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Saturday March 23, 2013Hinds Sets School Record, Gators Finish Sixth at NCAA Championships

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team finished sixth with 311 points at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. The Gators amassed 35 All-America honors over the three-day meet, one NCAA title, three school records and finished in the top-10 for the 12 consecutive year.

 

“We had a good day again today,” said Head Coach Gregg Troy on the meet. “We were able to move up on a lot of people but I think we just ran out of gas there at the end. We had a great day with two new school records in the 100 free and the 400 free relay. We are real proud of the way we finished up and it was a good season for the Gators.”

 

On the final night of competition the Gators gathered six trips to the podium to jolt them up the leaderboard. Freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) highlighted the night with her school record-setting swim in the 100 free.

 

Throughout the meet Hinds has collected seven All-America honors, tied for the most on the team. She was an integral part of four of the relays that landed in the championship finals. Also bringing home seven All-America honors is fellow freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario). Russell swam in the championship final of two individual events and all five of the Florida relays this week.

 

Florida earned two top-10 finishes in the 1,650 free to start the night off. Junior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) swam the best mile of her career as she dropped seven seconds off of her personal-best to finish fifth in a time of 15:52.88. That time also moves her into third all-time in UF history. Coming in right behind Mathieu was freshman Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England) who clocked in at 15:54.27 to finish sixth in the event.

 

Both Mathieu and Thielmann earned All-America honors for their top-8 finishes. It was the third of Mathieu’s career and Thielmann collected two in her first NCAA meet.

 

The 200 back featured some tough competition. Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) swam her season-best time of 1:51.17 but fell just short of defending her 2012 title in the event as she took third. Winning the event was Elizabeth Pelton of California who set a new NCAA, American and US Open record in the event.

 

Beisel added five All-American honors, along with her title in the 400 IM to her already illustrious resume during the championships. She finished in the top-five over all three of her individual events.

 

Also in the field was Russell who has had some great swims in her first NCAA Championships. Russell finished sixth overall as she touched the wall in a time of 1:51.87, just off of her personal-best of 1:51.80. Swimming in the consolation final of the 200 back was freshman Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.). Linn finished 14th in the event with a time of 1:54.82. She earned honorable mention All-America honors, the first of her career.

 

The second school record fell for the Gators during the championships, as Hinds swam a great race to post a time of 47.73 to finish third amongst the fastest swimmers in the country. Hinds had an outstanding first trip to the NCAAs as she has racked up three individual All-America honors. Finishing just behind Hinds was junior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) who finished fourth with a personal-best time of 47.99.

 

Concluding the competition was the 400 free relay. Florida grabbed their third school record of the meet as the group of Zalewski, Russell, Beisel and Hinds combined for a time of 3:12.96 to finish sixth overall.

 

With the conclusion of the NCAA Championships, the Gator women have finished their 2012-13 season coming in sixth in the nation, tallying their 12-straight top-10 finish and 13th top-10 finish under Troy.

 

The UF women swam a great meet to conclude the season, “I am really proud of the girls,” remarked Troy. “They fought all weekend long and stayed in the meet. It was a real good team effort.”

 

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2013 NCAA Champions

Elizabeth Beisel, 400 IM

 

Florida School Records Broken

Ellese Zalewski, 100 Fly, 51.50

Natalie Hinds, 100 Free, 47.73

Zalewski, Russell, Beisel, Hinds, 400 Free Relay, 3:12.96

 

 

2013 NCAA All-America Honorees

Name

First-Team All-America

Honorable Mention All-America

Elizabeth Beisel (5)

400 IM, 200 IM, 200 Back, 400 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay

 

Jamie Bohunicky (1)

800 Free Relay

 

Natasha Fung (1)

400 Free Relay

 

Natalie Hinds (7)

100 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay

50 Free, 100 Fly

Ashlee Linn (1)

 

200 Back

Hilda Luthersdottir (2)

200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay

 

Alicia Mathieu (1)

1,650 Free

 

Lindsey McKnight (1)

200 Free Relay

 

Sinead Russell (7)

100 Back, 200 Back, 200 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

 

Jessica Thielmann (2)

1,650 Free

500 Free

Ellese Zalewski (6)

100 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

 

 

 

2013 NCAA Championships Top-10 Finishers

Place

Team

Points

1.

Georgia

477

2.

California

393

3.

Tennessee

325.5

4.

Texas A&M

323.5

5.

Arizona

311

6.

FLORIDA

305

7.

Southern California

291

8.

Stanford

246

9.

Texas

186

10.

Minnesota

141

 

 

 

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