Friday March 22, 2013Beisel Wins NCAA Title on Day Two of NCAA Championships
Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) won her second NCAA title and first in the 400 IM in tonight’s finals. The Gators currently sit eighth in the standings with 189 points so far at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. Florida had three top-three individual finishes on the second night of competition.
“I am really proud of how the team came back after yesterday,” said Head Coach Gregg Troy. “I thought we swam really well this morning. We are still not quite firing on all cylinders. We raced tough the whole time, everybody was in the races. Elizabeth did great in the 400 IM, Sinead had some good swims and the two butterfliers were fantastic.”
Beisel, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 400 IM, swam a solid race from start to finish as she held off a tough field to become the 2013 400 IM NCAA Champion. She finished in a time of 4:00.49 solidifying her second career individual title after winning the 200 back last year.
The Gators did not waste anytime scoring big points in the final as the 200 medley relay group of freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario), junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland), junior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) and freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) finished third with a time of 1:36.06. Zalewski put down the best fly split time once again and Hinds put down a solid anchor leg of 21.25, the 2nd fastest of the night.
“The relays are a lot different than when you swim them the first time at the conference meet so I am very pleased with their performance,” remarked Troy.
Florida continued to score big points with both Hinds and Zalewski competing in the finals of the 100 fly. Zalewski, who has had strong swims all day long, grabbed a third place finish in a time of 51.69. She set the new school record of 51.50 in the prelims. Hinds put down her personal-best time of 51.89 to tie for first in the consolation final. Hinds won the consolation final of both of her events thus far at the meet (50 free and 100 fly).
Russell added another top-three finish for the Orange and Blue by placing second in the 100 back in just her first NCAA Championship meet. She was another Gator who continued to knock off time as the day went on. Russell improved on her personal-best that she set earlier in the day by finishing in a time of 51.46.
To close out the night the 800 free relay group of Russell, Beisel, Zalewski and senior Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) finished seventh in a time of 7:02.54.
Heading into the final night of competition here are your top-10 teams: Georgia (300), California (285), Tennessee (263.5), Arizona (246), Texas A&M (216), Southern California (194), Stanford (189.5), Florida (189), Texas (115) and Minnesota (99).
Tomorrow will be the final day of the 2013 NCAA Championships. The prelims will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the finals at 7 p.m. The events will include the 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and 400 free relay. The finals will air live on ESPN3.
200 Medley Relay, 4th, 1:36.06
Elizabeth Beisel, 1st, 4:00.49
Ellese Zalewski, 3rd, 51.69
Natalie Hinds, 9th, 51.89
Sinead Russell, 2nd, 51.46