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Saturday March 27, 2010Dwyer Takes 200 Free Title on Day Two of NCAAs; Gators in Fourth Entering Sunday

Columbus, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Walt Middleton

Junior Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) became the first NCAA men’s swimmer since 2001 to win both the 200 and 500 freestyle races in the same meet after he took the 200-yard freestyle in 1:32.31 Saturday in Columbus to tally his second national championship title of the 2010 NCAA Championship meet. Florida moved to a fourth-place standing on the second day of competition (264), just five points behind third place Arizona (269), second place Texas (330) and first-place team, California (348.5). Stanford rounds out the top five with 221 points.

 

“We had a really great day of racing today,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “We did everything we could today and swam well this evening, even though we may be a few bodies short. We had a few guys swim a lot of events and you could tell they were getting tired, but they continued to race extremely hard to the end. We had excellent swims in the 200 freestyle and also in the 100 back. With tomorrow being the final day, it’s going to be a dog fight for third place. Tomorrow is our best day, but we don’t have a whole lot of races, so we have to make the ones we do have really count when it matters.”

 

Dwyer matched Klete Keller’s (Southern California) 2001 feat, also becoming the first Gator to ever win both the 200 and 500. While Dwyer took the title, senior Shaune Fraser (George Town, Grand Cayman), the defending champion in the event, took second (1:32.53) and junior Brett Fraser (George Town, Grand Cayman) placed seventh in the field. Sophomore Jeff Raymond (Davie, Fla.) improved from 16th to 13th in the consolation final (1:35.30) to help the Gators out as the UF 200-yard freestyle corps chalked up a critical 53 points for the Orange and Blue in the one event.

 

“It was a really good swim,” Dwyer, who established a career-best, said. “I really tried to push that third 50 to try and win the race. Right now, I’m just trying to contribute to the team and move us up in the team scores. Tomorrow I’m excited for the 100 free to get the fast-twitch muscles going.”

 

The same quartet who scored big for the Gators in the 200 free, Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Raymond and Dwyer, turned around to swim the final event of the evening, the 800-yard free relay, shattering a Florida record in the process after touching in at 6:14.72 to place second overall in a tight race with Texas.

 

“Of course I wanted to win the 200 free because we’re all competitive,” Fraser (S) said, “but if there’s anyone I’d want to beat me, it’d be Conor. We work together and train every day, so we’re always competing and always working hard. Tomorrow I’m looking forward to the 200 fly and then also the relay. We think we have a team together that can do pretty good and have some success.”

 

Senior Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia) and freshman Marco Loughran (London, England) continued the improvement trend in championship finals of the 100-yard backstroke, elevating from their sixth and eighth-place seeds to fourth (46.30) and sixth (46.52), respectively.

 

Another Gator freshman, Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), returned to consolation finals of the men’s 400-yard individual medley as Florida’s sole competitor in the event, clocking a 3:44.57 to finish fourth in the heat, 12th overall in the distance IM field.

 

The Orange and Blue started the Saturday evening session with a sixth-place finish (1:25.45) in the championship final of the 200-yard medley relay, composed of Loughran, Dwyer, Pinzon and Fraser (B).

 

Florida fans can follow a live video stream of the final day of the 2010 competition on the Ohio State University campus by visiting here. The Gators will return to the pool for the third and final day of competition at the 2010 NCAA Championships for the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, the mile and the 400 free relay races. 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 (2)

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

            **Previous**Conor Dwyer (4:14.58, 2009)

2. 800-yard freestyle relay: Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Raymond, Dwyer: 6:14.72

            **Previous**Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Rousseau, Dwyer (6:15.91, 2010)

 

2010 National Titles (2)

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

2. 200-yard freestyle: Conor Dwyer, 1:32.31

 

2010 All-America Performances (by student-athlete)

1. Conor Dwyer (5 honors): 500 free, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 200 free, 800 free relay

2. Brett Fraser (5 honors): 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 200 free, 800 free relay

3. Shaune Fraser (5 honors): 200 free relay, 200 IM, 400 medley relay, 200 free, 800 free relay

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

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

6. Omar Pinzon (4 honors): 200 IM, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 100 back

7. Balazs Gercsak (1 honor): 500 free

8. Marco Loughran (2 honors): 200 medley relay, 100 back

9. Sebastien Rousseau (1 honor): 400 individual medley^

10. Jeff Raymond (2 honors): 200 freestyle ^, 800 free relay

^ indicates honorable mention honor

 

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)

·          Dwyer chalked up the Gators’ fourth all-time title in the 200-yard freestyle on the second day of competition Saturday, UF’s second consecutive in the event after senior Shaune Fraser won the event in 2009, joining Fraser (2009), Adam Sioui (2002) and Mike Heath (1984) as Florida 200 free NCAA champions

·          Dwyer’s 200 freestyle race was his second individual championship title and Florida’s 37th overall

·          Conor Dwyer became the first men’s swimmer since Klete Keller (Southern California) in 2001 to win the 200 and 500 free races in the same meet. He additionally became the first Gator to ever win both the 200 and 500-yard freestyle races at the same NCAA Championship meet

 

SATURDAY FINALS RESULTS

Florida Record – F

Career Best Mark – *

Pool Record – P

 

200-yard medley relay

6. Loughran, Dwyer, Pinzon, Fraser (B): 1:25.45

 

400-yard individual medley

12. Sebastien Rousseau: 3:44.57

 

200-yard freestyle

1. Conor Dwyer: 1:32.31 *P

2. Shaune Fraser: 1:32.53

7. Brett Fraser: 1:34.06

13. Jeff Raymond: 1:35.30

 

100-yard backstroke

4. Omar Pinzon: 46.30

6. Marco Loughran: 46.52

 

800-yard freestyle relay

2. Fraser (S), Fraser (B), Raymond, Dwyer: 6:14.72 F

 

SATURDAY PRELIMINARIES RESULTS

Florida Record – F

Career Best Mark – *

Pool Record – P

 

200-yard medley relay

4. Loughran, Dwyer, Pinzon, Fraser (B): 1:25.71

 

400-yard individual medley

12. Sebastien Rousseau: 3:44.63

28. Joey Pedraza: 3:52.28

 

200-yard freestyle

1. Conor Dwyer: 1:33.43

3. Brett Fraser: 1:33.61 *

6. Shaune Fraser: 1:33.70

16. Jeff Raymond: 1:35.03 *

22. Balazs Gercsak: 1:35.52 *

35. Matt Norton: 1:37.15

40. Roberto Gomez: 1:37.76

 

100-yard backstroke

6. Omar Pinzon: 46.40

8. Marco Loughran: 46.54

 

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