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Sunday March 28, 2010Gators Finish Fifth at 2010 NCAAs; Dwyer Named Division I National Men's Swimmer of the Year

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Photo courtesy of Walt Middleton

Led by three individual national titles, including two by the 2010 Division I National Men’s Swimmer of the Year, junior Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.), the Florida men brought home a fifth-place finish from the 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Sunday in Columbus, racking up 364 points, the most ever in Florida swimming and diving history, in the process. For the seventh time in head coach Gregg Troy’s tenure at Florida, the Gators secured a top five finish at the NCAA meet. The team from Texas took the overall title (500), with California (469.5), Arizona (387) and Stanford (369) placing second through fourth to complete the top five team finishers.

 

“We’re really proud of the way the guys finished the meet this weekend,” Troy said. “We raced tough the whole way through to the very last relay. We didn’t have as many bodies this year, but to come out and accumulate the most points ever for a Florida team in an NCAA meet is really an accomplishment. Our seniors, Shaune Fraser, Roberto Gomez, Omar Pinzon and Roland Rudolf, did absolutely outstanding. Conor was very deserving of National Men’s Swimmer of the Year, but Shaune also had a fantastic meet, finishing second in two races and first in the other, while all were major contributors in each of our relays. Our seniors have contributed four great years here at Florida, and even though we were a little short tonight, our entire coaching staff is very happy with the way they performed the whole way through.”

 

Eleven Gators swam 38 All-America performances, while shattering two Florida records in the process. Dwyer, Shaune Fraser (George Town, Grand Cayman) and Brett Fraser (George Town, Grand Cayman) led the way for the Gators with seven All-America honors throughout the three-day meet, contributing both as individuals and to the team’s relay efforts.

 

Fraser, a 2010 senior, ended his career donning the Orange and Blue as a 27-time All-American, the most in University of Florida history. With his seven honors in Columbus, Fraser jumped Carlos Jayme (26) and Ryan Lochte (24) in the Florida record books to go out on top.

 

Just as Shaune Fraser’s 200-yard fly was a close race when he took the national title in 2009, the 2010 competition proved to be even closer. While Fraser was just edged by Georgia’s Mark Dylla in the event, a two-handed touch disqualification for Dylla resulted in a Fraser victory in the event after senior swam a 1:41.45.

 

"You have to feel bad for (Mark) Dylla. He won the race and he's a great competitor, we swim each other in the SEC each season,” Fraser said of the outcome. “On the other hand, with the disqualification situation, the points went towards Florida and that boosted us. It feels good to compete in such a close race again - it's one of the races I won last year at NCAAs. Like last year, it was another great race that came right down to the last touch."

 

Freshman Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) joined Fraser in the championship finals of the event, finishing sixth in the field after clocking a 1:43.33. Junior Joey Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) kicked off the final night of swimming for the Gators Sunday in the mile, clocking a 15:15.41, to finish 25th overall in the field.

 

The Gators’ backstroke corps, composed of senior Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia), freshman Marco Loughran (London, England) and senior Roland Rudolf (Budapest, Hungary) finished fourth, eighth and 13th, respectively. After leading for the first 150 of the race, Pinzon was tracked down on the final 50 to touch in at 1:40.09, improving upon his 1:40.90 prelims finish. Loughran clocked a 1:41.37, while Rudolf finished fifth in the consolation final in 1:42.37.

 

Dwyer and Brett Fraser represented the Gators in consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle, finishing 11th and 16th, respectively with times of 42.90 and 43.41.

 

The UF 400-yard freestyle quartet closed out a successful 2010 NCAA meet for the Orange and Blue as Fraser (B), Dwyer, senior Roberto Gomez (Weston, Fla.) and Fraser (S) collaborated for a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:51.36 in the last event of the championships.

