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Saturday March 30, 2013More School Records Fall on Florida's way to a Sixth Place Finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team finished the season with a sixth place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium. The Gators collected a national title, 38 All-America honors and four school records over the course of the three day meet.

 

“We had a really good morning,” said Head Coach Gregg Troy. “We got people where we wanted them to be, just ran a little short on gas. We thought maybe we could be fourth today, but great effort by our guys and I am really proud to be around them. We needed one more scoring swim but we just didn’t quite get what we needed.”

 

UF finished the meet with 285.5 points. It was the 14th-consecutive year that Florida has finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships, all coming under current head coach Gregg Troy.

 

Finishing the 2013 NCAA Championships with three second place finishes in as many events was junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland). His swim in the 200 fly set a new UF record as he touched the wall in 1:40.62. It capped off a stellar meet as he did not finish lower than second in an individual event and was part of the school record setting and NCAA Champ 800 free relay. Cieslak had the most All-America honors on the team and personal-best seven during the three day meet.

 

The 200 fly was a strong event for the Gators with two more swimmers taking to the water in the championship final. Redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) scored a fourth place finish in the event after posting a time of 1:42.20. He earned his third All-America honor of the meet and ninth of his career.

 

Grabbing a sixth place finish in the 200 fly was senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) who stopped the clock at 1:43.35 to earn the seventh All-America honor of his career. The swim closed out his excellent career as a Florida Gator.

 

In yet another school record setting swim, sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) continued to cut time as the day went on. He had set the school record earlier today in the 200 breast, but came out in the finals and did one better finishing in a time of 1:53.79. He finished sixth in the event to earn his third All-America honor this week.

 

Senior Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) closed out his career as a Gator with a personal-best performance in the 1,650 free. Taylor cut seven seconds off of his best time as he stopped the clock at 14:55.74 to finish 16th overall in the event and earn an honorable mention All-America honor, the first of his career.

 

Two other Gators dove in for the mile as freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) and sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) finished 21st and 36th respectively. Frayler touched the wall in a time of 14:57.95 and Omana stopped the clock in 15:28.68.

 

Making his first appearance in an individual final was freshman Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand). Main swam in the consolation final of the 200 back and finished in a time of 1:41.91 to place 13th overall in the event. He earned honorable mention All-America, the third for him at the NCAAs.

 

Florida closed out the meet with a sixth place finish in the 400 free relay. Junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) dove in the water to leadoff the group. He laid down his personal-best 100 free time with a 42.74 to start the race. deBorde was a key member of four of the five relays and earned the second most All-America honors on the team with six.

 

Next in the water was Rousseau, who had competed in the 200 fly earlier in the night. He was followed by Cieslak who split 42.59 to round out his outstanding performance this week and then sophomore Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) anchored the relay as they combined for a time of 2:51.74.

 

With the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the Florida men have finished their 2012-13 season with a sixth place finish. It was the 13th-consecutive top-10 finish for the Orange and Blue.

 

“It has been a tremendous season for these guys. Didn’t finish quite where we wanted to be at the end, but I have no problems with it. This is a tremendous group to be with and I am proud of the way they raced out there.”

 

Gator fans are encouraged to follow the swimming and diving program via Twitter or Facebook. For all of the latest information on Florida swimming, please log on to www.Gatorzone.com.

 

 Gators 2013 NCAA All-America Honorees

Swimmer

First Team All-America

Honorable Mention All-America

Marcin Cieslak (7)

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

200 Medley Relay

Matthew Curby (2)

200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

 

Brad deBorde (6)

50 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay

100 Fly, 200 Medley Relay

Matt Elliott (3)

200 Breast, 400 Medley Relay

100 Breast

Corey Main (4)

200 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay

200 Back

Cameron Martin (3)

200 Fly

100 Fly, 200 Medley Relay

Ricky Munch (1)

 

200 Medley Relay

Sebastien Rousseau (4)

200 Fly, 500 Free, 800 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

 

Connor Signorin (1)

 

400 IM

Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (2)

 

200 IM, 200 Breast

Jason Taylor (1)

 

1,650 Free

Dan Wallace (3)

400 IM, 800 Free Relay

200 IM

Pawel Werner (4)

800 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

200 Free

 

2013 National Champions

800 Free Relay – Pawel Werner, Sebastien Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak, Dan Wallace

 

Florida School Records Broken

Marcin Cieslak, 100 Fly, 45.35

Marcin Cieslak, 200 Fly, 1:40.62

Matt Elliott, 200 Breast, 1:53.79

Werner, Rousseau, Cieslak and Wallace, 800 Free Relay, 6:13.27

 

2013 NCAA Championship Top-10 Standings

1. Michigan – 480

2. California – 406.5

3. Arizona – 313.5

4. Southern California – 289

5. Texas – 288

6. Florida – 285.5

7. Stanford – 282

8. Auburn – 226.5

9. Indiana – 201

10. Georgia – 163

 

 

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