FOUR BITS: Dwyer, Holloway, baseball, watch list

1 » The second day of the 2011 Southeastern Conference Swimming Championships, held at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, FL, was just as exciting for the No. 5 Florida Gators men’s team as Wednesday’s opening day. Senior Conor Dwyer, who set two SEC records in one race (800-yard freestyle relay) a day ago, broke yet another on Thursday by swimming the 500-yard freestyle in 4:11.36. The No. 8 women also had some celebrating to do as junior Sarah Bateman set the school record in the 50-yard freestyle. The men’s team jumped up to second place overall after day two (70 points behind leader Auburn), while the women’s team took a hold of first place with a new total of 291 points (five above Georgia).

2 » Florida head swimming coach Gregg Troy was named the head coach of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Swimming Team on Dec. 8. Joining him as a Team USA coach in England for the 2012 London Olympics is Gators head track & field coach Mike Holloway, who was picked as an assistant coach for sprinters and hurdlers on Thursday. “It’s an incredible honor to be chosen by my peers to coach on the United States Olympic staff,” Holloway said, according to the University of Florida. “It’s something that I am very proud of, and I look forward to serving my country.”

3 » No. 1 Florida baseball will begin the 2011 season over the weekend with a trio of home games against the South Florida Bulls. The Gators have announced starters for the series but will be without last year’s ace, junior left-handed pitcher Alex Panteliodis (11-3, 3.51 ERA), as the team is being cautious with his return from offseason hip surgery. Sophomore LHP Brian Johnson (6-4, 4.03 ERA) will start the season on the hill. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Hudson Randall (8-4, 3.24 ERA) takes over Saturday, and freshman RHP Karsten Whitson, the No. 9 pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, will start his career in the orange and blue on the mound Sunday.

4 » Johnson and junior first baseman Preston Tucker received nominations to the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list on Thursday. The award, presented to the top amateur player in the country, is sponsored by Major League Baseball but has never been presented to a Florida player in its 33-year history. Both Johnson and Tucker are preseason All-Americans according to Baseball America.

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5 Responses to “FOUR BITS: Dwyer, Holloway, baseball, watch list”

  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Congrats to coach Holloway!

  2. Daniel M. says:

    Post season redemption against UCLA is what I’m talkin ’bout.

  3. Wingtee says:

    Pantaleodis will start Tuesday vs FAU then start against FSU the next
    Tuesday. Why do you
    have to dramitize injuries.Alex is fine. You did the same thing with Macklin earlier in the year
    for basketball. You pounded me about that. He was fine. These are
    big strong guys Adam and with the training facility these guys have they
    bounce back much quicker.

    • Wingtee- I didn’t dramatize any injury. He’s the ace. Normally he’d start the first game. They’re being cautious and giving him an extra few days. As far as Macklin goes, I provided my opinion on what Donovan should have done if he was having a lot of pain while playing. He ended up working through it, so it was a non-issue. You’re the one over-reacting here.

    • Wingtee- It’s one thing to disagree with me, it’s another thing to be disrespectful for no reason. That is why your last comment was not posted. College athletes are very strong and able to recover from injuries quite well, you are correct. However, if Panteliodis had not had a procedure on his hip, he would have started Friday. That’s my general point.

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