Wednesday December 19, 2012Florida No. 4 in CollegeSwimming.com Top 100 Performances
With the fall swimming and diving season coming to a close, CollegeSwimming.com ranked the top 100 team performances for the Fall Semester. The Gators came in at No. 4 on the list after their standout performance at the Ohio State Invitational.
Over the three day meet the Gator women collected 837 points, winning six events to edge out Stanford for the first place finish. Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) swam her best times of the fall season, including five NCAA “A” cut times (three individual, two relay) and was named SEC Female Swimmer of the Week.
Beisel swam the nation’s fastest time in the 400 IM (4:00.61) and ranks second and third in the nation, respectively, in the 200 back (1:52.00) and 500 free (4:34.54). Beisel owns the SEC top times in the 200 back and 400 IM and set two meet records in those events. She scored 163 of Florida’s 837 points in its first place finish.
Freshman Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England) and junior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) finished second and third in the mile, both swam under 16 minutes to earn NCAA “A” cut times. Thielmann was second with a career-best of 15:52.34 and Mathieu took third, also earning a personal-best 15:59.32.
Florida’s relays were strong across the board, earning NCAA “A” cuts in four of the five. Junior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) was a member of all four of the groups, while also taking a win in the 100 fly. Freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) swam on three of the four and junior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) was part of two.
It was a solid meet for many of the Florida women as they posted numerous meet records, NCAA “B” times and personal-bests in route to the win.