Friday February 22, 2013Gator Men Maintain Lead Heading into Final Day at SEC Championships, Women Currently Third
Junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) won his second individual SEC title of the meet to lead the Gators on night four of the 2013 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. Florida’s men maintained their hold on first place, accumulating 1,038 points as they head into the final day of the meet. The UF women sit in third place with 852.5 points, trailing Georgia (1,058) and Texas A&M (985).
Florida continued to rewrite the history books as they had 16 participants in the finals tonight, and eight different Gators swam personal-best times during the fourth night. The men and women competed in the 200 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, women’s platform and 400 medley relay.
The Gators made up half of the field in the men’s 200 fly, with four qualifying during the prelims session earlier today. The group set the pace early, never relinquishing the top three spots to sweep the podium. Cieslak defended his SEC title in the event, posting a 1:42.17 for a NCAA “A” time and currently the fastest time in the country. His win gave him a sweep of the fly events.
Finishing in second was redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa). Rousseau set a new personal-best time of 1:42.18 (NCAA “A”) to surpass Ryan Lochte for third all-time in UF history. Senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) completed the top-three sweep with a personal-best time. He swam a 1:43.04 NCAA “B” time that ranks fifth in school history.
Sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) swam his personal-best time for a fifth place finish. He clocked in at 1:44.18 for a NCAA “B” cut time. Taking the win in the B-Final was freshman Luke Torres (Miami, Fla.), who also saw a personal-best time with his 1:46.09 NCAA “B” time. Fellow freshman Adam Bull (Dallas, Texas) took 14th with a NCAA “B” time of 1:47.30.
In the women’s 200 fly, senior Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) finished eighth with a NCAA “B” time of 1:58.24. Sophomore Molly Dubrasky (Estero, Fla.) tied for 11th, swimming a personal-best NCAA “B” time of 1:58.44 and fellow sophomore Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) clocked in at 2:00.71 to take 16th. Also scoring was sophomore Lauren Neidigh (Orange Park, Fla.) with her 21st place finish in 2:00.75.
Finishing fourth in the men’s 100 back was freshman Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand), who swam a personal-best 46.84 to rank eighth in UF history. He just missed the podium by .10 of a second. Sophomore Christian-Paul Homer (Trinidad and Tobago) challenged for the win in the B-Final, just .05 behind ninth place to take 10th with his personal-best time of 47.69.
Earning her first trip to the podium was freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario). Russell finished third in the women’s 100 back with a NCAA “A” time of 51.95 to rank second in school history behind Gemma Spofforth. Junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland) won the women’s 100 breast B-Final in her season-best time of 1:00.15.
Two Gators competed in the A-Final of the men’s 100 breast as sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) finished in sixth place and sophomore Richard Munch (Clifton, Va.) took eighth. Both swam NCAA “B” times, with Elliott clocking in at 53.41 and Munch 53.58. Elliott set the new school record in the morning prelim session with his time of 53.19.
Women’s diving competed on the 10-meter platform. Freshman Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) finished 12th with a score of 241.75. Also scoring for the Gators was freshman Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.) who finished 15th with a score of 235.10.
The last event of the evening was the 400 medley relay. Florida’s group of Main, Elliott, Cieslak and junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) finished second for the men with a NCAA “A” time of 3:07.80. That time ranks fifth in school history. On the women’s side, junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.), Luthersdottir, freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) and Bohunicky combined for a fifth place finish with a time of 3:32.94. Their time ranks third in school history.
Saturday will mark the final day of competition at the 2013 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships. The teams will compete in the 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, men’s platform and the 1650 free. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. ET and finals start at 7 p.m. ET. The finals will be aired on ESPN3.com.
Team Standings as of Friday Night
1. Florida – 1038
2. Auburn – 823.5
3. Georgia – 679
4. Tennessee – 570.5
5. Missouri – 531
6. LSU – 530.5
7. Texas A&M – 517.5
8. South Carolina – 444.5
9. Kentucky – 367.5
10. Alabama - 302
1. Georgia – 1058
2. Texas A&M – 985
3. Florida – 852.5
4. Tennessee – 810
5. Auburn – 657
6. LSU – 432
7. Arkansas – 406
8. Missouri – 391
9. Kentucky – 326.5
10. Alabama – 264
11. South Carolina – 192
12. Vanderbilt - 140