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Saturday March 28, 2009Fraser Wins 200 Fly Title, Gators Finish Fifth at 2009 NCAAs

College Station, Texas

A first-place national championship victory in the 200-yard fly for junior Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) highlighted the final day of the 2009 NCAA Championships for the No. 7 University of Florida men, who finished fifth overall (324 points) in the three-day competition. Auburn (526), Texas (487), Stanford (460.5), Cal (350) and Florida (324) composed the top five team finishers.

 

Florida garnered three individual national titles at the 2009 NCAA meet, one from senior Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in the 200-yard IM on day one, and two from Fraser, the 200 free and 200 fly titles, on days two and three. The three national championship titles brought UF’s all-time individual title count to 27. UF now owns a total of 35 national championships, including eight relays. In all, 11 UF men rallied for a total of 33 All-America and All-America Honorable Mention honors, combining for two NCAA records and 10 school records in the process.

 

“We did a fantastic job throughout this whole week, with effort from every single member on our team,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “We broke a bunch of school records and everyone garnered All-America status. You couldn’t ask for a better end to the season. We thought we may have been able to be a little bit better, but the way the guys came back and swam tonight was outstanding. Shaune’s 200 fly was one of the best 200 fly races I’ve ever seen and Bradley swam outstanding too. Overall, we’re really happy with the performance this year.”

 

“We have a great coaching staff, from Anthony (Nesty) to Martyn (Wilby), Leah (Stancil), Pete (Knox) and Donnie (Craine). Our success is really a tribute to them and how hard they work, combined with the efforts of our athletes,” Troy said.

 

The Gators’ fifth-place finish marks the fourth time in the last five years UF has finished in the top five, and the tenth-straight year UF has placed in the top 10 at the NCAAs. For the first time since 2006, Florida reeled in three individual national championship titles with Ally’s one and Fraser’s two.

 

On Saturday, Fraser became the first Gator to win the 200-yard fly since associate head coach Anthony Nesty did so in 1990. The 200 fly title was Florida’s fourth overall. Joining Fraser in the 200-yard fly finals, Ally swam to a first-place finish in the consolation final, ninth overall, after entering the race as the 11th-place seed. After setting a career-best in prelims (1:43.03), Ally swam an even faster 1:42.56 in his consolation heat.

 

Florida backstrokers Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia) and Rex Tullius (Port Orange, Fla.) both had stellar swims in the 200-yard back to start the night off right, Pinzon improving upon his career-best mark from prelims to swim a 1:39.50, third-place performance, in the championship final after placing 12th in the 200 back at the 2008 NCAA meet. Tullius, who was seeded 11th going into the consolation final, won his heat to place ninth overall (1:40.20).

 

Junior Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.), who broke his own UF record in the 200-yard breast in prelims, swam an eighth-place, 1:54.96, race in the championship final of the event Saturday evening, and in sprint freestyle action, sophomore Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) swam the consolation heat of the 100-yard freestyle. Fraser raced to a time of 43.01, a 13th-place finish, improving upon his 14th place seed (42.76) in prelims.

 

Junior Ryan Crete (Sarasota, Fla.) and sophomore Joey Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) represented the Orange and Blue in timed finals of the 1650-yard freestyle Saturday afternoon, Crete swimming a career-best 14:50.29 to finish 11th overall, while Pedraza clocked a 15:02.44, just shy of his career-best, 15:00.33, for 20th place.

 

In the final event of the meet, the 400-yard free relay, Fraser, Fraser, Ally and junior Roberto Gomez (Weston, Fla.) swam to a 2:52.00, good for a seventh-place finish to close the 2008-09 season books.

 

A replay of the 2009 NCAA Division I Championships is slated to air on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD from 3-4:30 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, April 1. For complete results from the 2009 NCAA Championship Meet, click here.

 

2009 NCAA Final Team Scores (Top 10)

1. Auburn, 526

2. Texas, 487

3. Stanford, 460.5

4. California, 350

5. Florida, 324

6. Arizona, 309

7. Michigan, 248

8. Tennessee, 144

9. Virginia, 133

10. Georgia, 131

 

NCAA Records By Gators at 2009 NCAA Championships (2)

200 individual medley: Bradley Ally, 1:40.49

Previous Record: Ryan Lochte, Florida, 1:40.55, 2006

 

200 fly: Shaune Fraser, 1:40.75

Previous Record: Gil Stovall, Georgia, 1:41.33, 2008

 

 

UF Records at 2009 NCAA Championships (10)

50 free: Shaune Fraser, 19.30

Previous Record: Carlos Jayme, 19.70, 2002

 

100 free: Shaune Fraser, 42.41

Previous Record: Ryan Lochte, 42.56, 2005

 

200 free: Shaune Fraser, 1:31.70

Previous Record: Ryan Lochte, 1:33.07, 2005

 

500 free: Balazs Gercsak, 4:14.67

Previous Record: Matt Cetlinski, 4:14.85, 1986

 

200 breast: Clark Burckle, 1:53.89

Previous Record: Clark Burckle, 1:54.42, 2009

 

200 fly: Shaune Fraser, 1:40.75

Previous Record: Shaune Fraser, 1:41.88, 2009

 

