Thursday March 21, 2013Gators in Seventh After First Night at NCAA Championships
The University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team tallied 74 points on the first night of competition at the 2013 NCAA Championships and are currently seventh in the standings. The Gators had three championship final swims and two consolation final swims on the night.
“We were alright today but we didn’t get the job done this morning,” said Head Coach Gregg Troy. “We just didn’t swim nearly as well this morning as what we needed to go into tonight. We seemed a little bit uptight and let a lot of opportunities get away from us.”
The Orange and Blue started the night off with an eighth place finish in the 200 free relay. Junior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia), freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas), freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario) and freshman Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) combined for a 1:28.93.
Swimming in her first NCAA Championships, freshman Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England) put down her personal-best time of 4:38.10 to finish 10th overall. Thielmann’s new best time improved her fourth place ranking in Florida history in that event.
Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) swam in the A-Final of the 200 IM. Beisel secured a fifth place finish hanging with some tough competition as she touched the wall in 1:54.65, just off her personal-best time of 1:54.59 set earlier this year.
Continuing to make a splash in her first season as a Gator, Hinds swam a personal-best 22.12 in the 50 free to win the consolation final. She finishes ninth overall in her first individual event.
Florida rounded out the night with another relay top-eight finish. The group of Beisel, junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland), Hinds and Russell finished eighth in the 400 medley relay championship final with a time of 3:33.61.
After the first full day of competition, the top-10 teams are as follows: Georgia (163), Tennessee (150.5), Arizona (127), California (102), Stanford (90.5), Southern California (90), Florida (74), Texas A&M (72), Texas (65) and Minnesota (41).
Heading into tomorrow the Gators will look to improve their standings. “We are going to have to regroup and come back better tomorrow,” Coach Troy explained.
The second day of the 2013 NCAA Championships will begin with the prelims at 11 a.m. ET and the finals will take place at 7 p.m. ET. The events will include the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 800 free relay and three-meter diving. For live results of all the races follow this link. Tomorrow night’s finals will be streamed live on ESPN3.
200 Free Relay, 8th, 1:28.93
Jessica Thielmann, 10th, 4:38.10
Elizabeth Beisel, 5th, 1:54.65
Natalie Hinds, 9th, 22.12
400 Medley Relay, 8th, 3:33.61