UF Roundup: Florida men's swim team picks up more SEC wins

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:47 p.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Florida men continued their streak at the SEC Championships of winning at least one swimming title during each day of competition, repeating as 400 medley relay champions to total seven event wins through four days.


SunTrust Gator Invitational

The Florida men’s golf team looks to defend its home turf this weekend as it hosts the SunTrust Gator Invitational.

UF is out to win its home tournament for the first time since 2011. A season ago, the Gators came in third place, which was its best result since 2012. Sophomore Sam Horsfield will try to build off his performance from last year’s tournament where he tied a first round record, 63 (-7), en route to a second-place finish at 201 (-9).

“It’s very important," UF coach J.C. Deacon said. "It’s our course, our city and we’re welcoming everyone here, including a lot of family and friends. It’s important for us to show how much work and time we’ve put in and obviously the guys are really proud of their school and this course, and they want to put on the best show as they possibly can.”

The Gators are coming off individual and team victories at the Sea Best Invitational, where Florida swept the event for the second-consecutive year. At the Sea Best two weeks ago, UF shot an 836, which was its best score of the year.

The two-day, 54-hole event is being held at the par-70, 6,701-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course and tees off at 8 a.m. today.

Bayley Main (earning his first SEC win), Chandler Bray, Jan Switkowski and Caeleb Dressel served as Friday's lineup for the Gator relay and combined for a 3:04.52 time, which marked an A-cut and pool record. The quartet shaved almost six seconds off their seed time of 3:10.48.

The women utilized their same lineup from the 200 medley relay earlier in the week, sending out Emma Ball, Kelly Fertel, Alyssa Yambor-Maul and Sherridon Dressel. The four swam in the first heat alongside and placed second at 3:37.15, improving on their seed time of 3:39.75.

Both the men’s and women’s sides retained their spots in the team standings through day four, with the men at first and the women at seventh.

On Thursday, UF freshman Maxime Rooney added the men’s 200 free title to his resume, timing an A-cut 1:32.18 and breaking his own 17-18 national age group record from earlier today in prelims. Rooney also helped Florida to the 800 free relay title earlier this week. Rooney was part of a 1-2 Gator punch in the event’s finals, with teammate Khader Baqlah also earning a second-place spot on the podium at 1:33.65.

That was the second Florida 1-2 finish of the night. Juniors Caeleb Dressel and Jan Switkowski also placed 1-2 in the 100 fly, both timing A-cuts. Switkowski clocked a 45.59, while Dressel set a new school record of 44.21 and three-peated as the SEC 100 fly champion. His time ranks fourth-fastest ever and breaks his own SEC meet record of 44.80, set last year.

Mark Szaranek nearly won a third medal for Florida tonight in the 400 IM, dueling with three-time SEC champion Chase Kalisz throughout the race. Szaranek made it close, finishing in the runner-up spot by just .33 seconds with a 3:36.54 A-cut and breaking Conor Dwyer’s 3:37.75 school record in the process.

Competition continues this Saturday morning with 200 back, 100 free and 200 breast prelims beginning at 10 a.m. The men will also hold platform prelims beginning at 1 p.m., and eight heats of the 1650 free are scheduled to start at 2:40 p.m. The two fastest 1650 free heats (one men’s and one women’s) will swim during finals. The finals of those aforementioned events plus the 400 free relay will start at 6 p.m. to wrap up the championships.

Softball: No. 1 Florida improved to 8-0 with two wins on the opening day Friday of the Aquafina Invitational at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium following an 8-1 win over Florida A&M and 9-3 over Northwestern State.

Kayli Kvistad and Chelsea Herndon had RBI singles to stake UF to a 3-0 lead after the first inning in the win over FAMU (0-7). Kelly Barnhill (2-0) was the winning pitcher while Katie Chronister earned her first save.

Kvistad was the hitting star in the second-game win over Northwestern State (4-3), belting a two-run home run in the first inning and later an RBI single.

Delanie Gourley (4-0) picked up the win on the mound in relief of starter Aleshia Ocasio.

The Gators play Maryland at 11:15 a.m. Saturday and follow against Northwestern State at 1:30 p.m. Florida's final game of the tourney schedule is at 11:15 a.m. Sunday with FIU.

Men's tennis: At Charlottesville, Va., No. 10 Texas (10-1) got out of the gates quickly and held on for a 4-2 win over No. 7 Florida (6-2) Friday in the opening round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at The University of Virginia.

Florida got its wins at the top two singles slots, Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco, respectively.

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