Gators Inside Top 10 at NCAA
By Will Pantages
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Florida women’s swimming & diving team saved its best for last, as the Gators earned seven All-American honors and scored 129 team points on the final day of the 2015 NCAA Championships. This week’s meet was held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
Overall, Florida finished the meet in ninth place with a team score of 129 points. UF has now finished in the top-10 at the NCAA meet for 15 consecutive years, tying the program’s second-longest streak as the Gators previously achieved this mark from 1982-96.
Individually, the Gators amassed 15 All-American honors and broke one school record over the course of the three day meet.
UF was led by junior Jessica Thielmann as she earned four All-American accolades. The Newcastle, England product captured three as an individual (500 Free, 1,650 Free, 400 IM) and one as a member of UF’s 800-yard freestyle relay squad. In addition, junior Natalie Hinds picked up three All-American tributes (100 Fly, 100 Free, 400 FR) bringing her career-total to 17. That number ranks her tied for 15th in school history.
On the boards, junior Kahlia Warner, who competed in her first-career NCAA Championships, earned her first-career All-American honor on day one of the championships as she placed sixth in the one-meter dive finals with a score of 321.75.
Warner became UF’s first diver since 2011 to earn an All-American honor and its second-ever female to earn the accolade on the one-meter board. Monica Dodson was the Gators last All-American diver and Megan Neyer (1982-86) was the last to accomplish the feat on the one-meter.
Florida will return its entire NCAA Championship squad next season.
Florida Swim Network