The Gator men came out of Day 1 on top with 367 points through Day 1. The women are second behind Florida State by one point, finishing Day 1 with 323 points.

Mark Szaranek, Jan Switkowski and Khader Baqlah led the men’s side during the first day, each qualifying for three individual events during the finals session. Szaranek and Switkowski both swam in the 500 free final and the 200 IM final, while Baqlah competed in the 50 free and 500 free events.

Switkowski claimed two individual wins on Friday night, posting a time of 4:25.04 in the 500 free and 1:48.93 in the 200 IM.

Caeleb Dressel closed out the individual races for the men, swimming a b-cut time of 19.21 to win the 50 free.

The men swept both relays, with the A team of Dressel, Switkowski, Enzo Martinez-Scarpe and M. Szaranek winning the 200 free relay with a time of 1:19.26.

Dressel and Switkowski then teamed up with Clark Beach and Chandler Bray to win the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:17.13.

On the women’s side, Savanna Faulconer, Sherridon Dressel and Kelly Fertel each participated in two finals. Faulconer and Fertel both swam in the 500 free and 200 IM, while Dressel competed in the 200 IM and 50 free.

Faulconer won the women’s 500 free with a time of 4:52.34 to claim her first individual event win of the season. Fertel, who posted a time of 2:02.42 to win the women’s 200 IM final, followed Faulconer.

Brooke Madden and Alex Farrow were the two top divers on Day 1 of the meet, with Madden scoring a 296.03 on the 1-meter to place second overall for the women. Farrow posted a career-best score of 323.48 on the 3-meter to finish fourth on the men’s side.

The Gators are back in action for Day 2 of the All-Florida Invitational beginning Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Times and scores can be found on the Meet Mobile app and follow @GatorsSwimDv for updates throughout competition.

How it Happened – Finals:

–       Nine Gator men raced in individual events during the finals session, with Szaranek, Switkowski and Baqlah each competing in two individual finals.

–       Six women competed for the Gators in individual events during the finals portion, with Faulconer, Fertel and Dressel swimming in two races.

–       Switkowski took home two wins for the men and Dressel brought home one, while Faulconer and Fertel claimed top finishes in two of the women’s individual events.

–       The men swept both relays and Florida’s A and B squads placed first and second in the 400 medley relay.

–       Florida’s A relay finished second in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:32.84. In the 400 medley relay, the A relay posted a time of 3:42.69 to finish second.

 How it Happened – Preliminaries:

–       The women and men topped each heat in the 500 free, with Elisavet Panti (5:12.74), Jillian Hatch (5:07.96), Fertel (4:56.65), Faulconer (4:54.50 – top qualifier) and Makayla Sargent (4:57.66) taking the five women’s heats.

–       Erge Gezmis (4:40.19), Khader Baqlah (4:31.44), Switkowski (4:29.75 – top qualifier) and M. Szaranek (4:30.60) swept the men’s 500 free heats.

–       In the women’s 200 IM, Sherridon Dressel (2:05.50), Hannah Burns (2:05.91) and Faulconer (2:04.10 – top qualifier) claimed heats 3, 4, and 5, respectively.

–       On the men’s side, the five heats were all won by Gators, with Ethan Beach (1.56.15) taking the first, C. Beach (1:54.62) taking the second, Caeleb Dressel (1:52.50) claiming the third, Switkowski (1:51.35) winning the fourth and M. Szaranek rounding out the competitors in the fifth with a top-qualifying time of 1:51.32.

–       Sydney Sell was the lone Gator to win a heat in the women’s 50 free, taking the third heat with a time of 25.10.

–       Dressel and Michael Taylor each won a heat in the men’s 50 free prelims, with the senior winning heat 3 with a time of 20.24 and the freshman taking heat 1, posting a time of 21.64. 

First-Time Gators

–       Three new Gators found their way onto relay teams in the final session, with Bettina Boszormenyi swimming in the women’s 200 free relay. C. Beach was on the winning men’s 400 medley relay, posting a time of 3:17.13 and Taylor was on the “B” squad, who finished second with a time of 3:19.05.

–       Five newcomers won heats in the preliminary round on Day 1 of competition (C. Beach, E. Beach, Gezmis, Hatch and Taylor)

–       Diver Emma Whitner scored a 200.55 in her first collegiate meet, followed by Boni Trinter who posted a 197.40 in her first competition.

Straight from the Source – Head Coach Gregg Troy:

–       “This was a nice way to start the beginning of the season. There were a lot of great races. The format forces you to swim fast in the morning, which is a great learning experience for our newcomers.”

–       “There were a lot of performances where people stepped up and the enthusiasm was great. We are ready for a strong rest of the weekend.”

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