Dressel, Gibson Take 3 Wins Apiece As Florida, Texas A&M Split Dual

MEET FACTS

  • Full Results
  • College Station, Texas
  • Saturday, November 5
  • 25 yards
  • Men: Florida 159, Texas A&M 141
  • Women: Texas A&M 171, Florida 124

The Florida Gators and Texas A&M Aggies split their dual meet in College Station on Saturday, with the Texas A&M women and the Florida men emerging victorious.

The Texas A&M women got things back on track after suffering their first loss of the season on Thursday to Texas, and now sit with a record of 3-1. The Florida men, however, got their first win since their opener on October 13th. After tough bouts with Indiana, Texas, and Georgia- they’re back in the win column with a record of 2-5.

WOMEN (171-124 Texas A&M)

Texas A&M asserted their dominance throughout the women’s meet, winning 12 of 16 events to take the meet easily by a score of 171-124.

Leading the way for the Aggies was senior Sarah Gibson, who won three individual events, touching 1st in the 1000 free, 200 fly and 100 fly. She was the only female to earn multiple individual victories.

Seven other individual winners carried the team to victory, with Jorie Caneta (100 breast) and Ashley McGregor (200 breast) sweeping the breaststroke events, Beryl Gastaldello (50 free), Claire Rasmus (200 free) and Katie Portz (500 free) with some freestyle wins, and Bethany Galat picking up the win in the 200 IM.

The other winner for the Aggies was Kaley Batten, who won the 3-meter diving with a score of 292.13

Despite the loss, Florida had some very strong performances, including two freshmen picking up wins as  Emma Ball (100 back) and Kelsey Dambacher (100 free) got the job done in their respective events.

Also winning for Florida was sophomore Sydney Sell (200 back) and diver Brooke Madden (1-meter).

Texas A&M won both relays, going 1-2 with their ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams in the 200 medley to start off the meet, and just out-touching the Gators 3:22.72 to 3:22.81 in the 400 free to finish it off.

MEN (159-141 Florida)

In a closer battle, the Florida men just got by Texas A&M by 18 points, winning nine events to the Aggies seven.

Junior Caeleb Dressel was a standout for the Gators, winning all three of his individual events. Dressel finished tops in the 200 free, 50 free and 200 IM. Also grabbing a pair of wins for Florida was Italian Olympian Mitch D’Arrigo, who touched 1st in the 500 and 1000 free.

Mark Szaranek (200 fly), Jan Switkowski (100 free) and diver Sam Smith also grabbed wins for Florida to propel them to victory.

Though they fell short of the win, Texas A&M  saw particularly impressive performances from Brock Bonetti and Mauro Castillo Luna, who each had a pair of wins in their respective strokes. Bonetti swept the backstroke events, while Castillo Luna did the same in the breaststrokes.

Also winning for Texas A&M was Turker Ayar in the 100 fly and Tyler Henschel in the 3-meter diving.

In the relays, the Aggies just got by Florida in the opening 200 medley relay by four-one-hundredths, and then Florida got them back to seal the win with a decisive victory in the 400 free to close the meet off.

PRESS RELEASES

Florida

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Florida ended its busy week with a split at Texas A&M. The eighth-ranked Gator men defeated the Aggies 159-141, while the 18th-ranked Gator women fell to the 14th-ranked Aggies 171-124.

The Florida men took nine of the 16 events in the meet. Caeleb Dressel led with three titles in the 50 free (19.68), 200 free (1:35.99) and 200 IM (1:46.17), and all of his times qualified as NCAA B-standard.

Mitch D’Arrigo was second on the men’s team, getting it done in distance free with two titles in the 500 free (4:28.44) and 1000 free (9:08.90). Fellow Olympian Jan Switkowski also won two titles – one individual in the 100 free with a B-standard 44.25 time and another as a part of the 400 free relay team. The Florida A-team of Switkowski, Maxime Rooney, Jack Blyzinskyj and Enzo Martinez-Scarpe combined to win the relay in 2:58.78.

Mark Szaranek rounded out the men’s wins with a 1:48.44 time in the 200 fly.

On the women’s side, two female Gators defended their backstroke titles they won on Thursday at Arkansas. Emma Ball repeated in the 100 back with a B-standard 54.49 time, while Sydney Sell also won the 200 back for the second time in three days at 1:59.42.

Freshman Kelsey Dambacher showed poise in the 100 free, beating out Texas A&M counterpart Raena Eldridge by .01 seconds in the 100 free. Dambacher touched at 50.81, capturing the first individual dual-meet title of her career.

In diving, the Gators split the two events. Samuel Smith took the 3-meter men’s title with 377.03 points, an NCAA-qualifying score, and Brooke Madden won the 1-meter for the women with 259.43 points.

Teya Syskakis also registered another NCAA-qualifying score with her runner-up finish in the 1-meter, while Dylan Power and Smith qualified in the 1-meter.

