The first night of finals at the 2015 All-Florida Invitational took place in Gainesville at the University of Florida. Swimmers contested in the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free individually, with the 200 free relay and 400 medley relay book ending the session.
In a tight race to the finish in the men’s 500 free, Gator teammates Mitch D’Arrigo and Pawel Werner were separated by just 2 tenths of a second. In the end, it was Werner taking the win in 4:24.55 to D’Arrigo’s 4:24.75. In the women’s version of this event, Taylor Katz hit the wall first with a 4:50.31.
Caeleb Dressel took a win in one of his individual events, but it wasn’t one we see him in too often. Dressel posted a 1:47.87 to win the men’s 200 IM over teammate Mark Szaranek (1:48.36). With just a 4 minute break between events, Dressel then clocked a 20.42 in the 50 free that was good for 2nd. Winning that event was Corey Main in 20.18.
Those times for Dressel are a significant improvement from his starting point from last season. He was a full 5 seconds better today in the 200 IM than he was in 2014. Here’s a comparison with last season:
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In the women’s 200 IM, senior Ashlee Linn took the win over her freshman teammate Hannah Burns. Linn finished in 2:02.99, exactly one second ahead of Burns (2:03.99). Natalie Hinds came up with a win in the 50, clocking a 23.00.
To finish off the night for the women, Florida Gulf Coast’s Barabara Caraballo, Katie Armitage, Christina Elmgreen, and Katie Latham captured the 400 medley relay title. Their relay consisted of 3 freshman and one sophomore. They could be even more dangerous later on if they add their top freshman Elise Haan to that relay.
Full results from tonight’s session can be found here.