WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

September 27, 2013

University of Florida will host the three-day All-Florida Invitational at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

The Gators head the field of college teams that also includes Florida State, University of Miami, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Southern, North Florida and Nova Southeastern.

It is the fourth year the statewide meet will be hosted by the Gators.

“The first meet is always good because it gives you an end of the season flavor real early,” said Florida coach Gregg Troy. “You get to see a lot of people swimming a lot of different events.”

Added first-year Florida State coach Frankie Bradley: “We’ve only been training a couple of weeks, but we’re up for the test.

“I’m excited to see the whole team in competition. The biggest challenge for our swimmers is to race as hard as they can and as fast as they can even though they are under the stress of training.”

Several Florida Gold Coast swimmers will be competing including Luke Torres, Ryan Rosenbaum, Quinn Cassidy and Austin and Blake Manganiello, Carlos Omana, Daniel Spas, Thomas Veale, Lindsey McKnight of Florida; Tiffany Oliver, Alex Rodriguez, David Knight, Michael Lewark, Jemal LeGrand, Dylan Marsolek, Kevin Matheus, Jason McCormick, Juan Sequera, Philip Sims, Anthony Soto, Ashley Hicks and Paul Murray of Florida State; Marcella Marinheiro of Florida Gulf Coast and Alec Wathen of Florida Southern.

SOFLO’s Oliver, a top sprinter, was voted team captain for her senior year.

The meet follows the NCAA Championship schedule format.

Florida Swim Network is broadcasting the championship finals each night on Friday (at 7 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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