The Gator men strengthen their lead over Florida State on Day 2 of competition, leading the Seminoles 847 to 749. The women finished Day 2 with 756 points, giving them a 35-point lead over the Seminoles. The Miami women are currently in third place with 417 points. 

The women had five competitors qualify for two finals during the Day 1 preliminary round. Savanna Faulconer swam in the 400 IM and 200 free finals, while Kelly Fertel competed in the 400 IM and 100 breast. Fertel posted a b-cut in the 400 IM preliminary round, finishing with a 4:19.23.

Emma Ball and Sherridon Dressel both qualified for the 100 fly and 100 back finals and Hannah Burns rounded out the women, competing in the 200 free and 100 breast finals.

The women claimed four individual event wins and one relay win, with Faulconer leading the way with two first place finishes. She finished the 400 IM with a time of 4:16.01, a b-cut time, and swam a 1:50.27 in the 200 free.

Ball and Dressel each picked up an individual win as well, with Ball swimming a b-cut time of 53.50 in the 100 back. Dressel topped the 100 fly field after posting a time of 55.57, almost a second faster than her prelim.

Taylor Ault, Faulconer, Nikki Miller and Dressel claimed the top spot in the 800 free relay, finishing with a time of 7:22.91.

Caeleb Dressel, Maxime Rooney, Jan Switkowski, Clark Beach and Mark Szaranek each qualified for two individual finals, leading the way for the men. Dressel competed in 100 fly and 100 breast, while Rooney and Beach raced in the 100 back and 200 free.

Switkowski swam in the 400IM and 100 breast, while Szaranek rounded out the men with two finals, swimming in the 400 IM and 200 free.

Rooney won two individual events during Day 2’s final session, posting a b-cut time of 1:37.02 in the 200 free and a 48.93 in the 100 back.

M. Szaranek, Dressel and Stanley Wu rounded out the men who won individual events on Saturday. Szaranek finished first in the 400 IM with a time of 3:57.15 and Dressel topped the 100 fly field another b-cut time of 46.89.

Wu earned his first individual win of the season, posting a time of 55.42 in the 100 breaststroke.

The men’s team swept the relays for the second day in a row, with Michael Taylor, Wu, Switkowski and Dressel swimming a 1:28.65 in the 200 medley relay. Dressel earned another relay victory in the 800 free relay, this time alongside C. Beach, M. Szaranek and Rooney. The squad finished with a time of 6:36.59. 

Brooke Madden was once again the top scorer on the women’s side for diving, recording a score of 317.93 on the 3-meter.Teya Syskakis followed closely behind, finishes in third place with a score of 309.45. Dalton Goss led the men, posting a score of 294.00 on the 1-meter board, followed by Alex Farrow in sixth with a score of 269.48.

The Gators are back in action for Day 3 of the All-Florida Invitational beginning Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Finals will begin at 12 p.m. Times and scores can be found on the Meet Mobile app and follow @GatorsSwimDv for updates throughout competition.

How it Happened – Finals:

– 10 Gator women competed in individual events, with Ball, Burns, Dressel, Faulconer and Fertel each racing in two events. 

– 15 men raced in individual events for the Gators, Dressel, Rooney, Switkowski, C. Beach and M. Szaranek swimmin­­g in multiple finals.

– Rooney and Faulconer led the way with two individual wins apiece, while C. Dressel, M. Szaranek, Wu, Ball, Fertel and S. Dressel each claimed one individual win.

– The men’s relays were dominated by the Gators, being swept for the second day in a row and the women picked up a win in the 800 free relay.

How it Happened – Preliminaries:

– For the second straight day, the Gators began competition by sweeping all of the heats in the first event. Makayla Sargent (4:22.44), Fertel (4:19.23 – top qualifier, b-cut) and Faulconer (4:21.11) claimed the three heats in the women’s 200 IM.

– Jan Switkowski (3:57.78 – top qualifier), Grant Sanders (4:01.42) and Mark Szaranek (3:58.93) completed the sweep of the 400 IM on the men’s side.

– S. Dressel and Georgia Marris both won finals in the women’s 100 fly, posting times of 56.52 and 57.17, respectively.

– C. Dressel was the lone Gator on the men’s side to win a heat in the 100 fly, posting a b-cut time of 48.13 to earn the number one seed in the final.

– The women won four of the five heats in the 200 free, with Nikki Miller (1:52.61), Marris (1:52.97), Burns (1:52.16) and Amelia Maughan (1:51.41 – top qualifier) claiming first-place finishes.

– Erge Gezmis (1:42.76), Clark Beach (1:41.74), Jack Szaranek (1:39.63), Khader Baqlah (1:42.05) and Rooney (1:36.76 – top qualifier, b-cut) accounted for the Gator men’s sweep in the 200 free.

– Paige Scheriger earned her first individual heat win in the 100 breast, posting a time of 1:04.93.

– The men swept the 100 breast heats, with Stanley Wu (56.01 – top qualifier), Chandler Bray (57.35) and Dressel (56.77) accounting for the wins.

– The men and women combined for take six of seven heats in the 100 back to close out the preliminaries. Bella Garofalo (1:02.04), Sydney Sell (56.58) and Ball (55.73) won heats for the women, while C. Beach (50.52), Michael Taylor (50.55) and Rooney (49.58 – top qualifier) claimed the men’s heats.

Straight from the Source – Head Coach Gregg Troy:

– “We had another great day today. We are seeing a lot of good swims for this time of the year.”

– “I have seen a tremendous improvement in this sophomore class, both physically and with their maturity.”

Straight from the Source – Diving Coach Bryan Gillooly

– “We had a great weekend, FSU is a tough, experienced team, but I think we performed really well. This early in the season it isn’t about making sure we are perfect, it is about getting the dives off.”

– “It was great to be in the O’Dome and see some local faces cheering us on.”

Courtesy of Katie Callahan