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Sunday February 20, 2011Gator Men & Women Finish Second at 2011 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Ė After a week of completely rewriting the University of Florida record books, the UF menís and womenís swimming and diving teams each finished second at the conclusion of the 2011 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the Stephen C. OíConnell Center. The Florida women (678 points) fell just short of the University of Georgia (720), while the UF men (782) just missed dethroning the men from Auburn (799).

 

ďI am extremely proud of the way both of our teams competed throughout this entire week,Ē head coach Gregg Troy said. ďWe left a couple of points on the board, but we also had some outstanding performances that qualified us for the NCAA Championships in several events. I want to thank all of the swimming fans that came out each day and provided our student-athletes with an incredible atmosphere to race in. As they saw, the pool here at the OíConnell Center is certainly one of, if not, the fastest pools in the country.Ē

 

POST-MEET INTERVIEW FROM HEAD COACH GREGG TROY

 

POST-MEET INTERVIEWS FROM UF SWIMMERS

 

Hosting the meet for the first time since 2005, the Gators brought home their fair share of medals and records. The Gators ended the meet with 14 conference titles won (10 men, four women), five SEC records set and seven school records either tied or broken. The Orange and Blue also posted 22 NCAA automatic marks to close out the four-day conference meet at the OíConnell Center.

 

Several Gators won SEC hardware for their efforts this past week. Senior Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) took home SEC Male Swimmer of the Year, and along with Auburnís Dan Mazzaferro, shared the Commissionerís Trophy for the High Point Award for most individual points scored at the meet. Dwyer is the only swimmer in SEC history to take home both SEC Male Swimmer of the Year honors and the Commissionerís Trophy in consecutive years. Freshmen Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) (men) became the first pair of Gators to ever bring home both SEC Freshman of the Year Awards, with Beisel becoming the first Gator female since Caroline Burckle in 2005 to win the award, and Cieslak becoming the first Gator male since Bradley Ally in 2006 to be honored in the menís side. In diving, senior Monica Dodson (Franklin, Ind.) picked up her first career SEC Female Diver of the Year Award, while head diving coach Donnie Craine was named SEC Womenís Diving Coach of the Year for the third time.

 

Freshman Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) started off the Gatorsí final night with a second-place finish in the menís 1,650-yard freestyle. Signorinís personal-best NCAA ďBĒ cut time of 14:52.11 is the fastest of any freshman in the NCAA this season and the third quickest in 2010-11. Dwyer finished right behind him with the fourth-fastest time in the country, a personal-best NCAA provisional mark of 14:52.75. Signorinís time ranks fourth in school history, while Dwyerís time ranks sixth. Sophomore Corinne Showalter (Sarasota, Fla.) joined them on the medal stand with a bronze finish in the womenís 1,650 free, touching the wall at a personal-best 16:02.92. Showalterís NCAA qualifying time ranks seventh all-time at Florida.

 

A sweep in the 200-yard backstroke came next for the Orange and Blue, with redshirt sophomore Marco Loughran (London, England) and Beisel winning the menís and womenís event with NCAA automatic qualifying times, respectively. Loughran swam the fastest time in the NCAA this season (1:40.11) to rank fourth in school history, while Beisel matched the Brit with her own nation-leading time of 1:51.55. Beiselís time also ranks in the top-10 in school history (third).

 

Next on the podium was senior Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) who brought home silver with a time of 42.45 in the menís 100-yard freestyle. Fraserís mark ranks third in the NCAA this year and third in school history.

 

Floridaís next trip to the medal stand came in the menís 200-yard butterfly, where Cieslak and sophomore Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) earned silver and bronze medals, respectively.† The Poland native clocked in at an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:42.45 to take second, marking the third-quickest time in school history and ranking second in the NCAA this season. Rousseauís time of 1:42.80 is the third-fastest mark nationally in 2010-11 and ranks fourth in school history.

