The University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team won their first ever Georgia Tech Invitational on Sunday with 1,196.5 points. They won four relay and four individual races over the weekend. Florida State followed with 1,031 points.
“We started the meet out strong Friday and continued with that same momentum throughout the weekend to clinch first,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “We had some good swims for the women throughout the weekend, and for this point in the season, I’m pleased with where we’re at right now.”
The squad was able to win an individual and relay race with five, top-three finishes on Sunday.
U.S. National Team members Elizabeth Beisel and Teresa Crippen both earned NCAA “B” cut times in two separate events. In the 200 back, Beisel picked up her second win of the meet with a time of 1:55.57, and Crippen earned third with a time of 1:57.10. In the 200 fly, Beisel was second with a time of 1:58.38, and Crippen was fourth, stopping the clock at 2:00.65.
The Gators finished in second and third in the 200 breast. Hilda Luthersdottir came in at 2:15.02, and Rebecca Rainer finished at 2:15.08. Both times were good enough to make NCAA “B” marks.
Alicia Mathieu also had a NCAA “B” cut time in the 1,650 free, stopping the clock at 16:28.53 to finish in third. Jamie Bohunicky was sixth in the 100 free with a time of 50.63.
In the 400 relay, Sarah Bateman, Beisel, Bohunicky and Natasha Fung teamed up to clinch first place for the women’s swimming and diving team by a victory of posting a time of 3:21.65. The women’s relay team took four out of five relay events over the weekend.
On the diving boards, Dainelle Risley and Kaylee Doback earned scores of 240.65 and 213.20, respectively. Risely finished ninth out of 37 competitors, while Doback was 14th in total points.
1. Florida 1,196.5
2. Florida State 1,031
3. Virginia Tech 874.5
4. Georgia Tech 606
5. Miami 564.5
6. Florida Gulf Coast 508
7. Clemson 338.5
8. Florida Atlantic 331
9. Auburn 194
10. Alabama 46
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