ATHENS, Ga. – The Florida women’s swimming & diving team returned to the Gabrielsen Natatorium on Friday to compete in day four of the 2019 SEC Championships and finished the day in second place with 788.5 points. Sherridon Dressel recorded the second-fastest swim in Florida history in the 100 Back.
Georgia Marris got the night started off for the Gators with an eighth-place swim of 1:56.15 in the 200 Fly A Final. Mabel Zavaros finished the B Final in sixth place with an effort of 1:57.95. Hannah Burns clocked a season-best time of 1:57.26 and finished the C Final in second place.
In the 100 Back A Final, Dressel earned bronze with her swim of 51.17. Emma Ball swam a 52.45 and finished in eighth place. Sydney Sell swam a 53.64 to place sixth in the B Final.
Adrianna DeBoer and Layla Black finished the 100 Breast C Final in third and fifth, respectively. DeBoer notched a time of 1:01.18, while Black collected a personal-best swim of 1:01.75.
Diving came up huge for the Gators as all four divers combined for 65 points towards the team score, as two divers made the finals. Brooke Madden finished the Platform in seventh place with a combined total of 228.75. Emma Whitner tallied 216.55 points and finished in eighth.
The squad of Dressel, Vanessa Pearl, Marris, and Bella Garofalo posted the fastest time in the 400 Medley Relay by the Gators this season. The team combined for a time of 3:31.91 and finished in sixth place.
Marris produced a career-best time of 1:55.94 and finished with the fifth-best swim in the 200 Fly prelims to make the A Final. Marris’ time is the ninth fastest in program history. Mabel Zavaros notched a personal-best mark of 1:56.68 and made the B Final with her 12th-place finish in prelims. Burns made the C Final as she clocked the 20th-fastest time with a swim of 1:58.10.
Dressel clocked the first NCAA A Cut time for the Gators in the 100 Back when she recorded the second-fastest time in Florida history with a personal-best 50.93 and posted the fastest time in prelims. Ball made the A Final with a sixth-place time of 52.28. With a career-best swim of 53.28, Sell collected the 13th-fastest time in the prelims, made the B Final, and has the No. 10 spot in the UF record books. Rosie Zavaros finished in 26th with her career-best 53.91 in the prelims.
DeBoer had the 19th-best swim in the 100 Breast prelims with a mark of 1:01.52 and made the C Final. Black also made the C Final with her time of 1:01.92 and placed 24th.
The Florida divers had a solid showing in the prelims as Madden and Whitner both made the Platform Finals. Madden paced the team with a tally of 254.05 and finished fifth. Whitner compiled a career-high total of 253.05 and placed seventh in the prelims. Elizabeth Perez placed 13th with a personal-best 230.50. Lauren Snider collected 217.25 points and placed 19th.
The Final day of the 2019 SEC Championships begins with the 200 Back prelims at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday.
1. Texas A&M – 871.5
2. Florida – 788.5
3. Tennessee – 709.5
4. Georgia – 677.5
5. Kentucky – 657.5
6. Auburn – 643
7. Missouri – 503.5
8. Arkansas – 420
9. LSU – 416.5
10. South Carolina – 392
11. Alabama – 312
12. Vanderbilt – 122