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Saturday October 22, 2011Florida Finishes Second at Annual SMU Classic

Dallas, Texas

After a successful victory over SEC opponent Arkansas on Thursday, eight Gator swimmers made their way to Dallas, Texas to partake in the Annual SMU Classic, in which they finished second out of six competitors with 330 points, falling to Texas who posted 350 points at Perkins Natatorium Saturday evening. The meet featured six nationally-ranked swim teams from different conferences: No. 6 Texas (Big 12), No. 7 Florida (SEC), No. 11 Wisconsin (Big 10), No. 13 UVA (ACC), No. 36 SMU (C-USA) and no. 40 Louisville (BIG EAST).


On hand to represent Florida at the SMU Classic were seniors Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.), Kaylee Doback (Brandon, Fla.) and Kirsten Smith (Gary, N.C.); juniors Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.); sophomores Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.), Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland), Alana Pazevic (Mill Creek, Wash.) and Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) and freshman Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.).


The Gators captured seven individual and one relay title at the SMU Classic. Beisel, who swept both the IM and backstroke events, led the Gators with a team-high four victories. Bateman joined her teammate after she gathered two victories throughout the competition as the only Gators to collect more than one victory..


Beisel captured four titles, as she swept both the IM and back events. The sophomore won the 200 and 400 IM in 1:58.77 and 4:10.79, respectively. She claimed the 400 IM title by more than six seconds, as the second-place finisher clocked in at 4:16.32. Rainer, the lone freshman in Dallas, also swam both IM events for the Gators. She finished 8th in both the 200 and 400 with a times 2:04.00 and of 4:20.44, respectively.


In the backstroke events, Beisel grabbed the top spot in both the 100 and 200 races, clocking in at 54.65 and 1:54.44, respectively.


Bateman nabbed victories in the 50 free and 100 fly with times of 22.53 and 53.27, respectively and finished second in the 100 free with a 49.57 mark. Sophomores Pazevic and Zalewski each competed in the pool alongside the senior Gator,as Pazevic finished the 50 free in 23.99 for 11th and the 100 free in 51.54 for eighth, while Zalewski took ninth in the 100 fly with a 56.96 mark.


Gainesville native, Bohunicky helped the Gators, claiming first in the 500 free with a time of 4:46.94 and second in the 200 free (1:47.98).


Luthersdottir and Rainer posted points for the Gators as they each finished second in their respective events. The sophomore, Luthersdottir swam the 100 breast in 1:02.84 while Rainer, the lone freshman competing for the Gators , swam the 200 breast in 2:15.44.


Florida proved victorious in the 200 freestyle relay after Bateman, Zalewski, Pazevic and Bohunicky touched the wall in 1:32.55 – more than one second ahead of second-place Texas who finished in 1:34.17.


Both the 400 medley and 800 freestyle relay teams finished second in the pool of competitors, as Texas ousted them for the top spot in each event. Pazevic, Bateman, Luthersdottir and Bohunicky clocked in at 3:43.47 to finish behind Texas in the 400 medley relay. Bohunicky later teamed up with Smith, Zalewski and Beisel for the same outcome in the 800 freestyle relay as they combined to finish in 7:17.02.


The quartet of Pazevic, Luthersdottir, Zalewski and Bateman took to the pool for the 200 medley relay, finishing third in 1:43.65.


In the diving competition, Doback left the meet with two top-three finishes. The senior finished third on the one-meter boards with 247.55 points and second in three-meter competition with 289.85 points.


For full results from the SMU Classic, please click here.


Both the men’s and women’s squads will take to the pool on Friday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. when Florida plays host to SEC foe Georgia in the first long course meet of the season. Fans are also encouraged to follow the swimming and diving program on Twitter or Facebook for all the latest news and information.













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