Gainesville, FL - The University of Florida women’s swimming and
diving team edged out the University of Virginia women’s squad for a
150-148 win, while the Gators fell short against the Cavaliers on the
men’s side, 153-145, Monday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell
“Virginia is a much better team than the ones we swam against last
week,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “On both sides, they have real
good, quality groups. They’re the best team in the Atlantic Coast
Conference. We just didn’t respond especially well at the beginning of
the meet. The men were a little shorthanded due to international
competition, but the women’s side responded really well in the second
half of the meet. Shara Stafford (Topeka, Kan.), Teresa Crippen
(Conshohocken, Pa.) and Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) were
Beisel led all scorers on the women’s side, collecting NCAA
provisional marks in every race she competed in. The 2008 Olympian won
the women’s 200-yard backstroke (1:58.29) and 200-yard individual
medley (2:00.89), while placing second behind Virginia’s Lauren Perdue
(1:47.33) in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.42). The freshman also
collected points in the 400-yard freestyle relay, collaborating with
Stafford, junior Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.) and sophomore Jamie
Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) for a second-place finish and another NCAA
provisional mark (3:21.74).
Senior captain Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) led the way for the Gator
men, who swam without four All-Americans. The seven-time All-American
picked up victories in the men’s 100 and 200 free, as well as the
200-yard IM. The reigning 2010 NCAA Male Swimmer of the Year captured an
NCAA provisional mark in the 100 free with a time of 1:56.53, edging out
Virginia’s Matt McLean’s NCAA provisional mark of 1:57.13. On top of
the three individual wins, Dwyer joined sophomore Cameron Martin
(Clearwater, Fla.), sophomore Olympian Rodion Davelaar (Willemstad,
Netherlands Antilles) and senior Logan Storie (Corvallis, Ore.) in
picking up points for Florida with a second-place finish in the men’s
200-yard medley relay (1:32.77). In the men’s 400 freestyle relay,
Storie joined sophomore Scott Sommer (Ocala, Fla.), junior All-American
Jeffrey Raymond (Davie, Fla.) and senior All-American Balazs Gercsak
(Budapest, Hungary) in winning the final event of the day for the Gators
by more than three seconds (3:03.03).
On top of Stafford’s success in the women’s 400 free relay, the
junior All-American notched her first individual event victory of the
2010 campaign by winning the 100 back (55.26). Stafford concluded her
day with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (55.86), while
taking third in the 50 free (23.32).
In addition to securing a NCAA cut in the 400 free relay, Bohunicky
also secured NCAA provisional marks in the 200 free and 500 free.
Bohunicky won her first individual event of the 2010 season in the 500
free, clocking in at a time of 4:49.40. The local Gainesville native
also placed third in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.63.
Other Gators picking up victories for the UF women were Bateman,
freshman Daniela Victoria (Plantation, Fla.) and sophomore Sarra Lajnef
(Tunis, Tunisia). Bateman took the 50 free with a NCAA provisional mark
(22.81) for the second-straight week, while Victoria registered her
first career individual event victory with a first-place finish in the
100-yard breaststroke (1:04.68). Lajnef recorded her first victory of
the 2010 campaign in the 200 breast with a time of 2:18.25.
Also having a strong meet was Crippen, who swam a NCAA provisional mark
in the 200 fly for the second-consecutive week. Recently named to the
U.S. National Team, the junior All-American placed second in the 200 fly
(1:59.27), 200 IM (2:03.20) and 1,000 free (9:58.09).
The Gator men swept the butterfly events, with Martin winning the 100
fly and Gercsak capturing the 200 fly. A 2004 and 2008 Olympian for
Hungary, Gercsak finished first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:49.31,
edging out the Virginia’s Matt Houser (1:49.79). In the 100 fly,
Martin notched another Orange and Blue victory with a time of 49.77,
besting second-place Peter Geissinger of Virginia (51.37).
In the morning diving session, freshman Michael Lewark (Davie, Fla.)
picked up his first career victory, winning the men’s one-meter diving
competition with a score of 317.33. Michael’s brother, Anthony Lewark
(Davie, Fla), capped off the Gator sweep in men’s diving with a
first-place score of 373.51 in the men’s three-meter diving finale.
Monica Dodson (Franklin, Ind.), the lone senior on the women’s
swimming and diving team, swept both the women’s one-meter (296.93)
and three-meter (362.11) diving competition.
The Gators return to the pool for their SEC opener on Friday, Oct. 29,
when it travels to SEC rival Georgia. Meet time is scheduled for 11