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Saturday December 1, 2012Florida's Men and Women Currently Second After Seven Wins on Night Two

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida swimming and diving teams currently sit second after day two of the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The Gators collected seven victories, seven meet records, including one pool record and two NCAA “A” cut times on the night. Ohio State’s men hold the lead with 894 points while Florida has tallied 640.5 points. The Gator women have 534 points, just behind Stanford’s 559 points.


Florida’s women won their second relay of the competition, with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay. The group of freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario), junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland), junior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) and freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) combined for a meet record and a NCAA “B” cut time after finishing in 1:38.37.


The men also recorded a NCAA “B” time in the 200 medley relay. Sophomore Christian Homer (Trinidad and Tobago), sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) finished third with a time of 1:27.38.


The Gators proved their versatility with wins in the 400 IM for both the men and women. Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) earned her second NCAA “A” cut in two events with her win in the 400 IM and set a new meet record. Beisel touched the wall at 4:00.61.


Also scoring valuable points on the women’s side was junior Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) who finished fifth with a 4:14.17, freshman Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.) who finished 11th in 4:10.66 to win the B-final and sophomore Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) was 12th in a time of 4:16.19. All three of them secured NCAA “B” cut times.


The men took the top four spots in the 400 IM. Rousseau swam a personal best and earned a NCAA “A” cut with his 3:41.69 win in the 400 IM. It was also the second meet record for Rousseau. Sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) came in second with a personal record 3:44.23, junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) touched third in 3:45.60 and completing the top four sweep was sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) with a 3:48.11. All three were NCAA “B” times.


With the fourth meet record of the night for UF, Zalewski won the 100 fly for the women with a time of 52.26. She set a personal record and NCAA “B” cut time. Finishing just behind her in second was Hinds who touched the wall at 52.76 for a NCAA “B” time as well. Junior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) was 10th.


On the men’s side, senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) took fifth in a NCAA “B” time of 47.92 and Homer was eighth in 48.49 to score. Junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) swam the fastest time with a 46.99 to win the B-final.


Senior Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) took fifth for the Gators in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.38 and Russell was 11th in a time of 1:47.53.


Freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) added a meet record for himself with a win in the 200 free. Werner’s time of 1:34.81 was a new personal record as well and a NCAA “B” time. Wallace collected another “B” cut time with his time of 1:37.21 for 11th place.


In the 100 breast, Solaeche-Gomez took second for the men with a time of 54.16. Elliott finished third in 54.60 as they both swam NCAA “B” times. Sophomore Ricky Munch (Clifton, Va.) was the third Gator in the A-final, finishing eighth in a time of 55.52.


Russell wrapped up the women’s individual events with a win in the 100 back for the Gators. Her time of 52.80 added another meet record for Florida and a NCAA “B” time. Homer was the lone Gator in the men’s 100 back A-final as he took fifth in a time of 48.11.


The Gators concluded night two on a high note as the men won the 800 free relay. Rousseau, Cieslak, Wallace and Werner swam a time of 6:21.84 to set a pool record. The women’s group of Zalewski, freshman Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.), Bohunicky and Beisel finished second with a time of 7:04.58.


Sunday will conclude the Ohio State Invitational. The prelims will begin at 9 a.m. and final at 3 p.m.


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