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Saturday February 19, 2011Gators Qualify 17 Swimmers for Last Night of SEC Championships

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Ė The University of Florida menís and womenís swimming teams qualified a combined 17 swimmers Saturday morning for the finals of day four of the 2011 SEC Swimming Championships at the Stephen C. OíConnell Center.

 

The morning started out with the Orange and Blue sweeping the 200-yard backstroke. Redshirt sophomore Marco Loughran (London, England), who won the gold medal Friday in the menís 100 back, captured the 200 back with a NCAA ďBĒ cut time of 1:41.82, the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season. In the womenís event, freshman Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) picked up another NCAA automatic qualifying time with a first-place finish of 1:53.20. The Olympianís time was good for fourth in school history and currently ranks fifth nationally in 2010-11.

 

Up next was the menís 100-yard freestyle that saw senior Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) finish second (42.72) and freshman Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) take fourth (43.09) to qualify for the evening finals. Fraserís NCAA ďBĒ cut time is the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA this year, while deBordeís mark ranks seventh in school history and is sixth-fastest in the nation this season.

 

The womenís 100 free also saw two Gators qualify, with juniors Shara Stafford (Topeka, Kan.) and Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.) taking seventh and eighth, respectively. Stafford finished with a NCAA provisional time of 48.91, while Batemanís personal-best 48.96 mark ranks ninth in school history. In addition to Floridaís fast times, Auburnís Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace broke the U.S. Open, NCAA, SEC and pool record with a 46.81 mark in the womenís 100 free.

 

In the menís 200-yard breaststroke, three Gator men swam personal best NCAA ďBĒ cut times to finished six through eight and advance to tonightís finals. Junior Robby Kennedy (Rochester Hills, Mich.) took seventh with a personal-best 1:57.54, the sixth-fastest time in school history. Freshman Eric Solis (Holland, Mich.) clocked in at a personal-best 1:58.41, the 10th-fastest time in school history and senior Michael Joyce (Voorhees, N.J.) touched the wall in a career-best 1:58.45 to take the final spot in the finals.

 

Swimming the second-fastest time in school history in the womenís 200 breast was sophomore Sarra Lajnef (Tunis, Tunisia), who clocked in at a fourth-place personal-best NCAA provisional time of 2:11.54.

 

The next event was the menís 200-yard butterfly, where three of the top four times belonged to the Orange and Blue. Finishing second in a NCAA ďBĒ cut time of 1:43.03 was sophomore Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa). Right behind Rousseau in third place was freshman Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland), who clocked in at a NCAA provisional mark of 1:44.55. Also recording a NCAA ďBĒ cut was sophomore Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.), who took fourth with a personal-best 1:44.80.

 

In the last event of the morning prelims, junior Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) qualified for the finals with a second-place NCAA qualifying time of 1:56.88. Also qualifying for the finals of the event was 2010 SEC Community Service Team member Anna-Liisa Pold (San Diego, Calif.). The junior placed seventh in the prelims with a personal-best 1:58.36.

 

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Day Four Finals Heat Sheet

 

Day Four Finals Live Streaming

  

Day Four Finals Live Stats

 

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Florida Swimmers Advancing to Saturday Nightís Finals (17 Ė 9 Men, 8 Women)

 

Menís 200 Back

Place

Name

Time

1

Marco Loughran

1:41.82

 

Womenís 200 Back

Place

Name

Time

1

Elizabeth Beisel

1:53.20

3

Teresa Crippen

1:54.12

6

Trish Regan

1:55.45

 

Menís 100 Free

Place

Name

Time

2

Brett Fraser

42.72

4

Teresa Crippen

43.09

 

Womenís 100 Free

Place

Name

Time

7

Shara Stafford

48.91

8

Sarah Bateman

48.96

 

Menís 200 Breast

Place

Name

Time

6

Robby Kennedy

1:57.54

7

Eric Solis

1:58.41

8

Michael Joyce

1:58.45

 

Womenís 200 Breast

Place

Name

Prelims

4.

Sarra Lajnef

2:11.54

 

Menís 200 Fly

Place

Name

Time

2

Sebastien Rousseau

1:43.03

3

Marcin Cieslak

1:44.55

4

Cameron Martin

1:44.80

 

Womenís 200 Fly

Place

Name

Time

2

Teresa Crippen

1:56.88

7

Anna-Liisa Pold

1:58.36

 

U.S. Open Records Set at Day Four Prelims (1)

Event

Name

School

Time

Womenís 100-Yard Freestyle

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

Auburn

46.81

 

NCAA Records Set at Day Four Prelims (1)

Event

Name

School

Time

Womenís 100-Yard Freestyle

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

Auburn

46.81

 

SEC Records Set at Day Four Prelims (1)

Event

Name

School

Time

Womenís 100-Yard Freestyle

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

Auburn

46.81

 

Stephen C. OíConnell Center Pool Records Set at Day Three Prelims (3)

Event

Name

School

Time

Menís 100-Yard Freestyle

Adam Brown

Auburn

42.26

Womenís 100-Yard Freestyle

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

Auburn

46.81

Womenís 200-Yard Breaststroke

Amanda Rutqvist

South Carolina

2:09.87

 

2011 NCAA Automatic Qualifying Times by Florida (1)

 Event

Name

Time

Womenís 200-Yard Backstroke

Elizabeth Beisel

1:53.20

 

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