– Florida women’s swimming and diving was led by Talia Bates and Leah Braswell on a night that saw the Gators claim the top spot in all championship heats during the first day of the Auburn Fall Invitational at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. After Wednesday, the Gators lead by a score of 160-127.
In her first action of her sophomore season, Bates improved on her top-10 program swim with a winning 50 free swim of 22.30, improving by .04 seconds. Her time remains as the eighth-fastest in Florida history and is tied for the third-fastest mark so far this year.
After taking the preliminary heat in the morning, Braswell came back in the final and vastly improved her time, dropping 2.59 seconds to touch in 4:38.69. Her time is the top in the nation this year by .89 seconds.
The third and final individual event victory was tallied by Vanessa Pearl, finishing first in the 200 IM. The school record holder in the event registered the top time of 1:55.61. Finishing right behind her was Kathleen Golding in a new lifetime-best