UF men's swimming capture 5th straight league title


Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:35 p.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Florida men's swimming & diving team captured its fifth straight SEC Championship on Saturday night, scoring 1271.5 points over the five-day meet.

The Gators have won 38 men's conference titles in program history, which is rivaled only by Kentucky men's basketball's 47 titles in the history of the SEC.

The women's team, consisting of mostly freshmen and sophomores, placed seventh overall with 624 points. They capped off the night with a silver medal in the 1650 free, which marked their best event finish of the week.

Rounding out the week's event titles Saturday were Caeleb Dressel in the 100 free and Maxime Rooney, Mark Szaranek, Jan Switkowski and Dressel in the 400 free relay.

Dressel became a back-to-back SEC champion in the 100 free, touching in 41.24, which marked the fastest time in the nation this year. Dressel is voted Male Swimmer of the Meet.

The 400 free relay lineup broke an 11-year streak of Auburn taking first in the event. Florida timed an A-cut 2:47.09 in the race. The Gator men have swept every relay.

Senior Autumn Finke became this week's first and only Gator on the women's side to stand on the podium. Finke, who specializes in distance free, placed second in the 1650 free A-final with a season-best B-cut of 16:06.64 and collected 28 points for the women's team.

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