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Friday March 26, 2010Conor Dwyer Takes 500 Free Title; Gators in Third After Day One at NCAAs

Columbus, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Walt Middleton

Junior freestyler Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) won Florida’s first championship title of the 2010 campaign in the 500 free Friday, his first individual national title, to help lead the Gators to a third-place standing (118 points) following the first day of the 2010 NCAA Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus. Texas (145) and California (139) top the team race in first in second, while Auburn (114.5) and Stanford (106) round out the top five team standings in fourth and fifth, respectively, after day one.

 

“We had a really great first day – our best first day in a long time,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “We thought we could have been a little faster in the final relay (fourth), but we swam well the whole way through tonight, including multiple swims for Shaune (Fraser). I also can’t say enough about Conor. He had a great race. We have to rest up tonight and come back ready to race tomorrow and the rest of the weekend.”

 

Dwyer shattered his own Florida record in the race, also eclipsing the pool record, to out-touch Jean Basson of Arizona by one-hundredth of a second, 4:13.64-4:13.65. The 500 free national title was Florida’s second all-time in the event, as Matt Cetlinski took Florida’s first crown in 1986.

 

“It was an honor to win the 500 against such a great field of swimmers,” Dwyer said. “Originally I was planning to take the race out with the field, but Clement Lefert (USC) took the beginning out pretty fast right off the bat. I knew that I just had to swim my race, so that’s what I did. It was pretty close down the stretch, but my plan all along was to make my move around the 300 mark. That’s what I did and it feels great to win a title for the Gators.”

 

Junior Balazs Gercsak (Budapest, Hungary) finished seventh in the 500 with a 4:18.92 to provide depth for the Gators, after swimming a stellar morning race.

 

“The first day’s events aren’t our best as a team,” Dwyer continued, “so we’re excited about the next couple of days and the swims we have ahead of us.”

 

Florida rallied in the next race of the night with a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley by senior Shaune Fraser (George Town, Grand Cayman), who checked in at 1:42.99 just missing the title by four-hundredths to Texas’ Austin Surhoff, to chalk up his 21st career All-America title. Senior counterpart Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia) improved from a fifth-place seed to fourth overall with a career-best 1:42.43 after leading the race through the fly and back legs.

 

After qualifying both the 200-yard free and 400-yard medley relays for championship finals, the Gators chalked up a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard free relay behind Brett Fraser (George Town, Grand Cayman), Shaune Fraser, junior Matt Norton (Port Orange, Fla.) and senior Roberto Gomez (Weston, Fla.). Florida turned in a 1:17.96 finale after getting started with a 19.67 leadoff leg by Brett Fraser.

 

Florida closed out the evening session with a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, composed of Pinzon, Dwyer and both Frasers, swimming a 3:06.06 after completing finals second in 3:05.88.

 

Florida fans can follow a live video stream of the 2010 competition on the Ohio State University campus by visiting here. The Gators will return to the pool for the second day of competition Saturday for the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 800 free relay. A recap and results following both prelims and finals will be posted on www.GatorZone.com following the conclusion of each session.

 

University of Florida Records (1)

1. 500-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer, 4:13.64

            **Conor Dwyer (4:14.58, 2009)

 

2010 National Titles (1)

1. 500-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer, 4:13.64

 

2010 All-America Performances (by student-athlete)

1. Conor Dwyer (2 honors): 500 free, 400 medley relay

2. Brett Fraser (2 honors): 200 free relay, 400 medley relay

3. Shaune Fraser (3 honors): 200 free relay, 200 IM, 400 medley relay

4. Matt Norton (1 honor): 200 free relay

5. Roberto Gomez (1 honor): 200 free relay

6. Omar Pinzon (2 honors): 200 IM, 400 medley relay

7. Balazs Gercsak (1 honor): 500 free

 

2010 NCAA Notables

·          On the first day of 2010 NCAA competition, junior Conor Dwyer won the 500 free in school-record pace (4:13.64), marking UF’s second 500 free title all-time, and the last since Matt Cetlinski won in 1986.

·          Dwyer’s 500 free title marks Florida’s 28th individual NCAA title, 36th overall (including relays)

 

FRIDAY FINALS RESULTS

Florida Record – F

Career Best Mark – *

Pool Record – P

 

200-yard freestyle relay

7. Fraser (B), Fraser (S), Norton, Gomez: 1:17.96

 

500-yard freestyle

1. Conor Dwyer: 4:13.64 P F *

7. Balazs Gercsak: 4:18.92

 

200-yard individual medley

2. Shaune Fraser: 1:42.99

4. Omar Pinzon: 1:42.43 *

 

400-yard medley relay

4. Pinzon, Dwyer, Fraser (S), Fraser (B): 3:06.06

 

 

FRIDAY PRELIMINARIES RESULTS

Florida Record – F

Career Best Mark – *

Pool Record – P

 

200-yard freestyle relay

6. Fraser (B), Fraser (S), Norton, Gomez: 1:17.64

 

500-yard freestyle

1. Conor Dwyer: 4:15.20 P

6. Balazs Gercsak: 4:16.76

26. Jeff Raymond: 4:21.12

43. Roland Rudolf: 4:25.63

44. Joey Pedraza: 4:25.69

 

200-yard individual medley

2. Shaune Fraser: 1:43.21

5. Omar Pinzon: 1:42.47 *

33. Sebastien Rousseau: 1:46.03

 

50-yard freestyle

30. Roberto Gomez: 19.88

35. Matt Norton: 19.95 *

 

400-yard medley relay

2. Loughran, Dwyer, Fraser (S), Fraser (B): 3:05.88

 

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