Florida’s swimming & diving program ended its long stretch of meets on Friday, splitting with Georgia.
The No. 3 Gator men defeated the No. 12 Bulldogs, 179-121, while the sixth-ranked Georgia women topped No. 20 Florida. The UF men claimed the first victory over the Bulldogs since the 2013-14 season.

Both Florida squads started the meet out on a high note, winning the 200 medley relay. The women’s relay of Emma Ball, Paige Scheriger, Sherridon Dressel and Amelia Maughan posted a time of 1:41.15 to earn the victory.

The men’s relay of Michael Taylor, Chandler Bray, Jan Switkowski and Caeleb Dressel followed up with a win of their own, posting a swim of 1:26.73. Florida’s 400 freestyle relay of Khader Baqlah, Maxime Rooney, Mark Szaranek and Dressel closed the meet out on a high point, winning with a time of 2:58.43.

The men totaled seven individual wins to go along with their two relay wins. Jan Switkowski earned victories in the 100 fly and 200 fly, posting B-cut times of 47.02 and 1:44.35, respectively. He also won the 200 IM with a season-best time of 1:44.99. Classmate Caeleb Dressel also notched two wins in the 50 free and 100 free with B-cut times of 19.93 and 44.00.

Ben Lawless added another win this week, swimming a 9:05.41 in the 1,000 free to earn the victory, while Khader Baqlah posted a B-cut time of 4:24.07 in the 500 free to finish first.

The women recorded three individual victories to add onto their relay, beginning with Emma Ball’s 57.73 in the 100 back. The other two wins came on the boards, with Brooke Madden winning the 1-meter (316.58) and Teya Syskakis winning the 3-meter (315.53).

Florida’s men notched 15 B-cut times, with Switkowski leading the way with three. Baqlah, Dressel, Rooney and Taylor each recorded two as well. Clark Beach, Chandler Bray, Grant Sanders and Mark Szaranek rounded out the men recording NCAA qualifying times.  

Hannah Burns led the women with two B-cuts of her own, while Kelsey Dambacher, Sydney Sell and Emma Ball pitched in one apiece.

The Gators are back in action on Nov. 4 when the women compete against Florida Gulf Coast University at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium.

How it Happened – Swimming:

– The men recorded seven individual wins to go along with their two relay victories, led by Switkowski’s three individual first-place finishes.

– Ball was the lone woman swimmer to earn first, winning the 100 back.

– Florida’s men produced 15 NCAA B-cut times and the women recorded of their own against the Bulldogs.

– Florida dominated in the top-3, with the men recording 30 top-three finishes and the women registering 18 on the day.

How It Happened – Diving:

– Madden recorded a season-best score of 316.58 in the 1-meter on Thursday night. Teya Syskakis (269.03) and Emma Whitner (255.30) finished fourth and fifth on the 1-meter board. 

o Both Madden’s and Syskakis’ scores were Zone-qualifying.

– Goss and Farrow third and fourth against the Bulldogs in the 1-meter event. Goss posted a score of 290.85 and Farrow followed with a 281.03.

– Syskakis won the 3-meter on Friday, posting a score of 315.53, while Madden finished third with a score of 309.68.

– Goss (324.00) finished the 3-meter board in third place and Farrow (309.00) placed fifth.

Straight from the Source – Head Coach Gregg Troy:

– “We competed well today, especially after the long 10 days of meets against top-tier teams. On the men’s side, our middle-distance and distance guys have been strong for us. For the women, they put up a great fight against a good Georgia team.”

– “Competition like this is only going to help us improve come March and we are looking forward to the training time with a bit of time off.”

Straight from the Source – Diving Coach Bryan Gillooly:

– “It was a long week of meets, but our divers showed up and performed at a high level today. The Georgia divers are very good and made us compete at a high level. We really stepped up to that challenge and it is only going to help us later in the year. 

Meet Attendance:

– 494 fans attended Friday’s meet.

Up Next:

– The Gators return to action next Saturday as the women face Florida Gulf Coast University and the men compete in the Orange/Blue meet.

– The meet is slated to start at 10 a.m. and doors will open at 9 a.m.

Courtesy of Katie Callahan