Florida is off next week and will resume competition at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, which runs from Thursday, Nov. 17 to Saturday, Nov. 19.

TROY’S TAKE ON SWIMMING
“The women had a good weekend. We had some marked improvement over what we’ve done before. They raced really well in both meets (against Arkansas) and an extremely good Texas A&M team, and while we were on the short end of the score, we had some young people who stood out well. Coming on the heels of traveling to Arkansas, I thought they responded very well.

“On the men’s side, it was a good team performance – lots and lots of close races. Caeleb Dressel and Mitch D’Arrigo were outstanding today. It was good to leave Texas A&M with a win on the men’s side.”

GILLOOLY’S TAKE ON DIVING

“It was a great performance for the entire team today. Texas A&M has an outstanding group of divers, one of the best we have faced off against this season. Our divers have been coming off some intense early season training and were able to battle through fatigue, especially the women coming off back-to-back meets. Sam Smith had a very impressive win today on 3-meter against some of the best divers in the country, and a breakthrough win for freshman Brooke Madden on 1-meter as she gets better with each competition. The whole team continues to learn and progress as we prepare for the Georgia Tech Invitational in two weeks.”

FLORIDA’S WINS

Men’s Events
3-meter – Samuel Smith (377.03)
50 free – Caeleb Dressel (19.68)
100 free – Jan Switkowski (44.25)
200 fly – Mark Szaranek (1:48.44)
200 free – Caeleb Dressel (1:35.99)
200 IM – Caeleb Dressel (1:46.17)
500 free – Mitch D’Arrigo (4:28.44)
1000 free – Mitch D’Arrigo (9:08.90)
400 free relay – A-team (Jan Switkowski, Maxime Rooney, Jack Blyzinskyj, Enzo Martinez-Scarpe) – 2:58.78

Women’s Events
1-meter – Brooke Madden (259.43)
100 back – Emma Ball (54.49)
100 free – Kelsey Dambacher (50.81)
200 back – Sydney Sell (1:59.42)
*400 free relay – A-team (Sherridon Dressel, Mollie Pulte, Kelsey Dambacher, Amelia Maughan) – 3:22.81

*Texas A&M’s times counted as exhibition times

GATORS AT A GLANCE
Men: 2-5 overall, 1-1 SEC (dual meets)
Women: 2-6 overall, 1-2 SEC (dual meets)

Texas A&M Women

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 14 Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team moved to 2-0 in Southeastern Conference competition after a 171-124 victory over the No. 18 Florida Gators on Saturday at the Student Recreation Natatorium.

“I thought we had some very solid swims. We are moving toward our invite in two weeks and we had a lot of season best times tonight,” head coach Steve Bultman said following the meet. “We had some really good swims Thursday, but some people that swam the same events tonight swam even faster. That is good to see.”

The Aggies won 12 out of 16 events while claiming at least the top two spots in eight races and logging more than a dozen NCAA qualifying cuts. Posting multiple wins for Texas A&M was senior Sarah Gibson with a trio of first-place finishes. Clinching single individual victories were senior Ashley McGregor, juniors Bethany Galat, Béryl Gastaldello and Jorie Caneta, sophomore Claire Rasmus and freshmen Katie Portz and Kaley Batten.

A first-team or honorable mention All-American in seven events last year,  Gibson, from San Antonio, Texas, continued her dominating senior season with victories in the 1,000-yard freestyle, the 100 butterfly and the 200 butterfly. Gibson won the 1,000 free in 9:49.15, and then posted NCAA “B” cuts of 53.68 in the 100 fly and 1:57.59 in the 200 fly.

The Aggies went 1-2 in the 200 free with Rasmus winning in 1:48.30 followed by junior Kristin Malone in 1:48.71. Caneta led a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 breast in a time of 1:00.79 and junior Franko Jonker right behind in 1:00.94, which were both NCAA “B” cuts. Gastaldello and teammate Raena Eldridge went 1-2 in the 50 free with Gastaldello winning in a “B” cut time of 22.26. The Aggies grabbed the top four spots in the 200 breast with all four swimmers logging “B” cuts, including McGregor’s winning time of 2:12.44. Portz led a 1-2 finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:53.34. The Aggies logged another 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 IM with Bethany Galat (2:00.48) and sophomore transfer Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo (2:01.46) both tallying “B” cuts.

In the diving well, Batten grabbed a first-place finish in the three-meter dive with a score of 292.13 and was second on the one-meter board (256.43)

In their second home meet, the Aggies once again opened and closed the meet with relay victories. The Aggie foursome of junior Lisa Bratton, Caneta, Gastadello and Eldridge touched first in the 200 medley relay in 1:39.49, and the group of Rasmus, Portz, sophomore Natasha Gvakharia and Gastaldello finished first with a time of 3:22.72 in the 400 free relay.

