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For a girl who never really knew if swimming was for her, senior Laurabeth Guenthner has left her mark on the UF swimming and diving team.
In a four-day 2009 SEC Championship meet that came down to the very last relay, the No. 5 UF women won their 17th SEC crown, the first since 2002, after edging out second-place finisher Auburn and third-place Georgia. The win for the Gators was the third-closest competition in SEC history, UF with 744 points, Auburn with 730.5 and Georgia with 725. On the men's side, the No. 8 Gators claimed second place (626) at the 2009 league meet for the eighth-consecutive year to the men's team from Auburn (880.5).
In a sport where individual performances are usually key, the Gators have what senior Bradley Ally calls "united energy," a force that helps bind the Gators together and deliver some truly outstanding performances.
With the likes of former Gator Ryan Lochte hitting the pool this weekend for the USA Swimming Short Course National Championship, the Gators hoped to make statements themselves as they prepare for the approaching spring season.
Through the wins and losses, the Gators have remained collected going into the depths of the Southeastern Conference season. When asked whether he would be upset if the Gators lost every meet of the season but still swam their best and improved, senior Rex Tullius answered quickly and without hesitation.