– Florida women’s swimming got back into team competition after a 223-day layoff this afternoon during the Orange and Blue Intrasquad meet at the Ann Marie Rogers Swimming and Diving Pool inside the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
The Orange team prevailed over the Blue team by a final score of 150.5-108.5, winning 10 of 14 possible events in the program’s first racing opportunity since the 2020 SEC Championships.
Talia Bates led the way for the Orange squad with two individual victories. In the 50 free, she would touch in a time of 22.71, meeting the B cut standard for the season. Her next win would come in 100 fly (54.57), where she finished almost a full second after the next finisher. She also was a member of two winning relays.
For the Blue team, Vanessa Pearl picked up a pair of victories in the 200 IM and 200 breast. In the individual medley, the junior would register a winning time of 2:01.81, while tallying a swim of 2:14.43 to lead the way in the breast. Pearl added a runner-up nod in the 100 breast with her effort of 1:02.04.
In the first distance event of the evening, Tylor