The Florida Gators Swimming and Diving team will look to continue their success from the All-Florida Invitational against LSU Saturday at the O’Connell Center Natatorium at 1 p.m.
The first 500 fans will receive a free Florida swimming and diving drawstring backpack. UF students can earn Rowdy Reptile points with their Gator 1 I.D.
The men’s and women’s squads are undefeated against LSU. This will be the 21st time the men have squared off and 14th time for the women. This is the first SEC meet for both Florida and LSU.
LSU’s men’s and women’s teams will face Florida State on Friday before the Gators on Saturday. This is the first meet for the men and the women are 1-0 after defeating Tulane.
The last time the Gators faced the Tigers at home was January 10, 2010. The seventh-ranked women’s team defeated LSU’s 21st-ranked squad 171-121. The sixth-ranked men’s defeated No. 18 LSU 157.5-134.5
LSU had one of its best seasons last year. The men had a fifth-place finish at the SEC Championship and 26th-place at the NCAA Championship. The women placed seventh and 14th in SEC and NCAA championships, respectively. Craig Hamilton, the only NCAA scorer on the roster, has the LSU record for the 500, 1,000, and 1,650 free.
In the Gators’ last meet at the All-Florida Invitational last weekend, the men’s and women’s squads finished first in the standing. The women accumulated five relay and fifteen individual wins for a total of 1,074 points. The men had four relay and nine individual wins to finish in first.
Senior Sarah Bateman and sophomore Elizabeth Beisel led the women’s squad with seven victories each. Bateman had three individual and contributed to four relay team wins. Beisel took home four individual victories and helped three relay teams be victorious. Beisel made NCAA “B” cut marks in each event she swam. For the men, SEC Male Freshman of the Week Matt Elliott had six wins, while sophomores Marcin Cieslak and Brad deBorde each had five victories.
1 Meter Diving (men & women)
400 Medley Relay 1,000 Freestyle 200 Freestyle 50 Freestyle 200 IM
3 Meter Diving (women)
100 Free 200 Back 500 Free
3 Meter Diving (men)
200 Breast 400 Free Relay
Gator Country reporter Sara Ladwig can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org