Thursday March 28, 2013Cieslak Grabs Silver, Gators Sixth after Day One of the NCAA Championships
The University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team grabbed five top-eight finishes and 10 total swims on the first night of competition at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Gators tallied 97 points on the night and they are currently sixth in the standings. They collected 13 All-America honors to start the championship.
“It was a good first day,” said Head Coach Gregg Troy. “We had someone in the final of all the events tonight. Thought we maybe could have been a little bit better in some spots. Overall real proud of the guys and the way they raced. It was a good first day.”
With the best finish of the day for a Gator, junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:41.45. He went out strong and had the lead heading into the final turn but couldn’t hold on as Stanford’s David Nolan took the win. He finished second in the event last season.
In a blisteringly fast 200 free relay final, 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.) finished eighth with a time of 1:18.29. Their appearance in the championship final earns them each All-America honors.
Returning to the NCAA Championships after taking a year off for the Olympics last season was redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa). He swam a solid race to finish 8th overall in a time of 4:15.32, almost the exact time of his prelim swim earlier today. He earned the seventh All-America honor of his career as a Gator.
deBorde swam in his second of three championship finals with his appearance in the 50 free. He finished fifth in the event with a time of 19.40. It was the first time he has made the championship final at the NCAA Championships and he earned the ninth All-America honor of his career.
Two Gators appeared in the consolation final of the 200 IM to earn honor-mention All-American. Sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) finished 11th as he improved on his personal-best from this morning with a time of 1:43.31. He earned the second All-America honor of his career with the swim. Also in the field was fellow sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) who finished 14th in a time of 1:44.30.
The first night was concluded with the 400 medley relay as Main, sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), Cieslak and deBorde combined for a time of 3:08.40 to finish seventh overall. They trailed early but a strong anchor leg by deBorde, in his third event of the night, pushed them into seventh.
Here are the top-10 teams after the first full day of competition: Michigan (153), California (123.5), Auburn (112.5), Southern California (100), Texas (99), Florida (97), Arizona (81), Stanford (81), Indiana (68) and Georgia (34).
The second day of the 2013 NCAA Championships will begin at 11 a.m. ET with the preliminaries and then the finals will begin at 7 p.m. ET. The events will include the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, three-meter diving and 800 free relay. For live results of all races follow this link. ESPN3 will be streaming the finals session live tomorrow night here.
200 Free Relay, 8th, 1:18.29
Sebastien Rousseau, 8th, 4:15.32
Marcin Cieslak, 2nd, 1:41.45
Dan Wallace, 11th, 1:43.31
Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, 14th, 1:44.30
Brad deBorde, 5th, 19.40
400 Medley Relay, 7th, 3:08.40