Texas A&M Men

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team dropped a narrow 159-141 decision to the defending Southeastern Conference Champion and No. 8-ranked Florida Gators on Saturday at the Student Recreation Natatorium.

“You hope to put your guys into some competitive situations and that is what dual meets do. We knew coming in that it was Florida and we know who they are. I thought that our guys did a great job competing with them,” Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. “The score could have been a little different, but it came down to a race. Opening up with the 200 medley relay win was huge. As soon as that happened, I knew that we had a shot to make this really interesting. It was a good meet. All of this is just getting us ready for the SEC Championships, which is where we need to be our best and qualify for the NCAA meet.”

Texas A&M claimed victories in six races, including the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet. The foursome of junior Brock Bonetti, junior Mauro Castillo, sophomore Mateo Gonzalez and senior Jacob Gonzales rallied past the Gators for a winning time of 1:28.00. Trailing by nearly a half-second after backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly legs, Gonzales’ quick 19.77 freestyle split gave the Aggies the victory by .04.

Grabbing multiple individual victories on the day for the Aggies were Castillo and Bonetti, who both swept their specialties – the breaststroke and the backstroke while logging NCAA “B” qualifying cuts. Castillo won the 100 breast in 54.18 and the 200 breast in 1:57.53, while Bonetti finished first in the 100 back in 48.02 and the 200 back in 1:44.62.

Earning an individual victory, senior Turker Ayar swam an impressive 48.33 to clinch first place in the 100 fly and also placed second in the 200 fly (1:49.58).

Aggies grabbing runner-up finishes were sophomore Angel Martinez in the 200 free (1:40.19), Gonzales in the 50 free (20.29), sophomore Ben Walker in the 200 breast (2:01.41) and freshman Adam Koster in the 100 free (45.12).

The diving team scored high for the Aggies with a 1-2-3 finish in the one-meter dive. Junior Tyler Henschel topped the leader board with a 390.00 dive. Henschel was followed by sophomores Sam Thornton and Skylar Lake.  On the three-meter board, Henschel took second with a score of 360.98, while Lake was third with 332.40.

The Aggies closed the meet with a runner-up finish in the 400 free relay with the foursome of Gonzales, Koster, Ayar and junior Justin Morey touching in a time of 3:00.74.

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I want to see Dressel swim 200 IM, 200 Free, 100 Free at NCAAs. He can win 200 IM and get a time in the 50 leading off the relay. And I think he can go 1:29 before Haas does.

I don’t think this is a good idea at all. NCAAs is about scoring points, remember, these coaches are paid to score as high as possible for their school at ncaas. That is literally their job. Dressel will certainly score more points in the 50 than the 200 IM. The only one who can maybe upset him is Held. While in the 200 IM he would have to deal with Licon, Kalisz, and Murphy. Honestly, he wouldn’t beat any of them. 200 free I agree with, I think he has a lot of potential in that race. Can’t see him beating Haas however.

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If you could swim 5 individual events, he’d definitely do the 200 IM…but, that’s not the case. Agreed with the statement above. I’d be shocked if he lost the 50, and not that surprised if he lost the 200 IM although he probably has a good shot of winning that too. The IM competition is fierce. I think the ONLY thing he should consider changing is the 100 fly for 200 free and even that’s a toss up. Still think he’s probably better at the 100 fly especially short course. He’s going to be racing Haas or Schooling either way…that’s tough however you slice it. I think his best events are 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 200 free, and… Read more »

I don’t think he would win the 2IM or go 1:29

I dont know about 1:29 bucks i think hes atleast got a 1:31 in him. 1:35.9 is impressive for a guy known for 50 and 100… not evem some of thr best in the ncaa can do 1:35 untapered. Crazy things coming in the 100 free by march gauranteed.

I’d love to see 200 free, and he’s a great all around sprinter, but 200 IM is already loaded with Licon, Murphy, Kalisz, and others. 100 and 50 free are, in my opinion, events he “has” to do. Looking at 100 fly, I feel like there are more big names (Schooling, Josa, Conger come to mind), and in the 200 free there’s Haas, maybe Conger (?), Rooney (please), but I feel like he would have a better chance of getting 2nd at least in the 200 free than 2nd in the 100 fly, but I don’t know.

A&M women are loaded this year. Gastaldello may have only won 1 event, but her other individual event was an off event (2Back) and the rest of her times were pretty impressive. 23.17 fly split, 48.56 relay anchor, 22.26 50 free which equals the top time posted so far this year.

It would be devastating to see Dressel drop the 50. I think he has a strong chance to go 17. With his 200 free being 1:33.95 i don’t think he would pull off an 1:29. I think that he should stick to the 50/100 free and 100 fly because he was only .4 from being 43 in fly and it would just be incredible to see a 17/39 combo

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James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs, where he is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 11th season as a competitive swimmer.

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