200 individual medley: Bradley Ally, 1:40.49

Previous Record: Ryan Lochte, 1:40.55, 2006

 

200 medley relay: Pinzon, Burckle, Ally, Fraser (B), 1:24.94

Previous Record: Lochte, Ratliff, Mangabeira, Penniman, 1:25.03, 2005

 

200 free relay: Fraser, Fraser, Ally, Gomez, 1:16.76

Previous Record: Kostowicz, Jayme, Odendaal, Mangabeira, 1:17.94, 2002

 

400 medley relay: Pinzon, Burckle, Ally, Fraser, 3:04.81

Previous Record: Lochte, Welch, Mangabeira, Townsend, 3:07.97, 2005

 

UF NCAA All-Americans (11 athletes, 33 honors [including honorable mention])

1. Brett Fraser (6 honors): 200 FR, 200 MR, 400 FR, 100 free (HM), 200 free (HM), 800 FR (HM)

2. Shaune Fraser (5 honors): 200 free, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 FR, 800 FR (HM)

3. Omar Pinzon (4 honors): 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM, 200 MR

4. Rex Tullius (4 honors): 100 back, 200 MR, 200 FR, 200 back (HM)

5. Bradley Ally (4 honors): 200 IM, 400 IM, 400 FR, 200 fly (HM)

6. Clark Burckle (3 honors): 400 IM, 200 breast, 200 MR

7. Balazs Gercsak (2 honors): 500 free, 800 FR (HM)

8. Roberto Gomez (2 honors): 400 FR, 200 FR (HM)

9. Jeff Raymond (1 honor): 800 FR (HM)

10. Raul Martinez (1 honor): 200 FR (HM)

11. Ryan Crete (1 honor): 1650 free (HM)

 

 

Florida NCAA Championship Notes

§         Florida finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championship meet for the tenth-consecutive year, and in the top five four out of the last five years. The Gators’ last finished fifth in 2006, and the fifth-place finish in 2009 is the highest since UF placed fourth in 2007

§         The Gators won their 33rd, 34th and 35th all-time national championship titles at the 2009 meet in College Station, Texas, and now owns a total of 27 individual titles and eight relay national championships

§         Senior Bradley Ally and junior Shaune Fraser accounted for UF’s three national titles in 2009, Ally in the 200 IM, Fraser in the 200 free and 200 fly. Each respective title marked the first career title for both Ally and Fraser

§         The 2009 campaign marked the first time since 1991 that multiple Gators won national championship titles in the same year. In 1991, current Associate Head Coach Anthony Nesty (100 fly) and former Gator Martin Zubero (200 back) each won titles

§         For the first time since 2006, Florida reeled in three individual national championship titles with Ally’s one and Fraser’s two

§         Fraser became the first Gator to win the 200-yard fly since associate head coach Anthony Nesty did so in 1990. The 200 fly title was Florida’s fourth overall

§         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

§         Ally became Florida’s first UF national champion since 2006. The 200 IM title was the sixth all-time national title in the 200 IM for UF

§         In his first year of eligibility with UF, sophomore Balazs Gercsak broke a UF record in the 500 free, swimming a career-best time of 4:14.67, surpassing the previous record, a 4:14.85, set by Matt Cetlinski in 1986. Cetlinski was the 500 free national champion in 1986

 

 

Saturday Finals Results (Top UF Finishers and Event Winners)

1650 Freestyle

1. Troy Prinsloo, Georgia: 14:30.91

11. Ryan Crete: 14:50.29 – Career-best

20. Joey Pedraza: 15:02.44

 

200 Backstroke

1. Tyler Clary, Michigan: 1:37.50 – NCAA and NCAA Meet Record

3. Omar Pinzon: 1:39.50 – Career-best

9. Rex Tullius: 1:40.20

 

100 Freestyle

1. Nathan Adrian, Cal: 41.08 – American Record

13. Brett Fraser: 43.01

 

200 Breaststroke

1. Neil Versfeld, Georgia: 1:51.40 – NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open and American Record

8. Clark Burckle: 1:54.96

 

200 Butterfly

1. Shaune Fraser: 1:40.75 – Career-best, UF Record, NCAA Record

9. Bradley Ally: 1:42.56 – Career-best

 

Platform Diving

1. David Boudia, Purdue: 530.45 – NCAA Meet Record

 

400 Freestyle Relay

1. Auburn: 2:46.67 – NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open and American Record

7. Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Ally, Gomez: 2:52.00

Leadoff Split (Fraser, S): 43.06

 

 

Florida Preliminary Results

200 Backstroke

4. Omar Pinzon: 1:39.96 – Career-best

11. Rex Tullius: 1:40.83

 

100 Freestyle

14. Brett Fraser: 42.76

28. Roberto Gomez: 43.30

 

200 Breaststroke

7. Clark Burckle: 1:53.89 – Career-best, UF Record

 

200 Butterfly

1. Shaune Fraser: 1:41.17 – Career-best, UF Record, NCAA Record

11. Bradley Ally: 1:43.03 – Career-best

30. Balazs Gercsak: 1:45.16

 

400 Freestyle Relay

6. Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Ally, Raymond: 2:50.76

Leadoff Split (Fraser, B): 42.41 – Career-best, UF Record

 

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