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Friday September 28, 2012Gators Lead After First Day of All-Florida Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida swimming and diving teams completed day one of the All-Florida Invitational Friday with both the men and women in first place. The Gator women have are in the lead with 342.5 points over second place Florida State with 226.5 points, while the men currently have 342 points for first place with Florida State in second with 284.

 

The Gators were led by junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) on the womenÕs side. Beisel won two events, as she took first in the 500 freestyle in a NCAA ÒBÓ cut time of 4:47.07 and followed that with another win and NCAA ÒBÓ time in the 200 IM (2:00.66).

 

Beisel was also part of the first place 400 medley relay that included junior Hilda Luthersdottir, freshman Sinead Russell and senior Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.). Florida swept both the relays on the womenÕs side as the group of Hinds, Russell, Bohunicky and junior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) won the 200 free relay in a time of 1:31.72.

 

Freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) scored her first win as a Gator tying for first in the 50 free as she touched in a time of 23.19 to tie with Florida StateÕs Kaityln Dressel.

 

Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England) and Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario) each scored second place finishes in their first meet as Gators. Thielmann finished behind Beisel in the 500 free with a time of 4:52.72. Russell was runner-up in the 200 IM clocking in at 2:02.98 and fellow freshman Ashlee Linn rounded out the top three spots in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.91.

 

The Gator men swept the top four spots in the 500 free and 200 IM. Red-shirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (South Africa) won the 500 free in a time of 4:25.47 and followed that up with a third place finish in the 200 IM (1:50.37).

 

In the 200 IM, sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) took the top spot clocking in at 1:48.08. Junior Connor Signorin (East Winsor, N.J.) had two top four finishes on the night as he finished third in the 500 free (4:28.70) and fourth in the 200 IM (1:50.54).

 

To finish up the night, the menÕs group of sophomore Matt Curby (Oviedo, Fla.), sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), Rousseau and freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) took the top spot in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:17.23.

In the diving events, junior Chris Jones (Palm City, Fla.) finished second on the three-meter board and freshman Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio) was third on the womenÕs one-meter board.

 

For complete results of day one click here.

 

The All-Florida Invitational will continue with prelims at 9:00 am, followed by the finals at 4:00 pm Saturday, September 29 at the Stephen C. OÕConnell Center.

 

Gator fans are encouraged to follow the swimming and diving program via Twitter or Facebook. A complete recap of each dayÕs events will be available on www.Gatorzone.com.

 

 

 

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