By Benjamin Schmitz
The University of Florida women’s swimming and diving teams opened up the 2016 NCAA Championships tonight, swimming to a 16th-place finish in the 800-Yard Freestyle Relay. It was the only event swam tonight, which puts UF in 16th-place with two points after Day One competition.
Maughan opened the Gator Relay, clocking a time of 1:47.46 in her leadoff split. At the exchange, Hinds pushed the Gators ahead with a time of 1:45.05. Florida was in seventh-place at the midway point.
Thielmann swam the third leg of the event and clocked a time of 1:46.72 before Linn anchored in fourth, touching the wall at the 7:04.79 mark. Linn’s split of 1:45.06 was the second fastest on the relay and helped push the Gators into a fifth-place finish among the heat.
Florida Head Coach Gregg Troy on the Relay
“We put in a lot of work leading up to this race and we didn’t finish where we would have liked to,” said Troy. “We thought we could have gone faster. We showed up and swam to the best of our abilities but it just wasn’t there today.”
In NCAA swimming and diving, athletes and relay teams who make the championship final (top eight) are considered First-Team All-Americans. Athletes and relay teams that qualify for the consolation final (determines places 9-16) are considered Honorable Mention All-Americans.
With tonight’s Top-16 finish, the Gator relay has earned an honorable mention All-American status.
Looking Ahead at Tomorrow’s Events (10 AM Prelims | 6 PM Finals)
Diving Trials – 1 meter: Kahlia Warner
200 Freestyle Relay: Florida (TBD)
500 Free: Jessica Thielmann, Autumn Finke, Taylor Katz, Amelia Maughan
200 IM: Ashlee Linn, Hannah Burns, Georgia-Mae Hohmann
50 Free: Natalie Hinds
400 Medley Relay: Florida (TBD)