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Sunday November 20, 2011Florida Women Claim First Ever Georgia Tech Invitational Title, Men Finish Second

Atlanta, Ga.

The University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team won the Georgia Tech Invitational for the first time in program history Sunday evening, while the men finished second for the third consecutive year. The women finished with four relay and four individual victories to accumulate 1,196.5 points and the first-place finish, while the men brought home one relay and four individual victories throughout the weekend to finish second behind Virginia Tech.

 

"We started the meet out strong Friday, and continued with that same momentum throughout the weekend to clinch first," remarked head coach Gregg Troy. "We had some good swims for the women throughout the weekend, and for this point in the season, I'm pleased with where we're at right now. Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) and Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) came through with some strong performances for the men as well."

 

The Gator women closed out the invitational with five, top-three finishes alongside one individual and one relay victory, while the men posted two individual victories and top-three finishes Sunday evening at the Georgia Tech Natatorium.

 

U.S. National Team Members Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) established a pattern as they finished closely behind one another with NCAA “B” marks in two separate races Sunday afternoon. In the 200 back Beisel nabbed her second solo win of the meet while Crippen closed out the number three spot as they stopped the clock in 1:55.57 and 1:57.10, respectively. The pair connected once again in the 200 fly as Beisel finished second (1:58.38) and Crippen, fourth (2:00.65).

 

Two other Gator women in Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) and Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.), raced close to one another in the 200 breast as the two finished two-three in the race. Luthersdottir and Rainer clocked in at 2:15.02 and 2:15.08, respectively to hit NCAA “B” provisional marks.

 

Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) led the way for Florida in the 1,650 free taking third in a NCAA “B” 16:28.53, while hometown swimmer, Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.), took sixth in the 100 free to lead all Gator swimmers in the event with a 50.63 mark.

 

Elliot and Cieslak each nabbed individual victories and NCAA “B” times Sunday afternoon for Florida at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Elliott’s win in the 200 breast (1:59.85) and Cieslak’s top finish in the 200 fly (1:46.85) marked the second win of the weekend for both swimmers. The pair led the Gators on the weekend with a team-high two individual victories apiece.

 

In the men’s 1,650 free, Florida posted a two-three finish as Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) and Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) clocked in at 15:26.41 and 15:29.85, respectively, as both swimmers posted NCAA “B” provisional times in the event.

 

Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) and Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) were the highest finishes for Florida in two separate events, as deBorde finished the 100 free in 44.96 for fourth, and Signorin claimed 10th in the 200 back (1:50.84)

The quartet of Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.), Beisel, Bohunicky and Natasha Fung (Edmonton, Canada) teamed-up for the final race of the three-day invitational – the 400 freestyle relay – in a timely fashion to stop the clock at 3:21.65, claim the top-spot and give Florida its first ever team win at the Georgia Tech Invitational. The meet saw the Gator women capture four of the five relay titles on the weekend. For the men’s 400 freestyle relay, the group of deBorde, James Turner (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), Cieslak and Scott Heil(Skillman, N.J.) finished in 3:01.61 for fifth.

 

On the platform, Danielle Risley (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Kaylee Doback (Brandon, Fla.) totaled scores of 240.65 and 213.20, respectively. Risley found her way in the top-ten, as her score put her in ninth out of 37 divers, while Doback finished 14th to total points for the Gators. For the men, Mike Lewark (Davie, Fla.) finished with 276.50 points for ninth and Chris Jones (Palm City, Fla.) finished closely behind for twelfth with a score of 275.30.

 

Full results from the Georgia Tech Invitational can be found here.

 

The Gators will rest from dual competition until the start of the New Year. Select Florida swimmers will be on hand at the USA Swimming National meet December 1-3 in Atlanta, Ga., hosted at Georgia Tech, while both diving squads will head to Athens, Ga., Dec 2-4 for the Georgia Diving Invitational. Fans are also encouraged to follow the swimming and diving program on Twitteror Facebook for live updates, photos and video from the event.

 

FINAL TEAM RESULTS

WOMEN

Place

Team

Points

1

Florida

1,196.5

2

Florida State

1,031

3

Virginia Tech

874.5

4

Georgia Tech

606

5

Miami

564.5

6

Florida Gulf Coast

508

7

Clemson

338.5

8

Florida Atlantic

331

9

Auburn

194

10

Alabama

46

MEN

Place

Team

Points

1

Virginia Tech

1,319

2

Florida

1,198.5

3

Florida State

1,022.5

4

Georgia Tech

630.5

5

Clemson

603.5

6

Florida Atlantic

376

7

Alabama

86

8

Auburn

63

9

Miami

30

 

 

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