Gainesville, Fla. - In an exciting Saturday match-up between the Florida
Gators and Florida Atlantic University, both UF squads were victorious
against FAU, each adding another win to the dual meet record count. The
No. 6 Florida women posted a 159-127 win over the Owls to improve to 6-2
overall (2-1 SEC), while the sixth-ranked men won a 174-123 decision to
move to 6-1 (3-0 SEC).
Florida captured every race and diving event of the 32-event meet lineup
Saturday, except two that Florida Atlantic claimed on the women’s side.
Strong performances from several freshmen headlined the day for the
Orange and Blue, while key veterans like junior Kristen Beales
(Arlington, Va.) led the Gators to their sixth dual meet win.
Beales rallied for two individual victories, her first coming in the
200-yard free (1:50.75) and her second title later in the 400-yard IM
(4:20.40). Sophomore Rebekah Epley (Russelville, Ky.) followed in suit,
sweeping both the 100 and 200-yard butterfly races with times of 55.79
and 2:01.35, respectfully.
On the men’s side, newcomer Jose Crescimbeni (Holiday, Fla.) swam the
butterfly leg of UF’s winning 200-yard medley relay in addition to
capturing two individual victories in the 100-yard back (51.27) and
100-yard fly (50.58). Freshman James Turner (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) took the
50-yard free title for UF in 21.24 seconds.
Also representing the newcomers on the women’s side, Daniela Victoria
(Cape Coral, Fla.) swept first place in both breaststroke events,
finishing the 100-yard breast in 1:05.64 and the 200-yard event in
2:21.47. Victoria tacked on another win as the breast leg of the winning
200 medley relay. Fellow freshman Natalie Smith (Gainesville, Fla.) won
the 1,650-yard free (17:12.14), while Anna-Liisa Pold (San Diego,
Calif.) touched first in the 200 back (2:03.49).
In other men’s action, freshman Robby Kennedy (Ft. Myers, Fla.) and
sophomore Joey Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) teamed up in the 100 and
200-yard breast events for one-two finishes. Pedraza took the 100 breast
in 58.61, while Kennedy finished second (59.71), but in the 200 breast,
Kennedy took the top spot (2:09.26) and Pedraza backed him up in second
with a time of 2:11.22. Pedraza struck again in the men’s 400 IM for
another victory swim, clocking in at 3:59.68.
Junior Roland Rudolph (Budapest, Hungary) tripled up with wins in the
200-yard medley relay and individually in the 200 fly (1:50.63) and 500
The Gators kept it golden on the diving boards, sweeping both the
one-meter and three-meter competitions on the men’s and women’s sides.
Four different Gator divers walked away with victories Saturday.
In the men’s one-meter competition, sophomore Grayson Patten (West Palm
Beach, Fla.) walked away with a 284.70-point win, just edging out UF
senior Aaron Leech (Naperville, Ill.), who finished second (283.20). On
the three-meter board, it was Leech who claimed the victory with a score
of 311.25, while Patten finished second for the Gators (268.88).
In women’s diving action, sophomore Monica Dodson (Franklin, Ind.) was
the winner on the one-meter board with a score of 273.90, while junior
Kara Salamone (Hollywood, Fla.) dove to a first-place finish in the
three-meter competition (329.10). Freshman Claire Page (Tampa, Fla.)
backed up Salamone on the three-meter board, placing second (293.18),
while Dodson finished third (291.98).
The Owls took home the women’s 50-yard free title, captured by Jonna
Nyback in 24.47 and the FAU 200-yard free relay team swam to a
first-place finish with a time of 1:37.17, just out-touching the Gators
(1:37.18) by one-hundredth of a second.