Friday March 23, 2012Cieslak and Solaeche-Gomez Will Swim For Gators On Second Night of NCAAs
Federal Way, Wash.
Federal Way, Wash.
Last night, Florida head coach Gregg Troy referenced that today would be the weakest races for those Gator swimmers taking to the pool. With that being said, three Gators as well as the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relay teams will dive into the water tonight for the second night of NCAA competition at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
The first individual event of the day was stacked full of Florida swimmers as it featured four Gators, including three freshmen in Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain), Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) and Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.), along with sophomore Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.).
With the morning performances clocked, two Gator freshmen will be swimming in tonight’s 400 IM finals. Solaeche-Gomez, the 2012 SEC 400 IM champion, recorded the fastest Gator time of the morning when he stopped the clock at 3:45.21 to earn a seven seed heading into tonight’s final. He will be followed by Wallace, who backed Solaeche-Gomez on the SEC podium just a little over a month ago, after he touched in 3:46.15 this morning for the 11th seed in the consolation finals.
Both swimmers have recorded faster times on the year as Solaeche-Gomez won the conference crown with a personal-best 3:43.57, and Wallace claimed silver with a career-low 3:45.02.
Signorin just missed the cut to swim in the consolation final with a time of 3:49.43, and will be the first 400 IM alternate heading into tonight’s swims, while Omana pulled together a 3:51.54 swim to finish 24th in the field for the Gators.
Following his second-place finish in the 200 IM last night and his teammates preliminary swims in the 400 IM – Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) will make his second-consecutive individual appearance in the championship finals after he touched in 46.21 to win his preliminary heat and earn a five seed, alongside Texas’ James Feigen. Cieslak will be both the only underclassman and SEC swimmier in the championship field, as he will join five senior and two junior swimmers in tonight’s 100 fly final.
Junior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) and sophomore Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) also swam in the 100 fly prelims clocking in at 47.12 for 24th and 47.64 for 34th, respectively.
In the final three events of the morning, a trio of freshmen took to the water for the Gators in the 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back.
Nicholas Caldwell (Sarasota, Fl.) recorded a career-low swim in his 200-free performance after he touched in 1:36.88 to finish 31st overall. The time bests his previous career-low swim set at the SEC Championships in Knoxville (1:38.86), by nearly two seconds. Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) represented Florida in the 100 breast with a 53.76 swim for 22nd, while Matt Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) was the lone Gator in the 100 back – stopping the clock at 48.67 for 31st in the field.
The 200 medley relay team of Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.), Elliott, Cieslak and deborde will vie for more Gator points when they’ll swim in the consolation final, entering the race as the 15 seed.
The 2012 NCAA Championships will continue tonight from the James E. Martin Aquatic Center in Auburn, Ala. For live stats, please follow this link. ESPN will be providing a stream of tonight’s events at www.WatchESPN.com. Gators will be swimming in the 400 IM, 100 fly and will also feature an appearance by the 800 freestyle relay team.
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200 Medley Relay, 15th, 1:27.52
Cameron Martin, 22.22
Matt Elliott, 24.88
Marcin Cieslak, 21.17
Brad deBorde, 19.25
Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, 7th, 3:45.21
Dan Wallace, 11th, 3:46.15
Connor Signorin, 17th, 3:49.43
Carlos Omana, 24th, 3:51.54
Cameron Martin, 24th, 47.12
Brad deBorde, 34th, 47.64
Nicholas Caldwell, 31st, 1:36.88
Matt Elliott, 22nd, 53.76
Matt Curby, 31st, 48.67