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Saturday January 19, 2013Florida Men Finish Third at SMU Classic

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team completed the SMU Classic Saturday, taking third with 318 points. They finished behind Southern California who was first with 330 points and Michigan was second with 327 points.


Florida started off the second night with a third place finish in the 200 medley relay, where 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 time of 1:29.14.


Redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) collected two victories on night two. Rousseau swam a personal-best 4:17.53 to win the 500 free and later won the 200 fly with a time of 1:43.45. He totaled three individual event wins during the meet to lead the Gators.


Also earning a victory was Elliott who took first in the 200 breast after touching the wall in his season-best time of 1:55.97. Sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) earned the top finish in the “B” final of the 200 breast with a time of 1:57.78 to finish eighth overall.


In the 200 back, junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) was third clocking in a 1:46.45 and Cieslak won the “B” final in 1:45.84. deBorde added a third place finish in the100 free with a  time of 43.89 and freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) was the top finisher in the “B” final after finishing in 43.92.


The final individual event was the 200 IM where Solaeche-Gomez took third in a time of 1:47.24 and Signorin finished ninth. Senior Sean Saley competed on the three-meter diving board and finished fifth with a score of 276.25.


To close out the meet, the group of Werner, deBorde, Rousseau and Homer combined for a fourth place finish in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:20.73.


The complete results can be found here. The Gators will be back in action next Friday, January 26 when they travel to Auburn, Ala. to face Auburn in a conference dual meet.


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Final Scores

1. Southern California - 330

2. University of Michigan - 327

3. University of Florida - 318

4. University of Louisville - 249

5. Purdue University - 226

6. Southern Methodist University - 223


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