and senior Madison Kolessar all advancing to the women’s 400 IM finals. Weyant and Dixon claimed the first medals of the night, finishing first in 4:01.20 and second in 4:03.33.

In the men’s 400 IM, junior Mason Laur, sophomore Giovanni Linscheer, sophomore Eric Brown, senior Jack VanDeusen, freshman Andrew Taylor, junior Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero and junior Peter Bretzmann all passed preliminaries. Linscheer finished in the finals with a time of 3:39.61 - the ninth fastest time in program history- securing bronze. 

In the men’s and women’s 100 butterfly, sophomore Joshua Liendo, freshman Scotty Buff, senior Billy Jones, junior Olivia Peoples and junior Aris Runnels all qualified for finals. 

Liendo, for the second time in a row, clinched gold with a time of 43.98. Buff achieved silver with a time of 44.38, making his first SEC podium debut. Peoples set a new program record, finishing in 50.47 and placing first.

Senior Isabel Ivey claimed first on the podium in the women’s 200 freestyle, finishing the event in 1:41.85 for the second-best time in program history. 

For the men’s event, junior Macguire McDuff placed first with a time of 1:30.64.

Tomorrow, Florida will compete in the men’s and women’s 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 400 medley relay and the men’s platform dive. 

The first event, the women’s 200 butterfly, is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. The meet can be streamed on SEC Network+.

Contact Shaine Davison at Follow her on Twitter @shainedavison.

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