Saturday March 24, 2012Three Gators Set To Swim On Final Night Of NCAAs
Federal Way, Wash.
Federal Way, Wash.
The final night of swimming is almost here. The third day of preliminaries are complete, and three Gators and the 400 free relay will be diving into the water to see if they can record the lowest time. The Gators are in seventh heading into the last night of competition in Federal Way, Wash. with 125 points.
Sophomore Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) became the first Gator to earn his ticket to tonight’s finals after he recorded the fastest time of his preliminary heat when he pushed into the pad at 43.14. The time is just a little under a tenth off his best time set at last year’s SEC Championships.
Behind deBorde were a trio of Gators that put in times one after another – James Turner (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), Matt Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) and Matt Norton (Port Orange, Fla.). Together they each set times that placed them 31st, 32nd and 33rd, respectively in the 100 free. Turner touched in 43.75, Curby in 43.76 and Norton in 43.80 to round out the Gator competitors in the final, individual sprint competition of the meet.
Curby’s time of 43.76 is a career-low effort that bests his previous time set at the 2012 SEC Championships (44.24) by just under a second.
Sophomore Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland), who has earned a trip to the championship final in each of his previous races at the 2012 Division I Swimming and Diving Championships earned yet another trip this morning when he clocked in at 1:43.22 in the 200 fly to capture the fifth seed in tonight’s A final.
Cieslak claimed the 2012 SEC crown in the 200 fly with a career-low 1:42.13 effort just a few weeks ago, and will look to better that time tonight.
He will be joined by fellow Gator, junior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.), who will swim down in the 200 fly as the top-seed with an entry time of 1:43.90 recorded in the morning prelims. Martin earned the first All-American honor of his career last year in the 200 fly, when he touched in 1:44 flat to finish 11th in the field.
Freshman Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) also swam for the Orange and Blue in the 200 fly, touching in 1:46.28 to finish 26th in the field and close out his NCAA debut.
A pair of freshmen in Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) and Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) each took to the water for the 200 breast. Elliott was just short of making his first consolation appearance after he touched in 1:56.55. With the recorded time, the freshman will be the second alternate for tonight’s race. Solaeche-Gomez, who earned the first All-American honor of his career last night in the 400 IM, clocked in at 1:57.40 to finish 23rd overall.
The 400 free relay closed out the morning for the Gators with a time of 2:54.28 and earn a 12 seed heading into tonight’s consolation final. The team of deBorde, Cieslak, Turner and Curby combined to earn the trip to tonight as they each turned in splits of 43.43, 44.03, 43.16 and 43.66, respectively. Each of the relays in tonight’s B final touched within under nine-hundredths of a second, so it will make for a heated final tonight.
Three Florida swimmers will also be taking to the pool for the mile earlier this afternoon in sophomore Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J) and freshmen Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) and Nicholas Caldwell (Sarasota, Fla.), and diver Mike Lewark (Davie, Fla.) will be vying for a pot in the finals off the platform – his strongest diving event.
The 2012 NCAA Championships will conclude 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 atwww.WatchESPN.com. Gators will be swimming in every event on the night: 200 back, 100 free, 200breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay.
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Brad deBorde, 15th, 43.14
James Turner, 31st, 43.75
Matt Curby, 32nd, 43.76*
Matt Norton, 33rd, 43.80
Matt Elliott, 18th, 1:56.55
Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, 23rd, 1:57.40
Marcin Cieslak, 5th, 1:43.22
Cameron Martin, 9th, 1:43.90
Dan Wallace, 26th, 1:46.28
400 Free Relay, 12th, 2:54.28
Brad deBorde, 43.43
Marcin Cieslak, 44.03
James Turner, 43.16
Matt Curby, 43.66