Gainesville, Fla. — The University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams are in action on Friday (Oct. 10), as the Gators host Southeastern Conference-rival LSU in the Stephen O’Connell Center Natatorium. The men’s and women’s three-meter dive will begin at 3 p.m. and swimming events will start at 4 p.m.
UF will look to keep its perfect record against the Tigers, as the Gators are a combined 34-0 all-time (Men, 21-0, Women, 13-0).
The Gators are coming off the Pinch a Penny All Florida Invitational, where the Florida men captured 13 individual titles and all five relay victories, while the Gator women notched six individual and two relay event wins en route to both teams fifth-straight Invitational title last weekend. In addition, UF registered 16 NCAA ‘B’ standard times throughout the Invite.
FLORIDA VS. LSU | FLORIDA MEET NOTES
LSU | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 | O’DOME NATATORIUM | 4:00 p.m. ET
- 2014-15 LSU Dual Record: W, 1-0 | M, 0-0
- Series Record: Florida leads: W: 13-0 | M: 21-0
- Last Meeting: 2011 in Gainesville: W, 171-122 | M, 185-115
“LSU is going to be a pretty good matchup for us, from the standpoint of having a dual meet at home early in the year. They’re a slightly stronger team then what Arkansas was for our women, so that will be a good challenge for us. For the men, it will be a good opportunity to see how we respond to a dual meet format.”
Head Coach Gregg Troy
Following last weekend’s Invite, Florida’s men hold the nation’s top times in seven events, including the 200-yard freestyle (Pawel Werner, 1:37.08), 500-yard free (Mitch D’Arrigo, 4:24.67), 200-yard backstroke (Corey Main, 1:45.51), 200-yard breaststroke (Matt Elliott, 1:58.05), 100-yard butterfly (Caeleb Dressel, 47.74), 200-yard individual medley (Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, 1:47.58) and the 400-yard IM (Elliott, 3:01.04).
For the women, Natalie Hinds holds the country’s top marks in the 100-yard free (48.95) and the 100-yard fly (53.44), while Jessica Thielmann has recorded the nation’s top-marks in the 500-yard free (4:47.82) and the 1,650-yard free (16:27.06).
The Gators also own the country’s top times in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay (Main, Werner, Dressel, Curby; 2:57.61), 800-yard free relay (Dressel, Werner, Kaisrlik, D’Arrigo; 6:35.42) and the 200-yard medley relay (Main, Elliott, Szaranek, Dressel; 1:28.61).
The Florida women lead the country in three relays as well, including the 200-yard free (Russell, Hinds, McKnight, Linn; 1:30.69), 200-yard medley (Russell, McKnight, Kuhn, Hinds; 1:40.22) and the 400-yard medley (Russell, McKnight, Hinds, Linn; 3:41.26).
Florida has a quick turnaround as both the men’s and women’s teams will compete at Kentucky on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in Lexington, Ky. This will be the women’s teams’ third SEC dual meet, while that meet will be the second for the UF men’s squad.
MARKETING & PROMOTIONS | FLORIDA vs. ARKANSAS
- The first 250 fans will receive a free Florida swimming and diving t-shirt
- Fans will receive a buy one get one free voucher to the Florida vs. Georgia volleyball match at 7 p.m. in the O’Dome
- Students can enter a contest to win front row tickets to the Florida vs. South Carolina football game on Nov. 26th
- Rowdy Reptile Rewards Check-in from 4-5 p.m. for three points
- Dance Marathon Check-in-Winning organization receives $250 towards their Dance Marathon contribution
The above is a press release submitted to SwimSwam by the University of Florida.