Saturday March 30, 2013Another School Record Goes Down, Six Gators Advance to Final Night of NCAAs
Heading into the final night of competition at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship, Florida set themselves up nicely with six individuals and the 400 free relay advancing to the finals. The Gators will have four swimmers in championship finals, including three in the 200 fly. UF is fifth in the standings with 196.5 points after two days.
Freshman Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) swam a personal-best time of 1:41.55 to advance to tonight’s consolation final in the 200 back. Main is making his first NCAA final after joining the Gators in January. He currently has the eighth fastest time in UF history in the event. Also taking to the water in the 200 back was junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.). He secured a new personal-best time as well after stopping the clock at 1:42.74 to finish 24th.
Both Gators that swam in the 200 breast preliminaries will swim again tonight in the finals. Sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) set his second school record this year after he posted a time of 1:53.88 in the 200 breast. He surpassed Clark Burckle’s time of 1:53.89 and now holds the Florida record in both the 100 and 200 breast. His time qualified him fifth on the morning and will advance to the championship final.
Also moving on is fellow sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain). He finished in a time of 1:55.13 ranking 13th overall during the prelim. That will advance him to the consolation final tonight.
Florida kept getting strong as the morning went on. They had three entries in the 200 fly, the final individual event of the day and all three advanced to the championship final tonight. Redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) swam a solid race posting a personal-best time of 1:41.52. It was the second fastest time in the morning session.
Junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) swam the fourth fastest time of the morning after touching the wall in 1:42.92. He advances to his third individual championship final in three events. So far he has two second place finishes at the NCAA Championships. Rounding out the trio is senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) who clocked in at 1:43.50 to qualify sixth heading into tonight.
Capping the morning off was the 400 free relay group for freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland), junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), Main and sophomore Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.). They combined for a time of 2:52.45 to advance as the eighth place qualifier in tonight’s championship final. This makes the fourth of five relays to swim in the championship final for Florida.
In the 100 free, deBorde just missed advancing to tonight’s final as he finished 19th after posting a time of 43.19 in the morning session. It was the last of his individual events for the national meet but will swim in the finals as part of the 400 free relay. The other Gator to dive in for the 100 free was Werner. Werner, who swam as part of the 800 free relay last night, finished 29th overall after touching the wall in 43.48. He will join deBorde in the 400 free relay.
The 1,650 free will swim all but the fastest heat prior to the finals session tonight. Swimming for Florida will be senior Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) and sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) in the first heats. Freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) will be in the fastest heat that will swim in the finals.
This will be the final night of competition for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium. The Gators will compete in all but one event of tonight’s final as they take to the water in the 1,650 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. Live stats are available through this link and the final session will be streamed live through ESPN3 here.
Corey Main, 10th, 1:41.55
Connor Signorin, 24th, 1:42.74
Brad deBorde, 19th, 43.19
Pawel Werner, 29th, 43.48
Matt Elliott, 5th, 1:53.88
Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, 13th, 1:55.13
Sebastien Rousseau, 2nd, 1:41.52
Marcin Cieslak, 4th, 1:42.92
Cameron Martin, 6th, 1:43.50
400 Free Relay, 8th, 2:25.45