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Thursday February 28, 2013Beisel Named SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year as Gators Collect All-SEC Honors

Gainesville, Fla.

Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) was named SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year announced by the conference on Thursday. This is her first conference scholar athlete award of her career. Also announced were the yearly awards and All-SEC teams as Floridaís swimming and diving teams collected 25 All-SEC honors for their performances at the 2013 SEC Championships.

 

Beisel garnered Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, becoming only the second female swimmer from Florida to win the award as Vipa Bernhardt earned it in 2005 and 2006. She is a two-time CSCAA Division I Scholar All-American and a two-time SEC Honor Roll recipient. Beisel was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Womenís At-Large First-Team and is the 2012 NCAA Champion in the 200 backstroke.

 

In addition to being named Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she was the high point award winner for the SEC Womenís Championship. She earned 92 points during the five-day SEC meet to claim the Commissionerís Trophy. She is the second female swimmer in UF history to earn the Commissionerís Trophy twice, with Gemma Spofforth earning it in 2009 and 2010. Beisel won the 200 back (1:50.40) and 400 IM (3:59.53) for the third consecutive year and finished second in the 200 IM (1:54.59).

 

The Gators garnered two more league honors as Head Coach Gregg Troy was voted Menís Swimming Coach of the Year while freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) was named SEC Female Freshman of the Year.

 

This marks the fifth Menís Coach of the Year honor for Troy as Florida won its 34th Menís SEC Swimming and Diving Championship. The Gators broke Auburnís streak of 16-straight SEC Championships, the third longest streak for a single program in SEC sports history. They saw two school records broken and won four individual and one relay title during the meet.

 

Hinds is just the third swimmer in Florida history to take home the award, joining Beisel and Caroline Burckle. During the meet she won her first SEC title after finishing in the nationís top time in the 100 fly (51.70). Hinds added a third place finish in the 100 free (48.03) and took seventh in the 50 free (22.26).

 

The All-SEC teams and All-Freshman teams were also announced. The All-SEC first team consists of the winner of each event while the second team is comprised of second place finishers of each event. The All-Freshman teams consist of any redshirt or true freshman who finishes either in the top eight or is the highest scoring freshman of each event, excluding relay events.

 

Two members of the womenís squad were selected to the First Team All-SEC as both Beisel and Hinds received the honors for their conference wins. The menís team had five First Team All-SEC selections as junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) won the 100 and 200 fly, sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) won the 200 breast and freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) took first in the 200 free. Werner and Cieslak joined junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) on the podium for their 800 free relay win.

 

Florida had five Second Team All-SEC womenís selections in senior Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.), junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland), freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario), freshman Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England) and junior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia). On the menís side, junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), sophomore Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.), freshman Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) and sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) all earned Second Team All-SEC honors.

 

The freshman had a strong showing as nine newcomers were also recognized for their performances. Hinds, Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.), Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.), Russell, Thielmann and Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) made the All-Freshman womenís team and Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.), Main and Werner were on the menís squad.

 

Broadcasts of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships will air on ESPNU. The womenís event is slated for Monday, March 4 at 4 p.m. ET while the menís meet will air at 5:30 p.m. ET following the womenís championships.

 

SEC YEARLY AWARDS WON BY GATORS

Award

Name

SEC Female Freshman of the Year

Natalie Hinds

SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Elizabeth Beisel

SEC Male Swimming Coach of the Year

Gregg Troy

Commissionerís Trophy Ė Female (92 pts)

Elizabeth Beisel

 

UF Women All-SEC Selections

 

First Team

Second Team

All-Freshman

Elizabeth Beisel

Jamie Bohunicky

Natalie Hinds

Natalie Hinds

Hilda Luthersdottir

Ashlee Linn

 

Sinead Russell

Lindsey McKnight

 

Jessica Thielmann

Sinead Russell

 

Ellese Zalewski

Jessica Thielmann

 

 

Kahlia Warner

 

UF Men All-SEC Selections

 

First Team

Second Team

All-Freshman

Marcin Cieslak

Brad deBorde

Arthur Frayler

Matt Elliott

Matthew Curby

Corey Main

Sebastien Rousseau

Corey Main

Pawel Werner

Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez

Dan Wallace

 

Pawel Werner

 

 

 

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