Gators Win First Dual Meet of the Season Against Rival Florida State


  • Results
  • Hosted by Florida State University
  • Thursday, October 13th
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format


  • Men- Florida 170, FSU 130

  • Women- Florida 157, FSU 143

The Florida Gators brought home their first dual meet win of the season today after taking on their in-state rivals, the Florida State Seminoles, in Tallahassee.

Caeleb Dressel made his season debut for the Gators here after missing the All-Florida Invite. He topped the field with his 48.64 in the 100 back and 47.32 in the 100 fly, making him the only multiple individual event winner on the men’s side today.

Freshman standout Maxime Rooney earned his first collegiate dual meet victory today, pulling ahead in the 200 fly to win it in 1:49.49.

The Florida State men swept the sprint events today, with Chad Mylin winning the 50 free in 19.94 and Jason McCormick winning the 100 free in 44.37. Connor Kalisz also threw down a highlight performance for the Seminoles, clocking a 1:47.57 to win the 200 back.

A close battle on the women’s side saw the Gators come away with a victory by 14 points. Alyssa Yambor-Maul hauled in 3 individual wins for the team, sweeping the fly events with a 55.10 in the 100 and 1:59.70 in the 200. Her 3rd win was in the 200 back, where she clocked a 2:00.07 for the win.

Florida freshmen Emma Ball and Georgia Darwent each won an individual event, with Ball taking the 100 back in 55 and Darwent taking the 500 free in 4:54.74.

The Seminole women came up with 6 inidivdual event wins, include a sweep of the sprints with Nika Blank (23.34) in the 50 free and Brenna Ruth (51.43) in the 100 free. They also got a win from newcomer Michelle Turek, a sophomore transfer from Auburn, who posted a 1:49.61 in the 200 free.


With alumni on hand, the Florida State swimming and diving teams fell to Florida in the Sunshine Showdown presented by Fresh from Florida, in tight hard-fought battle at the Morcom Aquatics Center on Thursday, 157-143 (women), 170-130 (men).

“We fell short but we really did some awesome things today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said.  “It was our first time competing, but there was a lot of grit. We got beat in some places where we swam great. This was about us getting better. This was an incredible first step and it was an incredible first meet for me.”

The women’s meet started with FSU winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.56 behind the team of juniors Ariel Barber, Natalie Pierce, senior Lydia Ware and junior Alexi Smith.

The Gators answered with a one-two punch in the 1000 free, however sophomore Michelle Turek picked up her first win as a Seminole, taking the 200 free with a time of 1:49.61.

Pierce won the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.35, while junior Christina Loh followed in second with a 1:03.07.

After surrendering a one-two finish in the 200 fly, the Seminoles picked up some momentum with a sweep in the 50 free as freshman Nika Blank took home the win with a time of 23.34. Smith followed in second (23.39) and Ware was third (23.44).

Following the break, the Seminoles stayed hot in the sprints, posting another sweep in the 100 free as junior Brenna Ruth swam a 51.24, for her first career dual meet win. Blank was second (51.51) and Turek touched in third (51.59).

Florida answered with a one-two finish in the 200 back.

Loh rallied to win 200 breast with a time of 2:16.93, while Pierce grabbed third with a time of 2:17.84.

The Gators went into the final break with a 10-point lead after sweeping the 500 free and winning the 100 fly. Ware was second with a career best time of 55.48 and sophomore Lelia Johnston was third at 56.11.

In diving, freshman Ayla Bonniwell was victorious in her first collegiate meet, scoring 296.40 on 3-meter, while the Seminoles placed second, third and fourth on 1-meter as junior Blaire Mulka led with a score of 274.35. Redshirt junior Alexia Gonzalez returned to the lineup placing third (271.28) and Bonniewell was fourth (253.50).

Florida State made a push in the 400 free relay, winning with the team of Ruth, Turek, Blank and Ware with a final time of 3:23.44, but the deficit too big overcome after the Gators swept the 200 IM.

“Winning relays is huge,” Studd said. “We won some great races, on both sides which was awesome. We had alumni here cheering us on today and they’re proud of what our teams did.”

The men produced five wins and eight second place showings in the 16 events, including a sweep in the 100 free and 3-meter diving.

Senior Jason McCormick won the 100 free with a time of 44.37, just ahead of sophomore Emir Muratovic in second (45.33) and sophomore Kanoa Kaleoaloha was third.

Junior Chad Mylin picked up the first win of the day for the Seminoles in the 50 free, touching with a time of 19.94 while McCormick followed in second at 20.13.

In diving, junior Tyler Roberge dominated both 1-meter and 3-meter, winning 1-meter with a score of 344.18, almost 40 points ahead of second place. Roberge led the 3-meter sweep with a score of 383.40, freshman Aiden Faminoff was second at 326.78 and senior Dylan Grisell placed third at 311.55.

“Somedays you’re a windshield and some days you’re a bug, today Tyler was absolutely the windshield,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “He tweaked a few things over the summer and man it really showed out there. It’s early in our season but I thought our kids did well and competed hard.”

Junior Connor Kalisz won the 200 back leading from start to finish, touching with a time of 1:47.57.

Florida State will travel to Fort Myers, Fla. to face Florida Gulf Coast (women only) and Florida Southern on Nov. 4-5.

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4 years ago


Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Correct. Florida and Florida State are in-state rivals.

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

You would know 🙂

Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Yup, just like Phelps and Lochte were “rivals.”

4 years ago

Florida obviously didn’t set their A line up but FSU is a team to watch in the next couple years.

4 years ago

Dressel with the 19.15 anchor on the medley relay. LOVE IT!

Reply to  PKWater
4 years ago

Also with the 43.06 in the free relay at the end

Reply to  PKWater
4 years ago

If Dressel goes 18 high mid season i say he goes 17.89 by NCAA

Reply to  SomeGuy
4 years ago

Last year he went 18.77 I believe at a November meet. Then he went 18.20 at NCAA’s. Let’s see how faster he gets!

Reply to  Mike
4 years ago

He went 18.77 at the Ohio state invitational in late November. At this point I have absolutely no idea what he and Troy even work on form here. Maybe his power and walls?

4 years ago

17.72 and Troy shaves his head this time

4 years ago

Would love to see him swim the 2 IM this year at NCAA s. That would be fun

Reply to  Sean
4 years ago


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