Category Archives: Swimming and Diving

Swim teams posts

Florida Idaho Lightning

In All Kinds of Weather…Literally

As the thunder started to rumble and the clouds became more and more ominous, a heavy flow of fans, myself included, filed into The Swamp to support our Florida Football team play Idaho. We took our seats for kickoff only to find out there was already a decent delay, pushing the start of the game […]


Honored at Halftime: Men’s Swim & Dive

This past year was the first time that the Men’s Swimming and Diving team won an SEC championship in over 20 years. This meant that the Men’s Swimming and Diving team was invited down to the field of Ben Hill Griffin during a football game to be honored. The resulting images are what it looked […]


This Or That: Natalie Hinds

Hey grinders! It’s Molly and Summer again for our second edition of ‘This or That’ with our new interviewee Natalie Hinds. We just finished up our afternoon practice so we figure the hot tub would be the perfect place to let loose and ask some fun #ThisOrThat questions. Natalie is currently a sophomore on the […]


In The Zone: Kahlia Warner

This week I caught up with sophomore Kahlia Warner, a member of the University of Florida Diving team and two-time recipient of the SEC Female Diver of the Week award after her outstanding performances against the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama. This Queensland, Australia native was all smiles during the interview about […]


Switch a sport with Ryan Harris

In this edition of “Switch a Sport”, I personally took junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Harris to the O’Dome pool to give him a shot at my sport: diving. It’s a known fact that Harris has great skill on the mound, tying the record for most appearances at 37 in 2013 with former Gator, Connor Falkenbach […]

Championship SEC

In the Eye of the Gator: Men’s Swim Team

As The Gator Grind grows, we continue to find more creative ways to show what it’s like to be a student-athlete here at the University of Florida. We want to share what it is like to be in our shoes—literally. Welcome to our new segment, “In the Eye of a Gator,” where your favorite University […]

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Pararescue Camp

Patrick Air Force base in Cocoa Beach, Florida, is home to a very special group of operatives known as the Pararescue Jumpers, or PJ’s for short. Over winter break, the men’s swim team had the privilege to visit the base for a day and do a little training with the PJ’s.
The day began early with all of us waiting in the lobby of the hotel for the officer to come and meet with us before heading to base. Dressed uniformly in “Gators” shirts and black mesh shorts, we looked like a team. When the officer walked into the lobby, we all quieted down immediately. He briefed us on what to expect at the base and how we would need to be able to depend on each other to make it through the ‘mini training camp.’ We hopped on the bus and rode to the base. When we got off, we deposited our bags in a conference room and hurried outside, where we were told to line up in groups. We were about to be welcomed onto the base–PJ style.