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Friday February 18, 2011Gators Win Five SEC Titles and Break Two SEC Records on Day Three of SEC Championships

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Ė The University of Florida menís and womenís swimming teams combined to capture five Southeastern Conference championships Friday on the third night of the SEC Championships at the Stephen C. OíConnell Center. In addition, Florida broke the menís and womenís SEC and UF 400-yard individual medley records.

 

ďThe 400-yard IM was key for us,Ē head coach Gregg Troy said. ďWe had several premier performances tonight and raced extremely well.Ē

 

In the finals of the menís and womenís 400 IM to start the evening, senior Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) and freshman Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) broke the pool, school and SEC records with NCAA automatic qualifying times of 3:37.75 and 4:00.35, respectively. Dwyerís mark ranks third in American history behind American record holder Tyler Clary (3:35.98 on March 26, 2009) and Olympic legend Michael Phelps (3:36.26 on March 2, 2006), while Beiselís time currently ranks second in the nation.

 

Also picking up an automatic NCAA time in the womenís 400 IM was junior Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.), who won a bronze medal in the event with a time of 4:07.25.

 

The next event after the womenís 400 IM was the menís 100-yard butterfly, where Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) won the event with a pool-record mark. The freshmanís gold-medal winning time of 46.03 is the second-fastest time in the country this season and ranks third in school history.

 

Following Cieslakís dominance in the 100 fly, Floridaís next medal came in the menís 100-yard backstroke, where redshirt sophomore Marco Loughran (London, England) took home gold with a NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 45.70.

 

In the last menís event of the evening, Loughran partnered with Dwyer, Cieslak and senior Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) in capturing the menís 400-yard medley relay title with an automatic qualifying time of 3:04.99. The second-fastest time in school history was aided by Loughranís 45.61 backstroke split, which ranks second all-time at UF behind Gator great Ryan Lochte (44.60). The personal-best time is also the top time in the NCAA this year in the event.

 

Picking up his own NCAA automatic qualifying time was Fraser, who took silver on the medal stand after clocking in at 1:32.60 in the menís 200-yard freestyle.

 

Other Gators picking up medals included senior captain Michael Joyce (Voorhees, N.J.) with a bronze in the menís 400 IM (personal-best 3:44.07) and sophomore Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) with a bronze in the menís 200 free (personal-best 1:33.87).

 

Day Three Finals Results

 

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SEC Titles Won by UF at Day Three Finals (5)

Event

Name

Time

Menís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Conor Dwyer

3:37.75

Womenís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Elizabeth Beisel

4:00.83

Menís 100-Yard Butterfly

Marcin Cieslak

46.03

Menís 100-Yard Backstroke

Marco Loughran

45.70

Menís 400-Yard Medley Relay

Loughran, Dwyer, Cieslak, Fraser

3:04.99

 

SEC Records Set at Day Three Finals (5)

 Event

Name

School

Time

Menís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Conor Dwyer

Florida

3:37.75

Womenís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Elizabeth Beisel

Florida

4:00.83

Womenís 200-Yard Freestyle

Morgan Scroggy

Georgia

1:42.46

Womenís 100-Yard Breaststroke

Jane Trepp

LSU

58.94

Womenís 400-Yard Medley Relay

Connolly, Moravcikova, Floyd, Gendron

Tennessee

3:30.90

 

UF School Records Set at Day Three Finals (2)

Event

Name

Time

Menís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Conor Dwyer

3:37.75

Womenís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Elizabeth Beisel

4:00.83

 

Stephen C. OíConnell Center Pool Records Set at Day Three Finals (10)

Event

Name

School

Time

Menís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Conor Dwyer

Florida

3:37.75

Womenís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Elizabeth Beisel

Florida

4:00.83

Menís 100-Yard Butterfly

Marcin Cieslak

Florida

46.83

Womenís 100-Yard Butterfly

Jennifer Connolly

Tennessee

51.64

Womenís 200-Yard Freestyle

Morgan Scroggy

Georgia

1:42.46

Menís 100-Yard Breaststroke

Stuart Ferguson

Auburn

53.01

Womenís 100-Yard Breaststroke

Jane Trepp

LSU

58.94

Womenís 100-Yard Backstroke

Jennifer Connolly

Tennessee

51.39

Menís 400-Yard Medley Relay

Loughran, Dwyer, Cieslak, Fraser

Florida

3:04.99

Womenís 400-Yard Medley Relay

Connolly, Moravcikova, Floyd, Gendron

Tennessee

3:30.90

 

