Friday March 29, 2013Seven Gators will Swim on Second Night of NCAAs
Florida put together a strong morning session as they had seven swimmers qualify for the finals, two of which will compete in the championship final at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Gators will also have both the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay swimming later today.
Florida has shown their strength in the medley events all season and today was no different. They had five Gators entered in the 400 IM to start the individual races on day two, three of which were sophomores and two juniors.
In the 400 IM, sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick Scotland) put in his career-best swim of 3:40.80 to propel him into the championship final. His time was the third-best of the morning swims and that time is fifth in school history. Wallace is coming off of a second place finish in this event at the SEC Championships. Also moving on to compete tonight was junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.). Signorin finished 13th overall with a time of 3:45.03 and will appear in the consolation final.
Sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) just missed advancing to the finals, but could still have a chance as he is the first alternate for the 400 IM later tonight. Omana was 17th in the morning session with a time of 3:45.87. Coming in 26th was sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) who finished in a time of 3:49.19. The Gators had a tough blow as redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) was disqualified from the 400 IM for the back to breast turn.
Three more Gators grabbed spots in the finals as junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland), senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) and junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) advanced in the 100 fly. Cieslak made his second championship final in as many events as he swam the sixth fastest time of the morning clocking in at 46.04. He is the two-time SEC Champion in the event and finished Martin and deBorde both advanced to the consolation final in the 100 fly. Martin touched the wall in a personal-best time of 46.59 to qualify 15th and deBorde was 16th in a time of 46.70.
With a ninth place finish in the 200 free, freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) will advance to the consolation final tonight. Werner just missed the championship final with his time of 1:33.90 but will come in as the top time for the B-Final. Sophomore Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) finished 40th in the 200 free with a time of 1:36.80 and senior Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) was 41st after touching the wall in a time of 1:36.99.
Entering his first individual final of the meet is sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) who qualified 14th in the 100 breast. His time of 53.20 was just off the school record he set earlier this season at the SEC Championships where he finished sixth.
Sneaking into the consolation final was the 200 medley relay. The Gators combined for the 16th fastest time on the morning with a 1:26.61. The relay group included Martin, Elliott, Cieslak and deBorde. The top three heats of the 800 free relay are slated to swim tonight during the finals session. Florida’s best time of 6:14.76 is the second best in the country and they will appear in the final heat.
In the final individual event of the morning, the Gators had two swimmers competing in the 100 back. Freshman Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) took to the water in his first individual championship appearance. He clocked a 47.48 to finish 32nd. Martin made his second individual swim and third overall of the morning. He touched the wall in a time of 48.11 to finish 39th in the 100 back.
The 2013 NCAA Championships will continue tonight from the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. For live stats, please follow this link. It will also be streamed live on ESPN3, viewers can watch here. The Gators will be swimming in all but one event with the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 800 free relay on tap tonight.
200 Medley Relay, 16th, 1:26.61
Dan Wallace, 3rd, 3:40.80
Connor Signorin, 13th, 3:45.03
Carlos Omana, 17th, 3:45.87
Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, 26th, 3:49.19
Sebastien Rousseau, DQ
Marcin Cieslak, 6th, 46.04
Cameron Martin, 15th, 46.59
Brad deBorde, 16th, 46.70
Pawel Werner, 9th, 1:33.90
Matthew Curby, 40th, 1:36.80
Jason Taylor, 41st, 1:36.99
Matt Elliott, 14th, 53.20
Corey Main, 32nd, 47.48
Cameron Martin, 39th, 48.11