Friday March 27, 2009Shaune Fraser Captures 200 Free National Title, Gators in Sixth After Day Two of NCAAs
College Station, Texas
College Station, Texas
Junior Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) swam a career-best mark and UF record in the 200-yard freestyle (1:31.70) to capture the first individual national championship title of his career. Fraser’s title was the second of the 2009 NCAA campaign for Florida. Following day two of competition in College Station, the Gators are in sixth place in the team standings with 225 points.
“We had a really great day today,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “We had some excellent swims from our first relay to Shaune Fraser, Clark Burckle, Omar Pinzon, Rex Tullius. We really can’t complain, although we should have finished off the 800 free relay a little better. We are in for a dogfight tomorrow. We’re going to have to come back and have another great day of swimming.”
Fraser’s 200 free title was Florida’s third title in the event, the last won by former Gator Adam Sioui at the 2002 NCAA Championships. His Florida record shattered that of Ryan Lochte, who swam a 1:33.07 in 2005. Fraser additionally captured the 200 free title at the 2009 SEC Championship meet in February.
Fraser’s sophomore brother, Brett, additionally represented the Orange and Blue in the 200 free, swimming the consolation heat and improving upon his prelims mark to finish 10th overall, second in the heat, with a time of 1:33.71.
After the quartet of junior Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia), junior Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.), senior Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and sophomore Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands), clocked a 1:24.94 for the UF record in the 200-yard medley relay in prelims, Gator senior Rex Tullius (Port Orange, Fla.), Burckle, Pinzon and Fraser swam to a 1:25.45, eighth-place finish in the evening final to kick off the finals session.
One event later, Ally and Burckle combined for 30 points toward the Gators’ overall score after finishing third and fifth in the 400-yard individual medley. Ally, who won the 200 IM in Thursday’s competition, improved upon his prelims time in the 400 IM, 3:40.58, to place third overall with a time of 3:38.20, barely missing the UF record (3:38.15) held by Ryan Lochte. Burckle swam a 3:41.85, just shy of his career-best achieved in prelims for the fifth-place finish and 14 Gator points.
In the last individual event of the evening session, the 100-yard backstroke, Pinzon swam to seventh place (45.99) in the championship heat, while Tullius swam a career-best 45.82 to finish first in the consolation final, ninth overall.
The Gators closed out the second day of competition with a ninth-place finish in the 800-yard free relay. Sophomore Balazs Gercsak (Budapest, Hungary), both Fraser brothers and freshman Jeff Raymond (Davie, Fla.) swam to a time of 6:22.03 in Friday’s last event.
Florida will wrap up the 2009 NCAA Championship campaign Saturday with prelims and finals of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 butterfly, 400 FR, platform diving and the mile. Prelims are slated to begin at 12 p.m. (CT), while finals commence at 7 p.m. 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.
NCAA Team Scores (Top 10) Through Day Two
1. Texas, 348
2. Auburn, 342
3. Stanford, 298.5
4. California, 239
5. Arizona, 229
6. Florida, 225
7. Michigan, 189
8. Tennessee, 119
9. Virginia, 101
10. Texas A&M, 87
Friday Finals Results (UF Finishers and Event Winners)
200 Medley Relay
1. Auburn: 1:22.36 – NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open and American Record
8. Tullius, Burckle, Pinzon, Fraser (B): 1:24.94 – UF Record
Leadoff Split (Tullius): 21.86
1. Tyler Clary, Michigan: 3:35.98 – NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open and American Record
3. Bradley Ally: 3:38.20 – Second-fastest time in UF history, Career-bests
5. Clark Burckle: 3:41.85
1. Austin Staab, Stanford: 44.18 – NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open and American Record
1. Shaune Fraser: 1:31.70 – Career-best, UF Record
10. Brett Fraser: 1:33.71
1. Damir Dugonjic, Cal: 50.86 – NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open Record
1. Kohlton Norys, Auburn: 45.26
7. Omar Pinzon: 45.99
9. Rex Tullius: 45.82 – Career-best
1. David Boudia, Purdue: 493.10 – NCAA Meet Record
800 Free Relay
1. Texas: 6:10.16 – NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open and American Record
9. Gercsak, Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Raymond: 6:22.03
Leadoff Split (Gercsak): 1:35.87
Florida Preliminary Results
200 Medley Relay
6. Pinzon, Burckle, Ally, Fraser (B): 1:24.94 – UF Record
Leadoff Split (Pinzon): 21.43
2. Bradley Ally: 3:40.58 – Career-best
5. Clark Burckle: 3:41.57 – Career-best
26. Joey Pedraza: 3:50.44
28. Ryan Crete: 3:51.08
4. Shaune Fraser: 1:33.10 – Career-best
11. Brett Fraser: 1:33.78
29. Balazs Gercsak: 1:35.67
34. Jeff Raymond: 1:35.88
6. Omar Pinzon: 45.85 – Career-best
11. Rex Tullius: 46.41 – Career-best