The Florida Gators dominated the first night of the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational at the GT Aquatic Center in Atlanta by winning 9 of 10 swimming events, including a super fast sprint show-down between Florida’s Caeleb Dressel and Georgia Tech’s Andrew Kosic.
After a day of men’s competition, the Gators (514) lead Georgia Tech (261), and FSU (253). The top three for the women after day one are, the Gators (408), Arkansas (253) and FSU (237).
Competition resumes Friday at 10 a.m. CST with the prelim session, which features the 400-yard IM, the 100-yard fly, the 200-yard free, the 100-yard back, the women’s 1-meter dive and the men’s 3-meter dive.
Florida Takes The 200-Yard Free Relay Titles
As expected, the Gators took charge of the women’s 200-yard free relay (1:28.94) defeating state rivals FST (1:30.76) and FGCU (1:30.89) by nearly two seconds. Arkansas finished fourth (1:31.07) to break up a potential all-Florida run of the top five finishes, as Miami (1:32.63) and FAU (1:33.61) finished fifth and sixth. The host Yellow Jackets were edged out by Colorado State for seventh.
The Florida crew was inside the NCAA ‘A’ standard of 1:29.49. It was Canadian Sinead Russell, who took it out for the Gators in 22.51, followed by individual medley specialist Lindsey McKnight (22.21) and a strong backend by Texan sprinter Natalie Hinds (21.66) and four-time All American Ashlee Linn (22.56).
The Georgia Tech men’s squad gave the home crowd something to cheer for in a dramatic men’s 200-yard relay, which resulted in three disqualifications. The Yellow Jackets and the Gators made it a two-team race. In the end, though, Florida was victorious (1:18.90) over the host team, who finished less than a second behind (1:19.75). Placing third two and a half seconds behind was Florida’s Indian River State College (1:22.24), who edged out FAU (1:22.52) for third. FSU’s A squad, the Gator’s B team and Georgia Tech’s B entry were all disqualified.
The Gator squad, who missed the NCAA ‘A’ cut by less than a second, started it off with Caeleb Dressel, who showed he was ready for the 50-yard free A Final by clocking a 19.68, followed by Christian-Paul Homer (19.75), then Enzo Martinez Scarpe (19.98) and anchored by Corey Main (19.49).
If the 200-yard free relay was Part One of the Dressel/Kosic showdown, then give it Kosic as he posted a 19.64 lead-off leg for the second-place Yellow Jackets.
Gators Flex 500-Yard Free Muscle
Gator and two-time All-American Jessica Thielmann turned the tables on the women who qualified in front of her this morning by winning the 500-yard free (4:37.82) over teammate Taylor Katz (4:42.79), who added three seconds from her prelim result, and Razorback Anna Mayfield (4:44.35), who dropped a half second from this morning’s effort. Thielmann, a U.K. native, played the prelim-final game well dropping 8.09 seconds from her morning effort, and exactly 10 seconds from her seed time. She did not, however, get an NCAA ‘A’ time, missing the mark by more than a second.
Oh, boy. It was big sweep for the Florida men, who took the top seven spots in the A Final. Senior and seven-time All-American Dan Wallace (4:14.53) beat out teammates Mitch D’Arrigo (4:16.94) and Pawel Werner (4:20.66) with an NCAA ‘A’ cut. All the Gators dropped time in the final, while the host team’s Yuval Safra (4:28.78) had a better showing in the prelims (4:25.94).
McKnight and Solaeche-Gomez Do It For Florida In The 200-Yard IM
Florida Junior and two-time All-American Lindsey McKnight won the women’s 200-yard IM (1:57.40) over Arkansas freshman Chelsea Tatlow (1:58.89), who edged out FSU’s Chelsea Britt (1:58.91) by 0.02 seconds. It was a best time for the Florida native by 0.42 seconds. McKnight set her best time at the 2013 SEC Championships, which is a good sign, considering Thursday’s night race was a mid-season performance.
Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez took the men’s 200-yard IM (1:44.16) over teammate Mark Szaranek (1:46.80), who beat out FSU Jason Coombs (1:48.91). The Spaniard Solaeche-Gomez, who is a nine-time All-American, did post an NCAA ‘B’ with his winning time and was only a second and a half away from an NCAA ‘A’ mark.
Hinds And Dressel Are Fastest Woman and Man Tonight
Florida Gator Natalie Hinds saved her sprint for the finals, as she won the 50-yard free (22.07) over FGCU’s Emma Svensson (22.18) and FSU’s Kaitlyn Dressel (22.55). Hinds mark is off her top result, when she swam 21.66 at last season’s NCAA Championships. The winning time is a season best for the 13-time All American from Midland, Tx.
After a head-to-head in the men’s 200-free relay lead-off leg, where Kosic bested Caeleb Dressel by 0.04 seconds with a 19.64, it was the freshman’s turn. Caeleb Dressel punched the wall with his best time this season (19.31), beating the veteran Kosic, who also reached the wall the fastest he has this season but missed equalling his best time by 0.02 seconds. Dressel’s teammate Corey Main takes third in 19.87, giving the crowd a treat with three men under 20 seconds.
Florida State Denies Gators A Sweep By Winning The Women’s 400-Yard Medley Relay
Florida’s swimming domination Thursday night ended at the hands of the FSU women, who defeated the Gators by 1.06 seconds in the 400-yard medley relay. Arkansas’s women nearly pushed the Gators to third spot, when they finished only 0.02 seconds behind the Florida women.
– fThe men’s 400-yard medley relay made sure the Gators ended the night’s swimming events the way they started it — with a win. The Gators (3:09.55) narrowly missed the NCAA ‘A” standard (3:09.40) as they beat host Georgia Tech by almost two seconds. FSU was a distant third (3:16.41). For Caeleb Dressel/Kosic watchers, Caeleb Dressel recorded a 46.02 100-yard fly split, while Kosic ended the night with a statement swim by clocking a 42.08 in his 100-yard free anchor leg.
FSU Takes Women’s 3-Meter Diving Title
FSU diver Katrina Young showed that you can also beat the Gators tonight if you get them away from the lane ropes and onto the boards. Young posted a 327.50 to take the 3-meter event over Ariana Milone (317.25) and Delaney Dye (308.80), who made sure the Gators reached the podium by taking third.
Schedule, Results and Video
Competition resumes Friday morning with preliminaries at 10 a.m. Friday’s finals begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, which is the final day of competition follows, the same schedule.
Live Video Links (scroll down to see schedule of available videos)
Team Scores – Top 5
- Florida – 408
- Arkansas – 253
- Florida State – 237
- Florida Gulf Coast – 189
- Florida Atlantic – 124
- Florida – 514
- Georgia Tech – 261
- Florida State – 253
- Indian River – 178
- Florida Atlantic – 111