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Wednesday February 19, 2014 UF swimmers Beisel and Cieslak on brink of SEC history

Elizabeth Beisel

Senior Elizabeth Beisel looks to add to her seven career SEC individual titles this week in Athens, Ga.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The school record books are dotted by names familiar far beyond the UF campus.

Tracy Caulkins ring a bell? What about Nicole Haislett or Dara Torres?

Who hasn't heard of Ryan Lochte the past couple of years? You know, the guy with that short-lived TV show and his own vocabulary.

There are others to make a splash for the Gators swimming and diving program and then go onto greater success.

Two current Gators have a chance to join some of the names above this week at the SEC Championships at the University of Georgia: seniors Elizabeth Beisel and Marcin Cieslak.

Already a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team, Beisel has been front and center for the Gators since she stepped onto campus in the summer of 2010 from North Kingstown, R.I.

Beisel has won seven SEC individual titles during her All-American career, including the 400 individual medley and 200 back in each of the past three years.

Beisel's seven league titles are currently tied for eighth in school history. However, if she can add three more wins this week -- a three-event individual limit was put in place in 1992 -- Beisel would become only the second UF women's swimmer to win 10 conference crowns since the rule was imposed.

Haislett won all 12 of her events at the SEC Championships from 1991-94.

Haislett's 12 titles are tied with Caulkins and Kathy Treible for the most in school history.

Beisel's personal quest starts this evening when she competes in the 200 IM. She helped the Gators get off to a good start on Tuesday, teaming with Ellese ZalewskiLindsey McKnight and Sinead Russell for a third-place finish in the 800 free relay.

Click here for a schedule of the meet.

Meanwhile, Cieslak is also scheduled to compete in the 200 IM final today. The 2012 SEC champion in the 200 IM, Cieslak has six individual league titles in his career.

Martin Cieslak

Cieslak was part of the Gators' 200-medley relay team that set a school record on Tuesday to claim the title on the first day of the five-day event at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium.

A 2012 member of the Polish Olympic Team, Cieslak is scheduled to compete in the 200 IM, 100 fly and 200 fly this week in Athens. If Cieslak wins his three individual events, he would become UF's most accomplished men's swimmer at the SEC Championships.

The threesome of Tom Dioguardi (1965-67), Martin Zubero (1988-91) and Lochte (2003-06) each won eight individual crowns.

Cieslak looked good to Gators coach Gregg Troy on Tuesday in the 200-medley relay.

"Marcin Cieslak and Brad deBorde kind of set the tone in that men's medley relay,'' Troy said. "They just refused to lose."

If Beisel and Cieslak deliver in their individual events, those school records will need rearranging.

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