Wednesday November 14, 2012Gators Travel to Florida State for Dual Meet Thursday
The University of Florida swimming and diving teams will travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to face in-state rival Florida State on Thursday, November 15 at 4:00 p.m. in the Morcom Aquatics Center. The Gator men (3-0, 3-0 SEC) are coming into the meet ranked No. 2/3 and will face the No. 19/16 Florida State (5-1, 1-1 ACC), while Florida’s No. 11/9 women (1-2, 1-2 SEC) will face the Seminoles’ No. 24/22 women’s team (9-0, 3-0 ACC).
It will be the 76th time that the men have met and the 41st time for the women. Last season, both Florida’s men and women defeated the Seminoles as the men won 175-121 and the women 176-119. The two teams competed earlier in the 2012-13 season during the All-Florida Invitational, where the Gators took first on both sides.
Last time out, the Gators faced a tough SEC team in Texas A&M. The men won 197-98 over the Aggies where 10 different swimmers won events. Freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) collected his second-straight SEC Male Freshman of the Week honor after winning the 100 free and took first as a part of the 400 free relay, in which he swam a personal-best leadoff leg of 44.68.
The sprint freestyle events will feature UF’s Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) and Werner who are currently ranked in the top 11 in the nation in the 50 and 100 free respectively and will have key races with FSU. Sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain), junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) currently have the top three times in the 200 IM. Rousseau is having a stellar comeback season as he is also has the second best times in the 200 fly and 400 IM in the nation.
On the women’s side, the Gators fell to No. 4 Texas A&M. Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) has continued her success at Florida as she currently holds the top times in the SEC in the 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM. Another freshman that has come on strong for the Gators is Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas), who has the third best time in the SEC in the 50 free and 100 fly. She will face FSU’s Tiffany Oliver who is only separated by .03 seconds in the 50 free.