Florida men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams each claimed their eighth-straight All-Florida title on Sunday.
The men garnered 1,227.5 points throughout the weekend, topping Florida State’s 1,021.5 score. On the women’s side, Florida beat out both Florida State and Miami by posting 1,068 points.

The men came away with five individual wins and a relay win during Sunday’s finals session. With the 400 free relay win, the Gator men swept all five over the course of the weekend.

Ben Lawless, Clark Beach, Caeleb Dressel, Ross Palazzo and Jan Switkowski accounted for the individual wins on Sunday. Switkowski’s time of 1:47.55 in the 200 fly was good for a NCAA b-cut qualification. 

The women recorded four individual wins over the course of Sunday’s finals, with freshman Taylor Ault winning the first event of her collegiate career, posting a time of 16:50.91 in the 1,650 free. Georgia Darwent, Savanna Faulconer and Hannah Burns accounted for the other individual wins from the Gator women.

The Gators are back in action on Oct. 20-21, when they host Texas and Indiana at the Stephen C. O’Connell Natatorium. 

How it Happened – Finals:

– 16 men and 14 women competed in individual events during Day 3 of the All-Florida Invitational.

– The men won all five individual events during Sunday’s final session and took first place in the 400 free relay. That relay win meant the Gator men swept all five relays this weekend.

– Lawless kicked off the finals session with a win in the 1,650 free, finishing with a time of 15:32.43. C. Beach followed up with a win in the 200 back (1:47.56) and Dressel won the 100 free final with a time of 44.59.

– Palazzo took home his first individual win of the season, posting a time of 2:01.75 in the 200 breast, while Switkowski finished first with a b-cut time of 1:47.55 in the 200 fly.

– The relay team of Dressel, Khader Baqlah, Maxime Rooney and Switkowski posted a time of 2:57.76 to earn the victory.

– The women posted four individual wins on Sunday afternoon, with freshman Ault getting the first individual win of her career after posting a time of 16:50.91 in the 1,650 free. Darwent, who won the 200 back with a time of 2:00.72, followed Ault.

– Faulconer won the 200 breast with a time of 2:00.72 and Burns took first in the 200 fly, swimming a 2:02.48. 

How it Happened – Preliminaries:

– The women opened up Day 3 preliminaries with a sweep of the 200 back heats. Sherridon Dressel took the first with a time of 2:02.10, followed by Darwent winning heat 2 with a time of 2:00.07. Sydney Sell closed out the competitors by claiming first in heat 3 with a top-qualifying time of 2:00.27.

– Jan Switkowski and Clark Beach won two of the men’s 200 back heats, posting times of 1:51.39 and 1:47.56, respectively. Beach was the top qualifier in the event by over a second.

– Two Gators won heats in the women’s 100 free race, with Jessica Rodriguez claiming heat 1 with a time of 56.08 and Amelia Maughan won heat 5, swimming a 51.62.

– C. Dressel (44.92), Baqlah (45.20) and Gerry Quinn (46.64) each took a heat in the men’s 100 free, with Dressel earning the top seed for the final.

– The women took two of the three heats in the women’s breast, with Faulconer (2:19.17) and Burns (2:20.46) earning the top two seeds in Sunday’s final.

– Stanley Wu (2:04.57) and Palazzo (2:04.75) swept the men’s heats in the 200 breast and earned the top two seeds for the final session.

– Nikki Miller and Burns took heats 2 and 4, respectively in the women’s 200 fly. Burns earned the top qualifying time with a 2:05.03 and finished third overall with a time of 2:05.60.

– Ben Kennedy (1:54.21) and Switkowski (1:51.08) each won a heat in the men’s 200 fly, with Switkowski earning the top seed in Sunday’s final.

– Miller won her heat of the 1,650 free event, posting a time of 17:16.08.

All-Florida History:

– Both teams claimed their eighth-straight All-Florida title, with the men posting 1,227.5 points and the women finishing with 1,068 points.

– The teams have now won every title since the Invite’s inception in 2010 

Straight from the Source – Head Coach Gregg Troy:

– “It was an overall good weekend for us. It was a great opportunity for the freshmen to get comfortable in the NCAA format and everyone performed well.”

– “We are just going to look to start working on finesse and we look forward to improving each day.”

Stephen C. O’Connell Natatorium Attendance:

– Friday: 205

– Saturday: 354

– Sunday: 213

Courtesy of Katie Callahan