The no. 17 Florida women closed out the 2017-18 season at the NCAA Championships on Saturday.
The week featured three All-American performances, with sophomore Brooke Madden snagging honorable mention on both 1-meter and 3-meter. Sophomore Sherridon Dressel added an honorable mention accolade of her own in the 100 back to round out Florida’s All-Americans.
Florida finished the meet with 11 points, good for 35th place overall. This was an improvement from last year’s performance, when the Gators were scoreless. All but one of the Gators competing returns next season, bringing valued championship experience to the team.
Dressel led the way for the women in the 200 back, swimming a career-best time of 1:54.19 in the preliminary session. That was good for 29th place overall and third in heat 3.
Junior Sydney Sell finished her championship meet with a swim of 1:55.98 in the prelim, putting her seventh in heat 4 and 37th overall. Sophomore Emma Ball was the final Gator competing in the event, finishing 50th with a time of 1:58.64.
Senior Amelia Maughan ended her career as a Gator with a new personal-best time in the 100 free preliminary session. She finished 29th overall with a swim of 48.75, which ties her with Dressel for the 9th-fastest time in UF’s program history.
Sophomore Kelly Fertel posted a time of 2:12.96 to take fourth in heat 1 of the 200 breast. That time was just .04 off her personal-best and put her 48th overall in the field.
Junior Hannah Burns finished 30th overall in the 200 fly preliminary, posting a time of 1:57.24. That swim was good for fourth place in heat 2.
400 Freestyle Relay
The 400 free relay team of Dressel, Maughan, Kelsey Dambacher and Bella Garofalo was disqualified in the preliminary heat due to an early takeoff.
Madden placed 43rd in the platform preliminary, recording a score of 199.15. She previously finished 13th in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events to earn All-American honors.
Freshman Taylor Ault finished seventh in heat 3 of the 1650 free, posting a time of 16:14.57, putting her 27th overall. Sophomore Savanna Faulconer notched a fifth-place finish in heat 1 of the 1650, recording a time of 16:30.72, good for 37th overall.
Straight from the Source – Head Coach Gregg Troy:
On performance during week:
– “We had some real bright spots where we made improvement, but there are also spots where we need to get better. We’re certainly not where we want to be and it is not the type of performance we want to see out of the women, but it is drastically better than last year. We have addressed our weaknesses in recruiting. We took a beating, recruiting-wise, for a couple of years for a variety of reasons. We have a great recruiting class coming in and we’re bringing back some really strong people who raced here this year.”
– “We are moving in the right direction. We just have to look at our training program to see where we are. We have been much better at the conference level, so we have to see how to hang on to that a bit longer. It is a good attitude and we are moving in a good direction.”
On Amelia Maughan’s final race:
– “Amelia showed a lot of character, which is going to help everyone here in the future. She fell a little short yesterday and lost focus, but she came back today and corrected it. It’s a good thing for Amelia and a good thing for the program.”
Final Team Standings:
- Stanford – 593
- California – 373
- Texas A&M – 299
- Michigan – 267
- Louisville – 232
- Texas – 221.5
- Tennessee – 180.5
- Indiana – 168
- Virginia – 161
- Minnesota – 157
T-35. Florida – 11