Gators Chomp Tigers in SEC Opener
BATON ROUGE, La. – The University of Florida men’s swimming & diving team returned to action on Friday as it competed in the first SEC meet of the season at LSU. The men were led by Maxime Rooney, as the No. 8-ranked Gators defeated the Tigers, 164.5-129.5.
In the 400-yard medley relay, Bayley Main, Marco Guarente, Maxime Rooney, and Christoph Margotti posted the country’s third-fastest time with a swim of 3:15.29. The team of Brennan Balogh, Stanley Wu, Will Davis, and Grady Heath placed third with
a time of 3:20.04.
Trey Freeman clocked the country’s fourth-best time in the 1,000 Free, with a mark of 9:02.58. Khader Baqlah finished right behind Freeman, with a time of 9:02.71, which is a new personal best. Drew Clark completed the sweep for the Gators, with a 9:24.81.
Kieran Smith and Heath finished first and second, respectively, in the 200 Free. Smith posted a swim of 1:37.39, while Heath clocked a 1:39.44.
Main recorded a second-place finish in the 100 Back with a time of 48.84. Dakota Mahaffey placed third with a swim of 49.93.