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Friday October 26, 2012Gators Top Gamecocks in Second Dual Meet of the Season

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida swimming and diving teams defeated South Carolina in their second dual meet in two days on Friday in Columba, S.C. Florida’s No. 1 ranked men’s team won 166-128 and the women’s team took the win 176-119. It was the Gators’ second SEC dual meet of the season as the men improved to 2-0 (2-0 SEC) and the women are 1-1 (1-1 SEC).

 

The diving events went first, with freshman Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio) finishing second on the three-meter board and third on the one-meter. Fellow freshman Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.) also scored for the women as she was third on the three-meter and fifth on the one-meter.

 

On the men’s side, junior Christopher Jones (Palm City, Fla.) finished third on the three-meter, sophomore Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.) was fourth and senior Sean Saley (Pompano Beach, Fla.) came in fifth. Saley led the way with a third place finish on the one-meter, followed by Jones and fourth and Hernandez in fifth.

 

Florida had a strong showing in the distance freestyle events. Junior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) won both the 1000 and 500 for the women. Mathieu finished the 1000 in a time of 10:00.75 and the 500 in 4:54.79. Sophomore Molly Dubrasky (Estero, Fla.) grabbed second for the Gators in the 1000 free with a time of 10:10.59. Freshman Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.) and sophomore Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) completed the sweep in the 500 free finishing second (4:56.54) and third (5:00.06) respectively.

 

The men swept the top three spots in both the 1000 and 500 free. Freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) earned his first victory as a Gator touching first in a time of 9:11.96 in the 1000 free. Sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) and junior Conor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) rounded out the top three with times of 9:13.96 and 9:19.59 respectively. In the 500 free, sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) took the win, Frayler finished second and Signorin was third.

 

In another sweep, junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) won the 200 free in a time of 1:48.07 and just behind her was freshman Jessica Theilmann (Newcastle, England) in second and junior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) in third.

 

The Gators’ tallied wins in all the backstroke events as freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) swam her way to wins in the 100 backstroke (55.86) and the 200 backstroke (2:02.16) and junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) won both with a 49.71 in the 100 back and 1:49.96 in the 200.

 

Linn also grabbed two individual victories, touching in at 2:04.30 in the 200 IM and 24.00 in the 50 freestyle. Also collecting two wins on the afternoon was senior Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) who won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:03.03 and the 100 free finishing in 51.01.

 

Junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland) and sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) took the top spots in the 100 breast, with Luthersdottir finishing in 1:03.28 to win the women’s and Elliott won in 56.02. With his third event win in two days, freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) won the 100 butterfly in a time of 49.20.

 

Coming in first for the men in the 200 free was junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), who finished in a time of 1:37.72. Junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) won his second-straight 50 free, finishing in a time of 20.58. Wallace had his second win of the day when he finished the 200 butterfly in 1:47.75 and Beisel added a second win with a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.65).

 

Full results are available here.

 

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

 

The Gators will be back in action on Friday, November 2 at 4 p.m. as they will play host to SEC opponent Texas A&M at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

 

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