2011 NCAA Automatic Qualifying Times by Florida at Day Three Finals (7)

Event

Name

Time

Menís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Conor Dwyer

3:37.75

Womenís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Elizabeth Beisel

4:00.83

Womenís 400-Yard Individual Medley

Teresa Crippen

4:07.25

Menís 100-Yard Butterfly

Marcin Cieslak

46.83

Menís 200-Yard Freestyle

Brett Fraser

1:32.60

Menís 100-Yard Backstroke

Marco Loughran

45.70

Menís 400-Yard Medley Relay

Loughran, Dwyer, Cieslak, Fraser

3:04.99

 

Team Scores Heading Into the Last Day

 

MEN

 Rank

School

Points

1

Auburn

574

2

Florida

547

3

Tennessee

443.5

4

Georgia

347

5

LSU

215.5

6

Alabama

182

7

Kentucky

165

8

South Carolina

153

 

WOMEN

 Rank

School

Points

1

Georgia

515

1

Florida

463

3

Auburn

425

4

Tennessee

314.5

5

LSU

295

6

South Carolina

203

7

Kentucky

179

8

Arkansas

149

9

Alabama

141.5

10

Vanderbilt

64

 

WINNING QUOTES

 

Menís 400 IM
Florida Senior Conor Dwyer
ďIíve been training a lot. I didnít know really what to expect, but I was really happy with the time. We didnít set any goal times for this event, but Iím extremely honored to break Ryanís (Lochte) record.Ē

Womenís 400 IM
Florida Freshman Elizabeth Beisel

ďGetting around the four-minute mark was definitely the plan. I didnít quite do it tonight, but I have plenty of other chances.Ē

Menís 100 Fly
Florida Freshman Marcin Cieslak

ďThis is my first big meet here in the United States, so I really tried to do the best that I could. Itís a great beginning for me here at Florida and this is a huge surprise for me in winning this event.Ē


Womenís 100 Fly

Tennessee Junior Jennifer Connolly

ďI was working for it and that was my goal. I saw it and went out and tried to get it.

Menís 200 Free
Tennessee Junior Ryan Harrison
ďI worked hard with my coaches all year. I worked hard in this event; Iíve been working for this my whole life.Ē

Womenís 200 Free
Georgia Senior Morgan Scroggy

ďItís nice to come here and swim well. We try to take it one way at a time and Iím extremely pleased with the way I raced.Ē

Menís 100 Breast

Auburn Sophomore Stuart Ferguson

ďIt was a short race, but I was able to come out in front. Itís a great meet with two evenly matched teams (Auburn and Florida), but Iím going to do my part.Ē

 

Womenís 100 Breast

LSU Senior Jane Trepp

ďIíve never done under a minute in this race. Itís my senior year, so Iím happy I finally did it. Iím tired, but Iím very happy.Ē

 

Menís 100 Back

Florida Junior Marco Loughran

ďI knew that the people I was going up against were great swimmers. I also knew I had a chance to win if I could just execute my turns.Ē

 

Womenís 100 Back

Tennessee Junior Jennifer Connolly

ďIíve been doing this for a couple of years now. Iíve been visualizing and focusing on this moment over and over and over all season. Itís great to see it finally pay off.Ē

 

Menís 400 Medley Relay

Florida Senior Conor Dwyer

ďIt was very exciting. We wanted to end the day on a high note. We have to come out tomorrow and race hard. Every guy matters from a team standpoint. Weíre looking forward to tomorrow.Ē

 

Womenís 400 Medley Relay

Tennessee Junior Jennifer Connolly

ďAll four of us have been working insanely hard. We have a great team right behind us supporting us. It really wasnít that hard to imagine with the talent and hard work that we have put in.Ē

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