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Thursday March 26, 2009Ally Wins First National Title in NCAA Record Pace, UF in Fourth Following Day One of NCAA Competition

College Station, Texas

A national title, NCAA, NCAA Meet and UF record from senior Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in the 200-yard individual medley and five broken UF records highlighted day one of the 2009 NCAA Championships for the Gators. Florida resides in fourth place (107 points) following the first day of competition from the Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas. Texas (171), Auburn (141), Stanford (130), Florida (107) and California (103) round out the top five teams after day one.

 

With the first national championship of his career, Ally became Florida’s first UF national champion since 2006, when Gator great Ryan Lochte won three individual event titles (200 back, 200 & 400 IM). The 200 IM title marks the 33rd all-time national title for the Gator men, the 25th individual title in school history. After swimming a career-best time in prelims, Ally returned to shatter Lochte’s Florida, NCAA, and NCAA meet records in the event with his 1:40.49 swim.

 

“We had a good first day,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “We swam outstanding this morning and had a few school records. We weren’t quite as sharp this evening, but we still had some good races. Bradley Ally was absolutely outstanding. He’s been working so hard all year and he really deserves the national championship.”

 

Juniors Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) and Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia), who both additionally swam career-bests in prelims of the 200 IM, joined Ally in the championship final of the event, finishing fifth (1:42.88) and seventh (1:43.93), respectively.

 

After swimming a UF record-breaking 200-yard free relay in preliminaries (1:16.76), the Gators switched up the quartet, swimming sophomore Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands), junior Roberto Gomez (Weston, Fla.), junior Raul Martinez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) and senior Rex Tullius (Port Orange, Fla.). The quartet swam to an eighth-place 1:18.05 finish to kick off the finals session.

 

Sophomore Balazs Gercsak (Budapest, Hungary), who eclipsed a UF record in prelims with his career-best time of 4:14.67, returned Thursday evening and clocked a 4:23.13, eighth-place finals finish in the event.

 

Florida closed out the evening session with a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, composed of Pinzon, junior Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.), Ally and Fraser (S). The quartet swam to a time of 3:05.75 to carry the Gators into day two of the championship meet in fourth place.

 

The 2009 NCAA Championship meet continues Friday from College Station. Preliminaries of the 200 MR, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, three-meter diving and the 800 FR are set to begin at noon (CT).). Gator fans can follow the meet live here or visit www.GatorZone.com following finals for complete results and a recap of the day’s swimming and diving action.

 

Finals Results (Winner and UF Finishers) (Thursday Evening Session)

200 Free Relay

1. Auburn: 1:14.08 – NCAA, Meet, U.S. Open and American Record

8. Fraser (B), Gomez, Tullius, Martinez: 1:18.05

Leadoff Split (Fraser (B)): 19.73

 

500 Free

1. Jean Basson, Arizona: 4:08.92

8. Balazs Gercsak: 4:23.13

 

200 Individual Medley

1. Bradley Ally: 1:40.49 – NCAA, NCAA Meet and UF Record, Career-best mark

5. Shaune Fraser: 1:42.88

7. Omar Pinzon: 1:43.93

 

50 Free

1. Nathan Adrian: 18:71 – American Record

 

One-Meter Diving

1. Drew Livingston, Texas: 442.70 – NCAA Meet Record

 

400 Medley Relay

1. Auburn: 3:01.39 – NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open and American Record

5. Pinzon, Burckle, Ally, Fraser: 3:05.75

Leadoff Split (Pinzon): 46.02

 

Florida Preliminary Results

200 Free Relay

7. Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Ally, Gomez: 1:16.76 – UF Record

Leadoff Split (Fraser (S)): 19.30 – UF 50 free record

 

500 Free

8. Balazs Gercsak: 4:14.67 – UF Record

34. Joey Pedraza: 4:21.44

40. Jeff Raymond: 4:23.66

 

200 Individual Medley

1. Bradley Ally: 1:41.80 – Career best

4. Shaune Fraser: 1:42.45 – Career best

5. Omar Pinzon: 1:43.64 – Career best

23. Clark Burckle: 1:44.68 – Career best

36. Rex Tullius: 1:45.85 – Career best

 

50 Free

52. Roberto Gomez: 20.08

 

400 Medley Relay

4. Pinzon, Burckle, Ally, Fraser: 3:04.81 – UF Record

Leadoff Split (Pinzon): 46.65

 

-UF-

 

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