Friday January 25, 2013Florida Travels to Auburn for SEC Dual Meet
The University of Florida swimming and diving teams will compete against SEC opponent Auburn, Saturday, January 26 at 12:00 p.m. in Auburn, Ala., at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. Coming into the meet the No. 5 UF men are 5-0 (4-0 SEC) and the No. 9 women are 2-3 (1-2 SEC), while Auburn’s No. 5 men are 5-0 (4-0 SEC) and the No. 4 women are 6-0 (4-0 SEC).
This will be the 40th meeting for the men and the 33rd for the women. Last time they faced each other, the Gators defeated Auburn at home in a close meet. Florida’s men topped the Tigers 153-147 and the women won 162-136. This year’s meet is shaping up to be no different.
The Gator men are currently undefeated in 13-straight dual meets. Their last loss came in the 2010-11 season to the Auburn Tigers, in Auburn. Several of Florida’s men hold top times in the SEC heading into Saturday.
Junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), who was named SEC Male Swimmer of the Week this week, has the top time in the 200 free, 200 IM and 400 IM. The second fastest SEC times in the 200 and 400 IM belong to sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland). The Gators have four of the five best times in the 400 IM.
Fellow junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) has been strong in the butterfly events, as he leads the league in both the 100 and 200 fly. Junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) and Auburn’s Marcelo Chierighini will go head-to-head in the 50 and 100 free. They have the top two times in both events in the SEC.
For the women, junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) is the leader in the 200 back and 400 IM in the SEC. Beisel’s time in the 400 IM is also the top time in the country. Freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario) is coming off of a two win meet against FAU, and was named SEC Female Freshman of the Week for her performance.
Junior Ellese Zalewski’s (Melbourne, Australia) time in the 100 fly is just behind Auburn’s Olivia Scott, as the two hold the top two spots in the SEC and are separated by hundredths of a second.