Fertel, Dressel Earn All-American Honors on Day Three, Gators Move Up in Standings
AUSTIN, Texas –The University of Florida women’s swimming & diving team returned to the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center for the third day of the 2019 NCAA Championships on Friday. Kelly Fertel and Sherridon Dressel each collected a First-Team All-American honor, as Florida is currently in 19th place with 44 points.
Fertel’s and Dressel’s appearances in their respective A Finals, along with Brooke Madden’s A Final last night, are the first times Florida has earned a spot into an A Final since 2016.
Fertel got the night started for the Gators with a First-Team All-American honor, the first of her career. Fertel posted a swim of 4:09.92 in the 400 IM. Fertel’s eighth-place finish earned her the All-American status.
Dressel earned her first First-Team All-American accolade in the 100 Back, which is her second All-American honor in as many years. She clocked a time of 51.03 and placed seventh. Dressel now has two All-American honors in the 100 Back, one first team and one honorable mention.
After three days of competition, the Gators have collected 44 points, which quadrupled last season’s production of 11 points.
Fertel secured her spot in the A Final of the