Szaranek, Rooney Race To Photo Finish in 200 FR At All-Florida Invite


The Florida freshmen continued to impress on day 2 of the All-Florida Invitational, as newcomers Savanna Faulconer and Emma Ball won their first collegiate races tonight. Faulconer was the 400 IM champ, clocking the only sub-4:20 time with her 4:19.73, while Ball won the 100 back in 56.65.

Notably, on the men’s side, freshman Dakota Mahaffey was the fastest man in the 100 back with a 50.96, though he swam exhibition tonight as only the fastest 3 swimmers from each team in prelims advance to the final.

Florida’s Mark Szaranek put up one of the highlights of the night with a win in the 200 free, as well as the fastest split of the field in the men’s 800 free relay. Individually, Szaranek won the race in 1:39.90, coming home hard on the final 50 to out-touch freshman teammate Maxime Rooney (1:40.07). He was almost 2 seconds faster than that on his relay anchor split, rolling to a 1:37.91 to pull the Gators ahead of Nova Southeastern for the win despite a 4-second deficit heading into the final leg.

Nova Southeastern’s Thiago Sickert and Anton Lobanov brought home individual wins for the host team tonight. Sickert won the 100 fly in 49.21, while breaststroke standout Lobanov cruised to victory with a 56.23 in the 100 breast.

Additional Event Winners:

  • Women’s 200 Medley Relay- Florida, 1:43.36
  • Men’s 200 Medley Relay- Nova Southeastern, 1:32.36
  • Men’s 400 IM- Andrew Brady (UF), 4:01.19
  • Women’s 100 Fly- Alyssa Yambor-Maul (UF), 56.26
  • Women’s 200 Free- Amelia Maughan (UF), 1:53.04
  • Women’s 100 Breast- Evita Leter (FGCU), 1:05.16
  • Men’s 100 Back- Tyler Silver (UF), 51.19
  • Women’s 800 Free Relay- Florida, 7:36.68
  • Men’s 800 Free Relay- Florida, 6:44.52

Women’s Team Scores Through Day 2 Finals:

  1. Florida- 765
  2. FGCU- 669
  3. Miami- 464
  4. Nova Southeastern- 388
  5. Kesier University- 27

Men’s Team Scores Through Day 2 Finals:

  1. Florida- 779
  2. Nova Southeastern- 623
  3. Keiser University- 405

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Pretty fast times but not that great. Even if theyre tired thats not a good time for either rooney or szaranek.


Florida is known for doing plenty of yardage, add that to the fact that it’s the first dual meet and I’m not worried at all. Gregg Troy is a fantastic coach, he knows what he’s doing

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Florida Men & Women did a workout before each session; it’s a young group, but a talented group that poised to continue to improve all year.


Seeing these results, I really hope Florida is the most tired they’ve ever been.


Rooney 1:40.07 individual NOOOOOOOO! Hopefully his yardage is through the roof right now.


7000 yards before meet started.

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