NCAA Season Heats Up Monday with First Major Dual Clash: Florida vs. Virginia

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 7

October 11th, 2010 College

The 2010-2011 NCAA Swimming Season really ramps up this week, led-off by the first major dual meet of the season on Monday afternoon. The Virginia Cavaliers men and women will travel to Gainesville to match up with the Florida Gators.

The Virginia Men finished 10th at NCAA’s last year, and the Florida Men were 5th. The Gator women are the defending national champs, and the Lady Cavaliers were 9th. Here are some things to watch in each meet.


  • Both squads are losing a valiant leader who was formerly the face of the program. Mei Christensen (Virginia) and Gemma Spofforth (Florida) were both backstrokers and keys to many relays. In the 100, Virginia and Lauren Smart will have an advantage, whereas in the 200, the edge on replacements should go to Teresa Crippen. Depending on the meet lineup that the coaches choose, this could be a swing point for the whole meet.
  • Florida will be swimming their first dual meet coming off of their National Championship season. This team has a lot of versatility, and it will be interesting to see how they shuffle their lineup around.
  • Watch for results from Virginia super-soph Lauren Perdue. She was our NCAA Freshman of the year last season based on her performance in the sprint freestyles, and is a National Title contender in the 50 and 100 this season.


  • Scot Robison and Matt McLean are coming off of superb Long-Course Nationals performances. I am curious to see how well they will carry that swimming back into the NCAA season and short course distances.
  • Conor Dwyer is the reigning NCAA Men’s Swimmer of the Year, and will be gunning to defend that title this season. After the graduation of Shaune Fraser, this is his team to lead.
  • The Virginia men seem to be on an upward swing, and the Florida Men might be on a slight downtick after last season. Put those together, and this should be a very competitive meet. This is one where I’m confident that both coaches will have largely A-lineups running, because a win here would be a very nice way to start the season.

First start begins at 1 PM Eastern Time. We will recap the meet tonight, and stay tuned for later this week, when we will present highlights for the exciting week of action to come.

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13 years ago

the question is now: does smart’s addition put USC in national contention now? she doesn’t really help them on relays but their relays were already solid…but this helps their depth big time. they will definitely be hard to beat in a dual meet!!!

13 years ago

sorry it is lauren smart that is transferring….both are studs and the loss is huge for uva but a gain for someone?!

13 years ago

Lauren Purdue is not swimming this semester. I think she is transferring!

13 years ago

headlines are wrong…should be FL vs UVA
any live results?

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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