The University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 after it defeated Florida Gulf Coast 219-79, at the FGCU Aquatics Center, on Saturday. Vanessa Pearl, Mabel Zavaros and Sherridon Dressel led the way for the Gators.

Dressel, Pearl, Mabel Zavaros, and Bella Garofalo collected the Gators’ first win on the day, as they combined for a 1:44.15 in 200-yard medley relay. Sydney Sell, Layla Black, Georgia Marris, and Kirschtine Balbuena placed third, with a group effort of 1:46.90.

In the 1,000-yard freestyle, Hannah Burns led the field with a swim of 10:06.49. Leah Braswell finished close behind with a 10:06.56. Nikki Miller completed the sweep with a time of 10:06.81.

Tori Bindi, Taylor Ault, and Jillian Hatch added another sweep for UF in the 200-yard freestyle. Bindi posted a swim of 1:49.82. Ault swam a 1:51.78 for second place. Hatch recorded a 1:51.94 for third.

Emma Ball led the field with a 55.76 in the 100-yard backstroke. Celi Guzman finished in second place with a time of 56.99.

Pearl notched her first individual event win in the 100-yard breaststroke with a mark of 1:03.13. Adrianna DeBoer swam a 1:05.37 on her way to a third-place finish.

With a swim of 1:58.75, Mabel Zavaros collected her first individual victory on the day in the 200-yard butterfly. Kelly Fertel added a third-place finish for Florida, with a time of 2:03.47.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Dressel posted a first-place finish in a time of 23.41, her first individual event win on the day. Garofalo came in third with a mark of 23.89.

Brooke Madden and Elizabeth Perez took the top-two spots in the 1-meter diving. Madden tallied a score of 293.92 for first, while Perez finished with a score of 287.62.

After a short rest, Dressel was back in the pool for the Gators as she clocked a 50.25 to win the 100-yard freestyle. Bindi posted a second-place time of 51.26. Hatch added another podium finish with a swim of 52.23 and completed the sweep for Florida.

UF claimed another sweep in the 200-yard backstroke. Sell earned the fastest time, with a time of 2:02.95. Georgia Darwent placed second with a mark of 2:04.86. Rosie Zavaros swam a 2:05.54 and placed third.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Black led the field with a 2:17.22. Savana Faulconer finished in third after she posted a swim of 2:19.55.

Braswell and Bettina Boszormenyi placed first and third, respectively in the 500-yard freestyle. Braswell clocked a time of 4:58.79, while Boszormenyi swam 5:07.43.

Mabel Zavaros added another first-place swim in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.62, which made the NCAA B cut.

In the 3-meter diving, Teya Syskakis and Lauren Snider placed first and third, respectively. Syskakis’ combined total was 291.67. Snider tallied a 289.05 in her dives.

Pearl earned her third victory of the day in the 200-yard individual medley with a swim of 1:59.82, which made the NCAA B cut.

In the final swim of the day, Garofalo, Fertel, Balbuena, and Ault won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a combined effort of 3:26.23.

From the coaches – Head Coach Jeff Poppell

  • “That was a tough three days of racing, taking into the consideration the travel each day and the outdoor heat, but I thought the women did a fantastic job approaching each meet as a new opportunity.”
  • “We varied our meet lineups each day which allowed us to see a lot of swims from everyone on our roster.”
  • “I think we’re all pretty excited with our starting point for the season!”

From the coaches – Diving Coach Bryan Gillooly

  • “The third meet in three days was definitely challenging from an energy standpoint, but we ended on a really good note.”
  • “Overall we had four female divers qualify for the zone meet, but more importantly I saw a lot of great potential in the team.”
  • “These meets weren’t about results as much as they are about the process. We’ve made a lot of changes already and saw a lot more that need to be made.”
  • “These girls are up for the challenge and highly motivated. After a couple days of well-earned rest, we will be ready to get back to work.”

Up Next

  • The Gators travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Oct. 11
  • Florida battles LSU in the SEC opener at 5 p.m.