 

In the womenís 200 fly, junior Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) brought home UFís final championship of the evening with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 1:53.95. The time is the third-fastest time in the country this year.

 

The Gatorsí last trip to the medal stand came in the menís 400-yard freestyle relay, where freshman Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) teamed up with Fraser, Rousseau and sophomore Scott Sommer (Ocala, Fla.) to earn silver with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:51.93. The fourth-fastest time in school history also ranks fourth in the country this season.

 

COMPLETE RESULTS OF 2011 SEC SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS 

 

Final Team Scores

 

MEN

 Rank

School

Points

1

Auburn

799

2

Florida

782

3

Tennessee

602.5

4

Georgia

496

5

LSU

271.5

6

Alabama

271

7

South Carolina

217

8

Kentucky

199

 

WOMEN

 Rank

School

Points

1

Georgia

720

2

Florida

678

3

Auburn

563

4

Tennessee

466.5

5

LSU

393

6

South Carolina

252

7

Kentucky

236

8

Arkansas

210

9

Alabama

195.5

10

Vanderbilt

78

 

SEC Yearly Awards Won by UF (6)

Event

Name

Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year

Marcin Cieslak

Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year

Elizabeth Beisel

Female Diver of the Year

Monica Dodson

Womenís Diving Coach of the Year

Donnie Craine

Male Swimmer of the Year

Conor Dwyer

Commissionerís Trophy (High Point Award)

Conor Dwyer (Tie)

 

SEC Titles Won by UF at Day Four Finals (3)

Event

Name

Time

Menís 200-Yard Backstroke

Marco Loughran

1:40.11

Womenís 200-Yard Backstroke

Elizabeth Beisel

1:51.55

Womenís 200-Yard Butterfly

Teresa Crippen

1:53.95

 

U.S. Open Records Tied at Day Four Finals (1)

Event

Name

School

Time

Womenís 100-Yard Freestyle

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

Auburn

46.81

 

NCAA Records Tied at Day Four Finals (1)

Event

Name

School

Time

Womenís 100-Yard Freestyle

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

Auburn

46.81

 

SEC Records Set at Day Four Finals (1)

Event

Name

School

Time

Womenís 100-Yard Freestyle (TIE)

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

Auburn

46.81

Womenís 200-Yard Breaststroke

Amanda Rutqvist

South Carolina

2:09.87

Menís 200-Yard Butterfly

Mark Dylla

Georgia

1:41.35

 

Stephen C. OíConnell Center Pool Records Set at Day Four Finals (8)

Event

Name

School

Time

Menís 100-Yard Freestyle

Adam Brown

Auburn

41.92

Womenís 100-Yard Freestyle (TIE)

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

Auburn

46.81

Menís 200-Yard Breaststroke

Brad Craig

Tennessee

1:54.24

Womenís 200-Yard Breaststroke

Amanda Rutqvist

South Carolina

2:09.87

Menís 200-Yard Butterfly

Mark Dylla

Georgia

1:41.35

Menís 1,650-Yard Freestyle

Martin Grodzki

Georgia

14:36.93

Menís 400-Yard Freestyle Relay

Brown, Krug, Modrov, Norys

Auburn

2:49.95

Womenís 400-Yard Freestyle Relay

Riordan, Geary, Bos, Vanderpool-Wallace

Auburn

3:13.03

 

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

 Event

Name

Time

Menís 200-Yard Backstroke

Marco Loughran

1:40.11

Womenís 200-Yard Backstroke

Elizabeth Beisel

1:53.20

Womenís 200-Yard Backstroke

Teresa Crippen

1:51.71

Menís 200-Yard Butterfly††

Marcin Cieslak

1:42.45

Menís 200-Yard Butterfly

Sebastien Rousseau

1:42.80

Womenís 200-Yard Butterfly

Teresa Crippen

1:53.95

Menís 400-Yard Freestyle Relay

deBorde, Fraser, Rousseau, Sommer

2:51.93

 

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