Women’s S&D leads GT Invitational

The University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team stays ahead of the competition with 742.5 points at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Florida State is in second with 682 points.

Elizabeth Beisel won her first event of the weekend with spotting a 4:07.88 in the 400 IM, four seconds ahead of the nearest competitior. Teresa Crippen placed third in the same even with a 4:14.61 mark. Both times were good enough for NCAA “B” cuts.

The Gators were able to post a one-two finish in the 200 free. Jamie Bohunicky was victorious with a time of 1:46.14. Natasha Fung followed with a time of 1:46.49.

Sarah Bateman and Hilda Luthersdottir were runner-ups in their respective events and earned NCAA “B” cut times. Bateman posted a time of 56.68 in the 100 fly, while Luthersdottir came in at 1:02.35 in the 100 breast

The Gators continued their success the relays. Beisel, Luthersdottir, Bateman and Ellese Zalewski finished in second for the 200 medley relay but with a time of 1:41.95, they were able to earn a NCAA “B” mark. Crippen, Beisel, Fung and Bohunicky blew the competition out of the water with a time of 7:14.29 in the 800 free to best second-place Florida State by eight seconds.

From the diving boards, Kaylee Doback was able to earn 252.10 points on the one-meter boards for 12th place. Danielle Risley finished in 11th with 276.5 points on the three-meter boards.

The Georgia Tech Invitational concludes on Sunday with preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 3 p.m.

Team Rankings after Day 1:


1. Florida 742.5

2. Florida State 682

3. Georgia Tech 588.5

4. Virginia Tech 466

5. Miami 404.5

6. Florida Gulf Coast 358

7. Clemson 229.5

8. Florida Atlantic 218

9.  Auburn 122

10. Alabama 23

Gator Country reporter Sara Ladwig can be reached at sladwig@gatorcountry.com