DALLAS (SMU) - The No. 3 Florida Gators defeated SMU 132-102 in men’s swimming action Thursday night, Jan. 13, at Perkins Natatorium. Florida swam most of their heats as exhibitions, but SMU did win two races outright. Camilo Becerra narrowly won the 50 free (20.82) in the closest heat of the night, just .01 seconds ahead of Daniel Penniman (20.83). The second Mustang victory came when sophomore Ian Clark took the 200 back in 1:47.99.
Head coach Eddie Sinnott likes to have a meet against top competition each year before the Dallas Morning News Swim Classic to help prepare his swimmers for the season ahead.
“Tonight was a good meet against great competition,” Sinnott said. “We are coming off our hardest training of the year and we need a meet like this get us prepared for the rest of the weekend and for NCAAs. Our times were not that great, but we haven’t practiced racing in a month and we can use a race like this to get the juices flowing.”
In diving action SMU was represented by Philip Griffin, Beau Sydes, Chad Chokel and David Bender. Griffin, Sydes and Chokel finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the one-meter competition. The three meter event saw the same three take second, third and fourth.
The SMU men’s swimming & diving team returns to the water this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14-15, in the 24th Annual Dallas Morning News College Swim Classic. Swimming action begins each night at 7:30 p.m.