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In her first match at a major college tennis tournament, Jo Mather lost against Stephanie Davison of Texas 6-4, 6-2 in the pre-qualifying round of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. Mather also partnered with Anastasia Revzina in doubles play but lost in the opening round to Texas Christian's Nina Munch-Soegaard and Maria Babanova 8-5.
The UF women's tennis team kicked off its season with the Gator Fall Classic tournament. Three players reached the semifinals, and Anastasia Revzina reached the finals before losing to Notre Dame's Kristy Frilling 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8).
For most freshmen at UF, the transition from high school takes at least a semester. For Joey Burkhardt and Carlos Cueto, the transition period lasted three weeks.
The UF women's tennis team starts its individual tournament circuit today with five players and room for improvement. Last year's squad finished the season ranked No. 5 in the nation but was barely inched out in the Southeastern Conference Championship by Georgia 4-3.
The UF men's tennis team begins its fall season this weekend at the Southern Intercollegiate tournament in Athens, Ga. Although team play does not begin until January, the Gators are looking forward to see what the team can do without Greg Ouellette and Nestor Briceno, the highest-ranked players from last season.
Forty-one-year-old Dara Torres was the anchor on the U.S. team that won the 400-freestyle relay Saturday night, leading them to a silver medal. The former Gator might have been able to catch the Netherlands team if there were just 50 to 100 more meters in the race, but the Dutch were too far ahead when she started her leg.
Senior Maureen Farrell jumps into the pool and pulls herself up on to the blocks. She grasps the handles closely as if she's holding on to the last remnants of her slowly evaporating career.