Gators Tame Tigers in SEC Opener
BATON ROUGE, La. – Florida was led by Emma Ball who broke the LSU Natatorium record in the 100 Back, once in the leadoff leg of the 400 Medley relay. The No. 19-ranked Gators defeated the Tigers 196-104 on Friday as they competed in the first SEC meet of the season at LSU.
Emma Ball, Vanessa Pearl, Mabel Zavaros, and Bella Garofalo combined for the nation’s fastest time in the 400 Medley Relay, with a time of 3:40.59. Ball’s time of 52.53 as the lead-off swimmer set a new LSU pool record. Ball broke the record, which was previously held by former Gator NCAA record holder, Gemma Spofforth. Ball’s time is the second-fastest time in the nation this season. The team of Sherridon Dressel, Kelly Fertel, Georgia Marris, and Tori Bindi finished in second with a swim of 3:43.85. Dressel’s lead-off leg of 53.95 is the third-fastest time in country.
With a mark of 9:54.65, Leah Braswell won the 1,000 Free and set the fourth-best time in the country. Taylor Ault notched a second-place finish with a 10:00.38, followed by Nikki Miller with a third-place time of 10:08.21.