 

Florida fans can log on here for complete and final results from the 2010 NCAA Championships. Additionally, ESPN2 will air the NCAA Men's Championship Recap Show Wed., April 7. The 90-minute show will air at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

 

2010 NCAA Final Team Scores

1. Texas, 500

2. California, 469.5

3. Arizona, 387

4. Stanford, 369

5. Florida, 364

6. Auburn, 277.5

7. Michigan, 204

8. Georgia, 143

9. Ohio State, 136.5

10. Virginia, 123

 

2010 Gator Awards

2010 Division I National Men’s Swimmer of the Year, Conor Dwyer

 

University of Florida Records (2)

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

            **Previous**Conor Dwyer (4:14.58, 2010)

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 (3)

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

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

3. 200-yard butterfly: Shaune Fraser, 1:41.45

 

2010 All-America Performances (by student-athlete)

1. Conor Dwyer (7 honors): 500 free, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 200 free, 800 free relay, 100 free ^, 400 free relay

2. Brett Fraser (7 honors): 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 200 free, 800 free relay, 100 free ^, 400 free relay

3. Shaune Fraser (7 honors): 200 free relay, 200 IM, 400 medley relay, 200 free, 800 free relay, 200 fly, 400 free relay

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

5. Roberto Gomez (2 honors): 200 free relay, 400 free relay

6. Omar Pinzon (5 honors): 200 IM, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 100 back, 200 back

7. Balazs Gercsak (1 honor): 500 free

8. Marco Loughran (3 honors): 200 medley relay, 100 back, 200 back

9. Sebastien Rousseau (2 honors): 400 individual medley^, 200 fly

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

11. Roland Rudolf (1 honor): 200 back ^

^ indicates honorable mention honor

 

2010 NCAA Notables

·          The Gators finished fifth at the 2010 NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year, marking the seventh top-five finish in head coach Gregg Troy’s tenure at UF and the 11th consecutive top-10 finish

·          Florida swimmers brought home three national titles, matching last year’s total, to bring the Gator all-time national title count to 38

·          Florida scored 364 points at the 2010 NCAA Championship meet, the most ever in Florida swimming and diving history

·          Eleven swimmers tallied 38 All-America honors during the 2010 campaign, while shattering two Florida records in the process

·          Junior Conor Dwyer was named the 2010 National Men’s Swimmer of the Year, becoming the fourth Gator to be honored with the award (Ryan Lochte: 2005&2006, Greg Burgess: 1993, Martin Zubero 1991)

·          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 and jumped into a tie for ninth place in Gator NCAA title leaders, with two

·          On the final night of competition, senior Shaune Fraser repeated in the 200-yard fly to take the third national title of his career as a Gator. Fraser closed his career with the most All-America honors of any Gator in Florida history (27), jumping Carlos Jayme (26) and Ryan Lochte (24) to go out on top

·          Fraser’s first-place fly finish was his second consecutive in the event and Florida’s fifth all-time in the event (Fraser; 2009&2010, Anthony Nesty; 1990, Craig Beardsley; 1981&1982) as he became the second Gator two-time NCAA Champion in the 200 fly

·          With three individual NCAA titles, Fraser elevated to a tie for seventh with former Gator Albert Mestre in NCAA title leaders, with three

·          The 200 fly title was UF’s 38th all-time national title

 

SUNDAY FINALS RESULTS

Florida Record – F

Career Best Mark – *

Pool Record – P

 

1650-yard freestyle

25. Joey Pedraza: 15:15.41

 

200-yard backstroke

4. Omar Pinzon: 1:40.09

8. Marco Loughran: 1:41.37

13. Roland Rudolf: 1:42.37

 

100-yard freestyle

11. Conor Dwyer: 42.90

16. Brett Fraser: 43.41

 

200-yard butterfly

1. Shaune Fraser: 1:41.45 P

6. Sebastien Rousseau: 1:43.33

 

400-yard freestyle relay

4. Fraser (B), Dwyer, Gomez, Fraser (S): 2:51.36

 

SUNDAY PRELIMINARIES RESULTS

Florida Record – F

Career Best Mark – *

Pool Record – P

 

200-yard backstroke

5. Omar Pinzon: 1:40.90

8. Marco Loughran: 1:40.88

12. Roland Rudolf: 1:41.82

(Loughran tied for 8th at 1:41.55 in prelims, swam a 1:40.88 in the swim-off to keep 8th)

 

100-yard freestyle

11. Conor Dwyer: 42.97

14. Brett Fraser: 43.06

25. Matt Norton: 43.51 *

41. Roberto Gomez: 44.27

 

200-yard butterfly

2. Shaune Fraser: 1:42.19

5. Sebastien Rousseau: 1:42.82 *

19. Jeff Raymond: 1:45.17 *

22. Balazs Gercsak: 1:45.21

 

400-yard freestyle relay

6. Fraser (B), Dwyer, Norton, Fraser (S): 2:52.90

 

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