2009-10 Swimming & Diving Weekly Notebook (week ending 1/16)
Alabama split their dual meets against Southeastern Conference foe Kentucky with the men coming away with a win and the women losing a down-to-the-wire contest that was decided with the last event. Alabama's men won 166-132 in a contest that was decided before the last relay. The Tide goes to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. The Tide women fell 150-148, going to 7-2 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. The Tide men were led by senior Riley Boulden who picked up three of the Tide's 10 wins on the day. For the women, senior Agustina de Giovanni and sophomore Carrie Dragland tallied to wins a piece, accounting for four of the women's eight wins. The Tide returns to action Saturday at 12:30 p.m., closing out its home slate against New Orleans.
The No. 18 Arkansas swimming and diving team suffered only its second loss of the season this weekend at the hands of No. 25-ranked Missouri, falling 177-118, at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Senior Yi-Ting Siow picked up event wins in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200y individual medley while Leah Pierce added another win in the 200y breaststroke. Siow touched in at 1 minute, 2.17 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke and 2:01.74 in the 200y IM, almost five seconds ahead of the field. She also added a second-place finish in the 100y butterfly at 55.48. Pierce turned in a time of 2:16.89 in the 200y breaststroke. A native of Columbia, she also took fourth in the 100y breaststroke event with a time of 1:04.73. Arkansas returns to action Jan. 30 when they host Utah at 1 p.m. at Arkansas Natatorium. A pre-meet ceremony will honor seniors Siow, Pierce and Ng along with Haskins.
Did not compete. The Tigers are off from competition until Jan. 22 when they travel to SEC rival Florida for a conference dual meet, starting at 4 p.m.
UF's Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) captured an NCAA provisional mark in the men's 200-yard butterfly (1:47.97) in his first meet and first individual race donning the Orange and Blue to lead the Florida men to their seventh dual win of the season. Rousseau, 2008 Olympian for South Africa, helped lead the Gators (7-0, 2-0 SEC) to a 159-118 win over in-state rival FAU Saturday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Under the leadership of senior Liz Kemp (Potomac, Md.), who captured the 1,000-yard free (10:05.29) title, several younger Gators stepped it up for UF (8-2, 2-1 SEC) to defeat the Owls, 163-122, in women's swimming and diving action. Freshman Corinne Showalter (Sarasota, Fla.) walked away with a victory in the 200-yard free (1:50.32), while sophomore Anna-Liisa Pold (San Diego, Calif.) claimed an individual win in the 100-yard backstroke (57.22) to give UF momentum the first half of the dual. Combined, the Gators went on to win 31 of the 32 possible events, including all four relays, the men with 15 of 16 and the women taking all 16 event titles. The Florida women's 200-yard free relay established its first NCAA provisional mark of the season in the race with a 1:31.74 in the final event of the meet (Stafford, Spofforth, Napier, Bateman). Florida will wrap up the dual meet home season Friday, Jan. 22, when it plays host to SEC rival, Auburn University. The meet will kick off at 4 p.m. (ET) in the O'Dome as the Gators bid farewell to the 2010 senior class.
Did not compete. Georgia's teams will return to action on Jan. 23 at Gabrielsen Natatorium against Tennessee.
The Kentucky swimming and diving teams began the second half of their seasons with a road trip to SEC foe Alabama this weekend. The women came out with a win after a wild finish to the meet. Trailing the home team heading into the final event, Kentucky's 400-free relay squads took the top two spots to edge out the Tide 150-148 for the win. Junior Chatham Penrod aided the UK cause with a pair of victories in the backstroke events. On the men's side, Alabama claimed a 166-132 win over the 17th-ranked Wildcats. Freshman Zach McGinnis earned his first collegiate victory with a first-place tap in the 200-backstroke. UK will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 23rd with a visit to in-state rival Louisville.
The nationally-ranked LSU swimming and diving teams did not compete this week but continued to train for what will be a busy second half of January. The Tigers will welcome Big 12 rival and nationally-ranked Texas A&M to Baton Rouge for their annual dual meet this Saturday at noon. The program will also hold Senior Day and honor seven seniors prior to the meet. Following this weekend's action, the 21st-ranked Lady Tigers will travel to Houston, Texas, to take on Houston and Rice, Jan. 29-30, while the No. 18 LSU men stay back in Baton Rouge to host the University of New Orleans that weekend.
South Carolina's men picked up their second straight victory on Saturday, earning a 171-129 decision over visiting Duke at the Carolina Natatorium. The Gamecock women dropped their meet against the Blue Devils by a 176.5-123.5 margin. The Gamecock men improved to 3-4 on the season while the women fell to 1-6.
Carolina's men earned 1-2-3 sweeps in four events – the 1650 free, the 200 free, the 200 breast and the 400 IM – and were led by a pair of individual wins from freshman Michael Flach in the 200 free (1:41.77) and 200 fly (1:51.89). Freshman Brooks Ross got another victory in the 1650 free, while another freshman, Matt Columbus, earned a big victory in the 500 free. Yet another freshman, Bobby Cave, led a sweep in the 200 breast. Sophomore Isaac Badillo swam the team's fastest time and a career-best in the 100 fly with a 49.71. The men's team victory avenged a narrow defeat to the Blue Devils last year in Durham, where Duke took a seven-point victory in a meet that came down to the final relay.
On the women's side, senior Kristina Delp posted lifetime bests in the 50 free and 100 free, taking victory in the 100 with a time of 52.07 and earning third place in the 50 with a 23.83 behind teammates Sharntelle McLean and Kristina Delp. Claire Thompson and Whitney Avers also earned individual victories in the 200 free and 400 IM, respectively.
South Carolina will close out its home season on Saturday, Jan. 23, with a tri-meet against UNC Wilmington and Vanderbilt. Nine Carolina seniors will be honored prior to the meet, which is slated for a 2 p.m. start.
Did not compete. Tennessee returns to action Jan. 23, at Georgia.
Did not compete. The Lady Vols return to action Saturday, Jan. 23, in Athens, Ga., when they face No. 1 Georgia at 2 p.m.
The Vanderbilt swimming and diving team will return to the pool on Jan. 30 when they will travel to Lexington, Ky., for a triangular with Cincinnati and Kentucky.