Monday July 29, 2013Twenty-One Gator Swimmers to Compete at 2013 US Open Championships
Twenty-one University of Florida swimmers will compete at the US Open Championships from July 30, to Aug. 4, in Irvine, Calif. The US Open field is comprised of American and international athletes competing for club teams, and is contended in an Olympic sized pool.
“It just shows that they are in serious training this summer and getting a great wealth of experience competing against some of the top competition,” Head Coach Gregg Troy said. “It always helps when you come back to the SEC and the NCAA with that type of experience and background.”
From the men’s team, redshirt-junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), sophomore Billy Silva (Gainesville, Fla.), sophomore Matt Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.), freshman Ryan Rosenbaum (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), freshman Adam Bull (Dallas, Texas), redshirt freshman Austin Manganiello (Miami, Fla.). sophomore Ricky Munch (Clifton, Va.), sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.), junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.), sophomore Matthew Thompson (Seminole, Fla.) and freshman Luke Torres (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) will all be at the meet.
On the women’s side, junior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.), freshman Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England),freshman Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.), sophomore Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.), freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas), freshman Sierra Kuhn (Verona, Wis.), freshman Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.), sophomore Lauren Neidigh (Orange Park, Fla.), freshman Taylor Roy (Woodstock, Ga.) and sophomore Summer Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) will all make the trip.
Rousseau, a 2008 and 2012 South African Olympian, enters the meet seeded second in the 200-meter fly (1:57.54), third in the 400 individual medley (4:17.83), third in the 200 freestyle (1:48.69) and fifth in the 200 IM (2:00.37).
Frayler has his eyes set on breaking 15 minutes in the 1500 free and is ranked second in the field with a mark of 15:04.69. The freshman also is looking to break the eight minute barrier in the 800 free and is seeded fourth with a time of 8:02.31, which placed him sixth at US Nationals.
Hinds, who earned seven All-American honors her rookie campaign, is one of the top sprint competitors with top-11 seeded times in the 100 free (55.50) and the 50 free (25.61). Hinds will also swim in the 100 fly (1:00.65) and 100 back based on her short course yard time of 53.88.
Mathieu, a three-time All-American, enjoyed a fantastic US Nationals meet. The junior finished fifth in the 1500 free with a new school record mark of 16:19.62 and will be seeded second.
Prelims begin every morning at 9:00 a.m. (PST) and finals begin every evening at 6:00 p.m. (PST). Full recaps will be available the morning after each event.
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