SEC Update – Florida Gators
Sam Smith wins Diver of the Week
The University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams added three swimmers to their list of NCAA Division I “B” standard qualifiers, and four divers posted new qualifying standards in a dual meet at Minnesota on Oct. 10. Those marks helped the No. 1 Gator men to a 174.50-125.50 victory over the Golden Gophers, while the top-ranked Florida women settled for an extremely rare 150-150 tie. For the men, sophomore Caleb Dressel hit the “B” cut in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking a time of 47.83, only finishing behind teammate Jack Blyzinskyj, who already owns a “B” cut time from earlier this season.
Freshman diver Samuel Smith won the men’s 1-meter diving completion with a qualifying standard score of 351.60. Redshirt senior Zach Hernandez’s score of 304.28 was just over the qualifying standard as well, and good enough for sixth place in the event. Hernandez (347.55) and Smith (392.70) also bettered their previous 3-meter diving standards to take sixth and second, respectively.
On the women’s side, senior Natalie Hinds hit the “B” cut in the 50-yard freestyle, touching in 22.85 seconds to collect a victory for the Gators. Redshirt sophomore Georgia Hohmann posted a “B” cut time of 1:58.17 to lead Florida’s sweep of the top four spots in the 200-yard backstroke race. Senior Emily Mosher became the fourth Gator diver with a qualifying standard this year, as she took fifth in the 3-meter dive competition with a score of 310.80. Mosher also nabbed a 1-meter diving qualifying standard, scoring 281.33 in a sixth-place finish. In addition to Mosher’s performance in the 3-meter dive, senior Kahlia Warner (340.35) and freshman Teya Syskakis (313.35) better their original qualifying standards en route to third- and fourth-place finishes.
Florida’s men and women will return to action Friday (Oct. 16) and Saturday (Oct. 17), when they compete against Texas and Indiana in Austin, Texas.
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