UF Roundup: Gators finish 3rd at NCAAs


Published: Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:55 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS – Propelled by four national titles, the Florida men’s swimming and diving team placed third Saturday at the NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium.

The Gators scored 294.5 points over the four-day meet to earn third place, matching their best team finish under coach Gregg Troy. Florida finished third last year and in 2014. It also marks Florida’s 41st top-10 national finish all-time. The Gators have finished inside the top 10 at NCAAs every year since 2000 (Troy took on the men’s team prior to the 1999-2000 season).

Rounding out the meet’s national titles was Caeleb Dressel in the 100 free Saturday. The junior collected his third individual championship of the week behind an American, NCAA and U.S. Open time of 40.00. Dressel also won the 50 free and the 100 fly earlier this week. Mark Szaranek was the other Gator to win an individual title in the 200 IM.

The 400-free relay team of Dressel, Jan Switkowski, Maxime Rooney and Szaranek finished second in 2:46.21.

Texas won the meet with 542 points and California (349 points) was second.

LACROSSE

No. 3 Gators nab

eighth straight win

The No. 3 Florida lacrosse team took down the No. 13 Denver Pioneers 15-8 on Saturday to extend its winning streak to eight games. The 15 goals scored by the Gators (8-1, 2-0 Big East) were the most Denver (7-2, 1-1) had allowed in a game all season.

Florida used a 9-1 run stretching over 21 minutes of game action to take command of the game after being in a 2-2 tie with 20:23 remaining in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Caroline Benitez recorded the first goal and assists of her career during the run. Junior Shayna Pirreca led the Gator attack with three goals and three assists to tie her career-high of six points. Seniors Sammi Burgess (two goals, three assists) and Mollie Stevens (five goals) each chipped in five points. Stevens also added four ground balls and six draw controls.

FOOTBALL

2019 receiver recruit

gives verbal pledge

Florida’s 2019 class picked up a verbal commitment Saturday from a sizable in-state wide receiver

Frank Ladson Jr., a 6-foot-4, 170-pounder out of South Dade Senior High, gave UF his verbal commitment after taking an unofficial visit Friday to see Florida’s campus.

With Ladson’s verbal commitment, which is non-binding until he signs a national letter of intent, the Gators have three commits in the 2019 class.

— Graham Hall

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