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(SWIM) Gators Move Up at Austin (added UF's final meet Recap)

Discussion in 'Alligator Alley (other sports)' started by gatorjjh, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Madden Leads Gators on Day Two in Austin
    Chad Smith UF Sports
    Brooke Madden earned her first First-Team All-American honor on the 1-Meter on Day Two of NCAA Championships
    AUSTIN, Texas – Brooke Madden placed seventh on the 1-meter and led the Gators, as the University of Florida women's swimming & diving team returned to the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center for the second day of the 2019 NCAA Championships on Thursday. Florida is currently in 21st place with 21 points.
    After just two days, the Gators have scored 10 more points with 21, than they did in total at last year's NCAA Championships.

    Madden earned her first First-Team All-American honor with her performance on the 1-Meter. She collected a score of 314.55 and placed seventh. This is Madden's third time earning an All-American honor.
    From the coaches – Head Coach Jeff Poppell
    • "We were a little shaky today with a mix of good and bad."
    • "The highlights were definitely Brooke Madden's seventh-place finish on 1-meter earning First-Team All-American honors, Vanessa Pearl's 15th-place finish in the 200 IM at her first NCAA Championships and our 400 Medley Relay finishing 13th overall."
    • "Our (400 Medley) relay time in the morning was significantly faster than SECs and I believe the third-fastest all-time at UF."
    • "We're looking forward to a strong day tomorrow."
    Madden Leads Gators on Day Two in Austin - Florida Gators
     
  2. oragator1

    oragator1 Premium Member

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    They are in 19th after day three.
    Couple of overachieving performances but more were under than over., we should be doing a bit better. Lots of new faces there though in their first time there, so good learning experience.
    For reference, 2 years ago they didn’t score a single point at nationals, last year 35th, and this year top 20 is possible with a good last day.
    So steady improvement, hope it continues.
     
  3. gatorjjh

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    Fertel, Dressel Earn All-American Honors on Day Three, Gators Move Up in Standings
    Chad Smith
    Florida moved inside the top-20 after day three of NCAA Championships
    AUSTIN, Texas –The University of Florida women's swimming & diving team returned to the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center for the third day of the 2019 NCAA Championships on Friday. Kelly Fertel and Sherridon Dressel each collected a First-Team All-American honor, as Florida is currently in 19th place with 44 points.

    Fertel's and Dressel's appearances in their respective A Finals, along with Brooke Madden's A Final last night, are the first times Florida has earned a spot into an A Final since 2016.

    Fertel got the night started for the Gators with a First-Team All-American honor, the first of her career. Fertel posted a swim of 4:09.92 in the 400 IM. Fertel's eighth-place finish earned her the All-American status.
    Fertel, Dressel Earn All-American Honors on Day Three, Gators Move Up in Standings - Florida Gators
     
  4. gatorjjh

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    Gators Conclude Postseason on High Note at NCAA Championships
    UF Sports Chad Smith
    Florida closes out season with five total All-Americans
    AUSTIN, Texas –The University of Florida women's swimming & diving team closed out the 2018-19 season at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center for the fourth day of the 2019 NCAA Championships on Saturday. The Gators finished in 24th place with 44 points and collected five combined All-American honors.
    From the coaches – Head Coach Jeff Poppell
    "I'm very proud of the efforts of our women this weekend. They did a great job competing throughout the meet."
    "Our seniors, Hannah Burns and Georgia Marris, were outstanding today finishing up their UF careers with two great swims. As a team, although we didn't have the meet that we had hoped for this week, our freshmen gained some valuable experience and our upperclassmen had solid meets which included three top-8 All-American finishes, our school's first since 2016."
    "We made a conscious decision at the beginning of the season to place a primary focus on the SEC Championships however, unfortunately that made it more difficult to replicate the same performances in this environment 3.5 weeks later."
    "Overall, we had a phenomenal season with great improvements throughout and several special individual and team accomplishments. We're really looking forward to building on those things heading into next fall."
    Gators Conclude Postseason on High Note at NCAA Championships - Florida Gators