Gator Teams are #2 at Georgia Teach Invite

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Georgia Tech Invite
Photo: FloridaGators.com

By Layne Wetzel

ATLANTA – Florida capped its appearance at the Georgia Tech Invitational with a pair of second-place finishes from the No. 9 men and No. 16 women. The men earned 1,252 points over the course of three days, and the women earned 922.5 points.

The Gators closed out Saturday with two more event wins to put their meet total at 12. Caeleb Dressel took first for the fourth time in the 100 free, touching in an A-cut 41.60. Along with Alabama’s Luke Kaliszak, Dressel was the only swimmer to earn individual A-cut times at the invite, and he did it three separate times this weekend.

Jan Switkowski added his second individual title in the 200 fly, stopping the clock in a B-cut 1:43.42.

Although they finished second in the 400 free relay, the men’s A-squad of Maxime Rooney, Mark Szaranek, Dressel and Switkowski earned another A-cut time, finishing in 2:51.10.

In the diving well, Florida competed on platform for the first time this season and didn’t miss a beat. Teya Syskakis pulled in 23 points for the women off another second-place finish in which she scored 258.85 points, qualifying for zones. Abigail Howell, finishing in 11th place with a 210.65 score, and Brianna Felegi, placing 20th with 190.35 points, combined for 13 points toward the women’s team total.

On the men’s side, Dylan Power and Dalton Goss both finished inside the top 10. Power earned 19 points with his 292.35 score and sixth-place finish, and Goss placed 10th to earn 15 points with his 265.75 score.

Felegi and Goss also completed exhibition dives on the platform, and with a 227.25 score from Felegi and a 345.90 score from Goss, they earned their first zone qualifying scores.

GILLOOLY’S TAKE ON DIVING
“It was a great last day for the Gator divers. We were really looking at the platform events as more of a chance to train, being that we are still out of the O’Dome and practice time has been very limited. The divers were extremely tough under the circumstances and didn’t let that affect them. Teya’s second-place finish was a tribute to her hard work and mental toughness, but the highlight for the team today was qualifying two more divers to the zone championships, bringing our total to eight divers. Juniors Dalton Goss and Brianna Felegi both qualified on their last dives of the meet. I’m very proud of the whole team.”

Florida returns to Atlanta in a week and a half for the AT&T Winter National Championships, which run from Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Saturday, Dec. 3.

TEAM SCORES
Men
1. Alabama (1269)
2. Florida (1252)
3. Georgia Tech (1036.5)
4. South Carolina (880.5)
5. East Carolina (383)
6. BYU (188)
7. Auburn (149)

Women
1. Auburn (1142)
2. Florida (922.5)
3. Alabama (909.5)
4. South Carolina (710)
5. Arkansas (630)
6. Florida Gulf Coast (514)
7. Georgia Tech (513)
8. East Carolina (275)
9. Campbell (163)
10. Georgia Southern (156)
11. Clemson (99)

FLORIDA’S WINS
Men’s Events
50 free – Caeleb Dressel (19.28)
100 fly – Caeleb Dressel (44.86)
*100 free – Caeleb Dressel (41.60)
*200 fly – Jan Switkowski (1:43.42)
200 free – Maxime Rooney (1:34.82)
200 IM – Caeleb Dressel (1:42.77)
400 IM – Jan Switkowski (3:44.45)
500 free – Mitch D’Arrigo (4:16.87)
800 free relay – A-team (Jan Switkowski, Maxime Rooney, Mark Szaranek, Mitch D’Arrigo) [6:21.88]

Women’s Events
100 back – Emma Ball (52.53)
200 free – Amelia Maughan (1:45.68)
800 free relay – A-team (Amelia Maughan, Kelsey Dambacher, Savanna Faulconer, Niki Urquidi) [7:13.20]

*titles won on Saturday