Florida Women Show Out On Senior Day With Decisive Win Over UNF

Florida vs North Florida (W)

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • Ann Marie Rogers Swimming and Diving Pool, Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.
  • Full Results (PDF)
  • Final Score: Florida 176, North Florida 74

The University of Florida women celebrated Senior Day in style on Wednesday, rolling to a dominant victory over North Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

The Gators ended up sweeping all 14 events on the day, finishing with a final score of 176-74, making some of the final swims from Florida athletes officially entered as exhibition.

“Today was a big day for us,” Florida head coach Jeff Poppell told Florida Athletics. “It was an opportunity to honor our seniors at their last home competition as Gators, a season-ending competition for another group of athletes, and a valuable opportunity to fine tune and prepare for the upcoming SEC Championships for several others.”

Picking up two individual events for the dual was Talia BatesKatie Mack and Adrianna Deboer, with Vanessa Pearl also posting the fastest time in two events but with one entered as exhibition.

Bates, a sophomore, topped the 200 free early in the meet in a time of 1:45.05, going under her previous best time of 1:45.29 set at the Auburn Fall Invite in November.

Bates followed up with a second best time in winning the 100 fly, clocking 52.77 to get under her old best of 52.82 set back in November of 2018. Those two swims also put Bates into 10th and ninth on Florida’s all-time list, respectively.

Mack, also a sophomore, doubled up in the 50 and 100 freestyle, sliding under her personal best times in 22.34 and 49.00, respectively. The 50 free ranks her ninth all-time for the Gators.

DeBoer, one of the seniors honored by the Gators prior to the dual, edged out freshman teammate Cecilia Porter in the 100 breaststroke, 1:00.66 to 1:00.73, and also picked up the official win in the 200 breast, hitting a best of 2:13.90.

Junior Vanessa Pearl put up the fastest time in the 200 breast at 2:09.45 as exhibition, and then won the 400 IM in 4:12.20. Freshman Kathleen Golding, racing the event as exhibition, led Pearl at the 200, ultimately falling behind on breast to post the second-fastest time at 4:12.43.

Along with Mack and Bates, first-year Amanda Ray jumped to #5 on the Gators’ all-time performers list by dropping over two seconds to win the 200 fly (1:55.26), and sophomore Tylor Mathieu took over 10th in the 200 breast in her 2:12.53 exhibition swim.

OTHER WINNERS

  • Senior Taylor Ault (9:47.99) won the 1000 free over Golding (9:50.12), with Ault producing the second-fastest swim of her career, just off her 2016 best of 9:47.12.
  • Ault posted the second-fastest time in the 500 free in 4:45.55, just behind freshman teammate Elise Bauer (4:45.47). Bauer, 18, was less than a second off her best time set in November (4:44.76).
  • Florida juniors Katherine Minnich (53.81) and Celismar Guzman (54.03) went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke, with freshman Lain Shahboz a close third in 54.09.
  • Another set of juniors, Canadian Rosie Zavaros and Annette Schultz, topped the 200 back in times of 1:56.38 and 1:56.49, respectively.
  • Florida won both relays easily, going 1-2 in the 200 medley with the winning squad posting a 1:38.30, anchored by Mack in 21.88, and in the 400 free, Bates had the top split leading off in 48.23 as the Gators put up a time of 3:16.46.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, with Florida travelling to Auburn to take on the Tigers and North Florida hitting the road to battle Georgia Southern.

You can read the full Florida press release here and the North Florida release here.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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