Friday January 18, 2013Gators in Third Place after First Night at SMU Classic
The University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team finished the first day of the SMU Classic in third place Friday night. The No. 7 Gators currently have 153 points, behind No. 1 Michigan in first with 166 points and No. 5 Southern California in second with 162 points.
The first event of the evening was the 400 medley relay. The group of sophomore Christian Homer (Trinidad and Tobago), sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) combined for a third place finish in a time of 3:12.11.
Junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) grabbed a win for the Gators in the 400 IM with a time of 3:42.91, finishing four seconds ahead of second place. Also with a strong performance in the 400 IM was junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) who was first in the ‘B’ final with a time of 3:47.21, the third fastest time of the night.
Also earning and individual victory for UF was Cieslak, who touched first in the 100 fly with a time of 47.78. Freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) came in eighth after clocking in at 47.83. Werner also had a third place finish in the 200 free, finishing in 1:36.00 and sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) took eighth (1:37.65).
In the 50 free, deBorde swam a season-best 19.74 to finish second. Homer then took sixth in the 100 back with a time of 50.08 and Signorin was solid with a personal-best time of 49.53 to finish second in the ‘B’ final. Elliott added a third place finish in the 100 breast also setting a personal best as he clocked in at 54.37 and Solaeche-Gomez was ninth in a time of 55.61.
Senior Sean Saley (Pompano Beach, Fla.) competed on the one-meter board for the diving portion of the meet. Saley finished fifth with a score of 295.65. To close out the night, the Gators finished second in the 800 free relay. The group of Rousseau, Signorin, Cieslak and Werner combined for a time of 6:29.11.
The complete results can be found here. The Gators will compete in the last night of the SMU Classic tomorrow night beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. The events are listed below. Fans can follow the meet live through this link.
1 University of Michigan 166
2 Southern California 162
3 University of Florida 153
4 University of Louisville 125
5 Purdue University 116
6 Southern Methodist University 115
1. A swimmer may swim three events per day, but one of those must be a relay.
2. Each team enters one swimmer per heat, and the best swimmer must be in the championship heat.
3. The total squad can only be eight swimmers and one diver.
4. There is only one championship heat for relays.
5. The consolation heat will take place before the championship heat.
6. Lane positions will rotate after each event.
7. Scoring is as follows:
Diving events will consist of 6 optional dives on one-meter and three-meter boards.
200 Medley Relay
3 Meter Diving
200 Freestyle Relay