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Sunday August 4, 2013Sebastien Rousseau Earns Male High Point at the US Open

Gainesville, Fla.

Redshirt-junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) swept all four events that he competed in at the US Open, winning the Male High Point of the meet for his cumulative performance. The Gators enjoyed a successful final day of competition, with 12 student-athletes finishing in the top-22 of five different events.

 

Rousseau was the man to beat during the five day long-course meet, going a perfect four-for-four in the 200-meter butterfly, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 400 IM. Rousseau registered his career best and the programís second fastest 200 IM of 1:59.58 to secure his fourth and final title. With an array of strokes and distances in his program, the two-time South African Olympian expects to make serious noise during his senior collegiate season.

 

In the distance events, junior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) picked up the bronze in the 1500 free with a career low of 16:16.75. Freshman Taylor Roy (Woodstock, Ga.) and sophomore Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) qualified for their meet with their 1650-yards swims, and enjoyed success in the long-course meter version of the event. Roy placed 17th with a time of 16:52.74 and Smith finished 20th with a time of 16:56.30.

 

On the menís side, freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) narrowly missed his career low, stopping the clock at 8:03.04 in the 800 free. Freshmen Adam Bull (Dallas, Texas) and Ryan Rosenbaum (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) added career lows of 8:10.95 and 8:11.07, good for 17th and 18th, respectively.

 

In the splash-and-dash, freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) clocked in her 50 free in a time of 25.65, which placed her 11th overall. Hinds dropped .32 off of her prelims swim.

 

Joining Rousseau in the 200 IM evening session, sophomore Matt Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) and junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) earned second swims and each improved places from prelims. Curby notched his career low of 2:03.34 and finished 17th overall. Signorin dropped .15 seconds from his previous best and took 18th.

 

In the womenís 200 IM, freshmen Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.) earned ĎCí final swims. McKnight placed 19th with a career low mark of 2:17.62 and Linn placed 22nd with a mark of 2:19.03.

 

The final day of the World Championships is currently in progress. Full recap of that event will be up on GatorZone.com at the completion of the meet.

 

FINAL SWIMS:

 

Menís 200-meter individual medley:

Sebastien Rousseau, 1st, 1:59.58

Matt Curby, 17th, 2:03.34

Connor Signorin, 18th, 2:03.45

 

Womenís 200-meter individual medley:

Lindsey McKnight, 19th, 2:17.62

Ashlee Linn, 22nd, 2:19.03

 

Womenís 50-meter freestyle:

Natalie Hinds, 11th, 25.65

 

SEEDED FINAL SWIMS:

 

Womenís 1500-meter freestyle:

Alicia Mathieu, 3rd, 16:16.75

Taylor Roy, 17th, 16:52.74

Jordan Smith, 20th, 16:56.30

 

Menís 800-meter freestyle:

Arthur Frayler. 6th, 8:03.04

Adam Bull, 17th, 8:10.95

Ryan Rosenbaum, 18th, 8:11.07

 

PRELIM SWIMS:

 

Womenís 200-meter individual medley:

Ashlee Linn, 21st, 2:18.16

Lindsey McKnight, 24th, 2:18.55

Sierra Kuhn, 43rd, 2:20.47

 

Menís 200-meter individual medley:

Sebastien Rousseau, 2nd, 2:00.42

Connor Signorin, 18th, 2:04.15

Matt Curby, 19th, 2:04.63

Carlos Omana, 33rd, 2:05.93

 

Womenís 50-meter freestyle:

Natalie Hinds, 12th, 25.97

 

Menís 50-meter freestyle:

Ricky Munch, 79th, 24.07

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