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Friday November 18, 2011Both Gator Squads Atop of Standings Following First Day of Georgia Tech Invitational

Atlanta, Ga.

The University of Florida swimming and diving team concluded the first day of the Georgia Tech Invitational with both the men’s and women’s squads atop of the standings in first place after competing in 12 events. Nine teams in Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Miami, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Atlantic, Clemson, Auburn and Alabama took to the pool to partake in the three-day meet.

The women collected 318 points, with three first-place and three other top-three finishes, while the men collected 1 event victory and two other top-three times to finish with 373 points on the night and land in first to start the invitational. Both Gator squads are ahead of in-state rival Florida State with the men leading by 71, and the women by 45 points.

The duo of senior Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.) and sophomore Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) led the way for the women as both were a part of the two winning relay teams, as they helped to claim the 200 free and 400 medley relay titles on the evening. Bateman and Beisel teamed up with Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) and Alana Pazevic (Mill Creek, Wash.) to finish the 200 freestyle relay in 1:31.99. For the 400 medley relay Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) replaced Pazevic as she joined forces with Bateman, Beisel and Bohunicky to stop the clock at 3:41.39 and win the race. Both relay squads turned in NCAA “B” cuts.

Bateman swam the lone individual victory for the Gators when she clocked in at 22.49 in the 50 free to remain undefeated on the year in the event.

Not only was Beisel a key contributor on the relay teams, she also collected a second-place finish in the 500 free with a 4:43.90 mark. In the same event, Bohunicky closely followed suit as she touched the wall in 4:44.23 for third. U.S. National Team member Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) also gathered a top-three finish for the Gators in the 200 IM after she finished in a NCAA “B” provisional 2:00.99 time for third place.

The men’s squad began the meet in a timely fashion, with the first NCAA automatic qualifying time of the year for the Gators in the 200 freestyle relay. The speedy quartet of Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.), Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), James Turner (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) and Matt Norton (Port Orange, Fla.) finished in 1:23.07 for fifth.

Sophomore Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) was the lone Florida swimmer to capture a victory for the men when he won the 200 IM in a NCAA “B” 1:48.54.

Other top-three finishers for the Gators included Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) and Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) who finished two-three in the 500 freestyle with times of 4:25.49 and 4:27.77, respectively. deBorde also had a top-three performance in the 50 free, with a NCAA “B” 20.18 to take third in the pool of competitors.

Results from day one can be found here.

Live results for day two of the Georgia Tech Invitational can be found by following this link.

The Georgia Tech Invitational will continue tomorrow, on Saturday, November 18, 2011 with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and finals slated for 6 p.m. Gator fans are encouraged to follow the swimming and diving program via Twitter or Facebook. A complete recap of the weekend’s events will be available on www.Gatorzone.com following the conclusion of the meet on Sunday evening.

TEAM RANKINGS THROUGH DAY 1

 

WOMEN

Place

Team

Points

1

Florida

318

2

Florida State

273

3

Georgia Tech

227

4

Virginia Tech

216.5

5

Miami

172

6

Florida Gulf Coast

153

7

Florida Atlantic

115

8

Clemson

112.5

9

Auburn

58

10

Alabama

1

MEN

Place

Team

Points

1

Florida

373

2

Florida State

302

3

Virginia Tech

298.5

4

Clemson

190.5

5

Georgia Tech

167

6

Florida Atlantic

139

7

Alabama

36

8

Auburn

26

 

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