Friday November 30, 2012Gators Women in First and Men Second After Day One at Ohio State Invitational
The University of Florida swimming and diving teams concluded a successful first day of competition on a record-setting Friday at the Ohio State Invitational. After the first night of competition, Florida’s women are in first place with 264 points and the men are second behind Ohio State with 278.5 points through six events. Florida’s men won two events and set two meet records, as the women had a solid night with two NCAA “A” cut times on the night.
The Gator women had a commanding start with a win in the 200 free relay. The group of freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas), junior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia), freshman Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) set a new meet record in a time of 1:29.49 for a NCAA “A” cut. Hinds’ 50 free leadoff split of 22.37 was a personal best and a NCAA “B” cut time.
UF also earned some valuable points as the group of freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario), freshman Sierra Kuhn (Verona, Wis.), freshman Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.) and sophomore Shelby McLean (Orlando, Fla.) took eighth in a time of 1:32.88.
In the 500 free, six different women scored for the Gators and each earned NCAA cuts. Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) finished second in a stellar time of 4:34.54. She set a new personal record in the event and secured a NCAA “A” time, which automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Championships in that event.
Also scoring for the Gators in the A-Final was freshman Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England) who took third in a time of 4:39.97, just missing the A-cut time but recording a personal best in the event. Sophomore Molly Dubrasky (Estero, Fla.) finished fifth with a 4:44.16, senior Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) finished 11th in 4:43.28, junior Alicia Mathieu was 12th with a 4:43.47 and sophomore Jordan Smith scored in 16th place with a time of 4:47.72.
Sophomore Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) swam her way into the A-final of the 200 IM where she finished seventh in a time of 2:00.84, another NCAA “B” cut for the Gators. Also recording “B” cut times in the event was McKnight who swam a personal and team best 1:58.42 to finish 11th, Linn was just behind her as she touched in 1:58.59 and senior Sarra Lajnef (Tunis, Tunisia) was 15th in 2:02.22.
Hinds followed up her relay start with a third place finish in the 50 free, clocking in at 22.52. Zalewski and Frehling joined her in the A-final as they finished fifth and eighth respectively and Bohunicky nabbed the top spot of the B-final with a 23.02 to finish 11th overall.
Florida’s relay group of Beisel, junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland), Hinds and Bohunicky combined for a third place finish in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:36.62. Beisel’s 100 back leadoff leg was a season-best and another “B” cut time for her.
In diving, freshman Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio) added points with her seventh place finish on the three-meter board with a score of 250.85.
On the men’s side, the Gators took second and third in the 200 freestyle relay. UF’s group of junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), sophomore Matt Curby (Oviedo, Fla.), sophomore Christian Homer (Trinidad-Tobago) and sophomore Ricky Munch (Clifton, Va.) took second with a time of 1:19.94. Then just behind them were junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland), junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) and junior Levar Goossen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) in third with a time of 1:21.12.
The 500 free was a strong event for the UF men as well. Junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) tied for third, coming in at 4:21.68 and freshman Ryan Rosenbaum (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was fifth in 4:22.43. Freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) also secured a NCAA “B” but with his 12th place finish in a time of 4:24.94. Freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland), freshman Justin Kaisrlik (Clermont, Fla.) and sophomore Thomas Veale (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) also scored as they finished 13th, 14th and 15th respectively.
In the 200 IM, the Gators swept the top three spots and another meet record. Rousseau finished first in a time of 1:44.02 to just miss a NCAA “A” cut and set the new meet record in the event. Sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) came in second, clocking in at 1:44.94 with another NCAA “B” cut and Solaeche-Gomez was third as he finished in 1:45.67.
Sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) was eighth with a time of 1:48.35, Cieslak was 11th in a solid time of 1:45.34 and Curby took 13th to round out the scorers for Florida.
That Gators came right back and grabbed another victory as deBorde swam a blistering 50 free in a time of 19.54 to set a meet record. His time is just .20 seconds from a NCAA “A” cut. Homer also competed in the A-final as he took ninth in a time of 20.77. Werner and Munch scored in the event as well with 11th and 15th place finishes.
Florida’s relay group of Homer, sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), Cieslak and deBorde finished up a solid night with a second place finish in the 400 medley relay. They combined for a time of 3:11.60 for a NCAA “B” cut.
The Gators will be back in action tomorrow morning for prelims beginning at 10 a.m. ET.