Wednesday February 15, 2012Swift Morning Time Trials for Gators as Men's 200 FR Records Third Fastest Time in Nation
It was an extremely speedy morning session here in Knoxville, Tenn., as only the menís and womenís 200 freestyle relay teams took to the pool at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, but it wasnít just the short amount of time at the pool that was quick, so were the Gators.
The menís 200 freestyle relay composed of senior Matt Norton (Port Orange, Fla.), sophomore Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), senior James Turner (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) and freshman Matt Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) clocked in at 1:17.73, an NCAA B cut time that was just shy of the automatic qualifying time of 1:17.69. Although the quartet was shy of the automatic mark in the morningís time trials, the time is currently the third fastest in both the country and UF record books.
Nortonís lead-off split of 19.67 is the fastest of his career at Florida, and marks the third-fastest 50-yard freestyle time in school history, tied alongside 2011 Gator graduate, Brett Fraser. Additionally, the All-Americanís time of 19.67 is tied for sixth nationally alongside fellow SEC competitor Drew Modrov of Auburn.
The mark puts two Florida swimmers in the nationís 50-yard freestyle top-10 list, as sophomore deBorde is ranked fifth with his personal-best 19.57 recorded in Knoxville just two-and-a-half weeks ago.
Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia), Sarah Bateman (Orlando, Fla.), Kaitling Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and freshman Natasha Fung (Edmonton, Canada) combined to finish the womenís 200 freestyle relay in a NCAA B 1:29.75 for a season-high performance from the Gators. Additionally, the 1:29.75 time is he seventh fastest in Gator womenís history. With the feat, Bateman is now a part of seven 200-yard freestyle relay teams that find themselves in the Orange and Blue record book.
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Menís 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Splits
Matt Norton (19.67)
Brad deBorde (18.91)
James Turner (19.58)
Matt Curby (19.57)
Womenís 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Splits
Ellese Zalewski (22.87)
Sarah Bateman (21.46)
Kaitlin Frehling (22.51)
Natasha Fung (22.91)