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SWIMMING HOSTS GEORGIA THIS FRIDAY

The Florida Gator swim teams will compete later this week against Georgia after most recently facing Texas and Indiana.

The UF men’s team lost against Texas 162 to 100 but defeated Indiana 140 to 122.

The Florida men’s first win of the competition was in the 100 backstroke by Jack Blyzinskyj. Caleb Dressel was a huge asset for the Gators as he finished first in the 50 free and posted a runner up finish in the 100 free. The men’s team wrapped up a second place finish in the 200 Medley Relay.

“We’re real comfortable with the men’s side. We’ve been fantastic. Training’s been great and it’s a really focused group. They’re really experienced and the young guys are fitting in real well,” said Florida swimming head coach, Gregg  Troy.

The women dropped both sets resulting in scores of  155 to 105 against Texas and 142-120 against Indiana.

Senior Natalie Hinds picked up the first win for the women’s side in the 50 freestyle. She continued her winning streak with the second win in the 100 freestyle.

“She’s real focused and brings other people up to her level of competition. She’s pretty good about not getting down on herself and accepts the wins and the losses pretty much the same and uses them as building point moving forward. Tremendous athlete,” said Troy.

Jessica Thielmann, Ashlee Lin, and Hannah Burns all added runner up finishes. The women’s team ended with a first place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

The Gators will return to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida to host the SEC rival Georgia. The meet will begin at 11:00 am on Friday.

The Georgia swim teams came out strong last week in their season opener sweeping through North Carolina.

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