ATHENS, Ga. – The Florida women’s swimming & diving team returned to the Gabrielsen Natatorium on Saturday to compete in the final day of the 2019 SEC Championships and finished the championship in second place with 1,023.5 points. Leah Braswell and Taylor Ault finished one, two in the 1,650 Free to start the finals out strong.
The Gators finished in second place, which is their highest finish since 2011 when they placed second.
Braswell and Ault made a statement in the 1,650 Free as the two finished first and second, respectively. Braswell clocked the fifth-fastest time in Florida history with a 15:53.54. Ault notched a career-best time of 16:00.52 and has the ninth-fastest swim in UF history. Georgia Darwent placed 12th with a mark of 16:18.54. Savanna Faulconer clocked a personal-best swim of 16:27.54 and placed 17th.
Sherridon Dressel posted a time of 1:53.51 and placed seventh in the 200 Back A Final. Sydney Sell collected a time of 1:55.47 and placed sixth in the B Final. Mabel and Rosie Zavaros finished the C Final in fourth and sixth, respectively. Mabel swam a 1:55.53 and Rosie clocked a 1:56.02.
Dressel finished third in the 100 Free B Final with a time of 48.73. Bella Garofalo recorded a career-best 49.18 and won the C Final. Kelsey Dambacher posted a personal-best time of 49.19 and placed second.
Vanessa Pearl notched a swim of 2:08.51 and placed sixth in the 200 Breast A Final. With a time of 2:14.22 in the C Final, Layla Black finished in sixth.
The 400 Free Relay team of Kelly Fertel, Dressel, Dambacher, and Garofalo recorded a time of 3:15.58 and finished in sixth place.
Dressel got the prelims started off strong for the Gators with her personal-best swim of 1:53.01 in the 200 Back. Her time was the seventh-fastest in prelims and the seventh-best swim in program history. Sell qualified for the B Final with her 12th-place finish and mark of 1:54.98. Rosie Zavaros posted the 19th-best swim in prelims with her career-best 1:55.83 and collected a spot in the C Final. With an effort of 1:56.01, Mabel Zavaros finished prelims in 21st and will swim in the C Final as well. Georgia Darwent placed 31st with a time of 1:57.29.
With a personal-best time of 48.65, Dressel placed 10th in the 100 Free prelims and made it into the B Final. Garofalo earned a spot in the C Final with her career-best swim of 49.29 and placed 18th. With a personal-best mark of 49.30, Dambacher finished in 19th and qualified for the C Final. Emma Ball finished with the 34th-best swim in the prelims with an effort of 50.04. Tori Bindi notched a swim of 50.22 and placed 42nd.
Pearl earned a spot in another A Final, after she posted the eighth-best time in the 200 Breast prelims with a mark of 2:09.52. Black secured a spot in the C Final with a swim of 2:12.29 and the 21st-best time. Adrianna DeBoer clocked a time of 2:14.63 and finished in 30th place.
1. Texas A&M – 1,107
2. Florida – 1,023.5
3. Kentucky – 927.5
4. Tennessee – 919.5
5. Georgia – 883.5
6. Auburn – 883
7. Missouri – 640
8. Arkansas – 517
9. South Carolina – 515
10. LSU – 489.5
11. Alabama – 515
12. Vanderbilt – 153
For a PDF of the results from the 2019 SEC Championship Meet, click here.