It’s been awhile since the NCAA season has had some dual meet action, but Florida and Florida State tangled today in a long course matchup in Gainesville.
Georgia-Mae Hohmann had a spectacular day, helping the Gator women to a hefty victory with three big individual wins and a relay win to boot. She notched Olympic Trials cuts in the 100 back (1:02.72) and 200 back (2:13.06), and while she’s from England, that’s still a testament to her speed at this point in the season. Hohmann also won the 200 IM (2:20.24) and led off the winning 400 medley relay.
Florida got double wins from the likes of Taylor Katz, Lindsey McKnight, and Natalie Hinds. Katz swept the butterfly events, while Hinds stuck with her signature sprint freestyles.
McKnight, meanwhile, took both the 200 free (2:05.01) and 400 free (4:22.52). Notably, McKnight just this summer suffered broken bones in both legs after an accident while on vacation. She’s back, though, and swimming fast now.
Jessica Thielmann held strong in the 800, finishing first (8:57.84) just ahead of sisters Summer and Autumn Finke, who both finished under 9 minutes as well. Summer swims for Florida State, and Autumn swims for Florida.
Thielmann headed right into the 200 free next and grabbed 5th, then went on to put up the 2nd fastest 400 time behind her teammate McKnight.
Florida State got a win in the 100 breast thanks to Natalie Pierce (1:15.02), but the 200 belonged to Florida’s Hannah Burns (2:41.11).
The Gators took control of the 400 free relay to close out a 200-93 W over the Seminoles.
Caeleb Dressel and Jan Switkowski each were faster than the Olympic Trials standard on the day as the Florida men also rolled the Seminoles.
Dressel took first in the 100 fly (54.18) to clear the OT standard of 54.79, which is about two seconds short of his best time in the event from this summer. That would be his only individual win of the day. Connor Kalisz took out the 100 back a second faster than Dressel, and while the Florida sophomore took it back stronger in the second 50, Kalisz grabbed the win at 57.95 over Dressel (58.40).
In Dressel’s absence from the sprint free and breaststroke events, the Gators dropped the 100 breast at the hands of Jason Coombs (1:05.70) and FSU went 1-2-3-4 in the 50 free led by Chad Mylin (23.35).
Though he didn’t contend the event individually, Dressel did put up a solid 50.19 anchor leg on the winning UF medley relay.
The Gators wouldn’t be jostled by that, though. Switkowski, who is Polish and the defending World Championship bronze medalist in the event, touched first in the 200 fly (2:01.30) to dip under the Trials standard. He also collected a win in the 400 free (4:01.54).
Other wins for Florida included Arthur Frayler in the 1500 (15:55.70), Alex Lebed in the 200 breast (2:24.91), Pawel Werner in the 100 free (52.16), and Corey Main in the 200 back (2:04.06). Mark Szaranek also topped the 200 IM field with a strong 2:05.92.
After winning the 400 free relay, the Gators finished things up on top, 188-109.