Thursday March 28, 2013Florida Advances to Finals in All Five Events on Day One
The University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team will have at least one swimmer in the championship final of all five events on the first day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in the IU Natatorium. Five Gators total will appear in tonight, including three individuals and two relays moving on to the A-Final.
Kicking off this weekend’s meet was the 200 free relay. Florida’s group of junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), freshman Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand), freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) and sophomore Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) swam their way into the championship final tonight. Their time of 1:17.83 qualified them as the eighth seed for the final. deBorde put down the second fastest leadoff split (19.27) among the top eight qualifiers.
The Gators had several swimmers in the 500 free prelims. Redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) put down a solid time of 4:15.31 to advance to tonight’s championship final. The time was a personal-best for Rousseau and moves him into fourth all-time in school history. He was the lone Gator to advance to the finals later tonight.
Also in the 500 free, senior Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) touched the wall in a time of 4:20.08 to finish 28th overall. Swimming his personal-best time was freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) who finished 32nd with his time of 4:20.64. Sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) was 51st in 4:26.51 and junior Connor Signorin (East Winsor, N.J.) finished 52nd in 4:26.56.
Florida showed their strength in the IM events as they had three men advance to the finals of the 200 IM. Junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) laid down the best time of the morning as he stopped the clock at 1:42.52 to move on to the championship final. He Cieslak finished second in this event at last year’s NCAA meet.
Making their way into the consolation final was sophomores Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) and Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain). Wallace just missed the A-Final as he posted the ninth-best time from the morning session with a personal-best 1:43.69 and Solaeche-Gomez swam a 1:44.06 to place 14th.
Curby took to the water in the 200 IM for his second event of the day. He clocked a 1:45.37 to finish 29th overall, but does not advance to the final. With another personal-best from the morning, sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) swam a time of 1:45.81 to finish 34th in the 200 IM.
The fastest swimmers in the country then took to the water in the 50 free. deBorde, who led off the 200 free relay, solidified his spot in the championship final as he touched the wall in a time of 19.17. It was the fourth fastest time of the morning and just off of his personal-best 19.12. Werner was also in the event for the Gators as he finished 42nd in a time of 20.30.
Rounding out the morning session was the 400 medley relay. Florida capped off their morning with another A-Final qualifying swim. The relay group of Main, Elliott, Cieslak and deBorde combined for a time of 3:08.16 to move on as the seven seed in tonight’s championship final.
The first night of finals for the 2013 NCAA Championship will begin at 7 p.m. ET. Florida will appear in all five of the events with the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 400 medley relay. For live stats please follow this link.
200 Free Relay, 8th, 1:17.83
Sebastien Rousseau, 5th, 4:15.31
Jason Taylor, 28th, 4:20.08
Arthur Frayler, 32nd, 4:20.64
Carlos Omana, 51st, 4:26.51
Connor Signorin, 52nd, 4:26.56
Marcin Cieslak, 1st, 1:42.52
Dan Wallace, 9th, 1:43.69
Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, 14th, 1:44.06
Matthew Curby, 29th, 1:45.37
Matt Elliott, 34th, 1:45.81
Brad deBorde, 4th, 19.17
Pawel Werner, 42nd, 20.30
400 Medley Relay, 7th, 3:08.16