UF Roundup: Swimming & Diving split with Vols

Published: Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 9:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 9:31 p.m.

Florida's swim and dive team capped its regular season Saturday with a split against Tennessee on Senior Day in front of an O'Connell Center Natatorium crowd of 1,021.

The 10th-ranked Florida men defeated No. 20 Tennessee 183-117, extending their win streak over the Volunteers to nine straight years.

The women's race was more of a battle that came down to the final event, the 400 free relay. No. 15 Tennessee won that last relay, sneaking by the 20th-ranked Gators 151-149.

Florida honored its seven seniors – Jack Blyzinskyj, Mitch D'Arrigo, Alex Dehner, Autumn Finke, Georgia Hohmann, Taylor Katz and Alyssa Yambor-Maul – prior to the swimming events.

Blyzinskyj collected two wins in the 100 and 200 back with season-bests of 47.53 and 1:45.82, respectively. He also combined with teammates Chandler Bray, Jan Switkowski and Caeleb Dressel to take the meet-opening 200 medley relay in 1:25.83.

Dressel took three events – the 50 free in an A-cut 19.08, the 200 free in 1:35.29 and the 200 IM in 1:46.12. Bray, who took care of the breaststroke in the 200 medley relay, also handled the 200 breast, touching first in 1:59.18. Switkowski added an individual win in the 100 fly, timing out at 47.19. He also anchored the 400 free relay A-team of Maxime Rooney, Mark Szaranek, Enzo Martinez-Scarpe and himself.

On the women's side, Seniors Taylor Katz and Autumn Finke added two last wins to cap their careers at home. Distance freestyle specialist Finke won the 1000 free in 9:50.90, and Katz the 200 fly in 1:59.70.


Gator men, women cruise to wins

The Florida men's tennis team rolled through UNC Wilmington on Saturda, 4-0, at the Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators advanced to the championship match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at 11 a.m. today when they face conference opponent LSU.

On the women's side, No. 1 Florida defeated DePaul, 6-1. The Gators (1-0) will play the FIU-USF winner at 2 p.m. today.


Gators post 6 national top 10s

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Florida logged six times and marks ranked in the NCAA Division I top 10 Saturday, including a national lead from KeAndre Bates, and it posted eight times and marks to the program's all-time indoor top 10 to close the Razorback Invitational.

After tying his triple jump personal record of 16.42 meters (53 feet, 10.5 inches) on his fourth jump, Bates broke off a 16.66-meter (54 feet, 8 inches) leap on his next run. Bates' new PR improved his No. 5-ranked mark on UF's all-time indoor top 10, and tied Arkansas' Clive Pullen for the national lead.

Also in the triple jump, sophomore Yanis David topped her PR by a centimeter and her season-best by two centimeters to win the competition. David's top mark of 13.51 meters (44 feet, 4 inches) improves her hold on the No. 2-ranked mark in Division I.

Barnett won the women's invitational 400 meters with a time of 52.07 seconds.

Senior and Puerto Rican Olympian Andres Arroyo took the 800 meters crown in 1:47.25, just 1.05 seconds off the school record he set last season.

— Special to The Sun

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