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Thursday September 26, 2013Gators to Host Fourth Annual Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida Swimming and Diving teams will open the 2013-14 season with the fourth annual three-day Pinch A Penny All-Florida Invitational beginning Friday at the OíConnell Center.

 

The meet will feature six programs from the state of Florida: Florida State, Miami, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Southern, North Florida and Nova Southeastern.

 

The event will consist of morning preliminary sessions each day and finals sessions each evening. Diving will take place approximately one hour after the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday. Fridayís sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Both Saturday and Sunday sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Sound Bites: ďThis meet is unique because you have a lot of the Florida swimmers and divers together. There are a lot of athletes that were recruited by all of the schools, so they all know one another. Itís also unique because itís a different format. No matter how well we swim, only three people can swim in the finals at night. We may be in a situation where we have six or seven people that could have scored, but only the first three can swim at night. Itís designed that way so early in the season the athletes have to perform well in prelims.Ē- Head Coach Gregg Troy

Tallying up Honors: Both the menís and womenís teams placed sixth at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) captured the 400 individual medley (4:00.49) NCAA Championship, the second national title of her career. The menís 800 freestyle relay group of redshirt-senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), sophomore Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland), senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) brought home the NCAA title in a new school record time of 6:13.27. The Gator men return 11 of 13 All-Americans while the women bring back 9 of 11 All-Americans.

 

The Streak is Over: The 2013 menís team captured the programís 34th SEC Championship and first team title in 20 seasons, ending Auburnís run of 16 consecutive SEC Championships. The Gators tallied 1408 points compared to second place Auburnís 1196. †

 

Taking Care of Business: Twenty-seven Gators were named to the 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll. Beisel was selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic At-Large First Team, joining Tracy Caulkins as the only two female Gators to be named to the first team twice. Senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) was named a 2013 CSCAA Division I Scholar All-American. Departing senior Cameron Martin was a 2013 winner of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and an Academic All-American.

 

Gators Leave Their Mark at Worlds: Four Gator swimmers competed at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Beisel finished third in the 400 IM with a blistering time of 4:31.69, which was .52 off of her career best time from the 2012 Olympic Games. Wallace set the Scottish record in the 400 IM with a seventh-place swim of 4:13.72.

 

Sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) and senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) earned their highest career international finishes in the 200 backstroke and 50 breaststroke, respectively. Russell finished seventh in the 200 back and ninth in the 100 back. Luthersdottir competed in a pair of semifinal swims for the first time in her career and lowered her national records in the breast events.

 

Representing the Stars and Stripes: Ten Florida swimmers competed at the 2013 Phillips 66 US National Championships over the summer. Beisel along with sophomore Natalie Hinds(Midland, Texas), sophomore Ashlee Linn (Sarasota, Fla.) and senior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) represented the Gator women at the meet. On the menís side, deBorde, junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), sophomore Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.), junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) and senior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) competed at the meet.

 

Long Course Type of Summer: Twenty-one University of Florida swimmers competed at the US Open Championships in Irvine, Calif. The Gators enjoyed multiple top-16 finishes in a field comprised of American and international athletes competing for club teams. Rousseau swept all four events that he competed in, winning the Male High Point of the meet for his cumulative performance.

 

All Florida Invite All-Time: Both the Gators menís and womenís teams have won the first three installments of the event. Last season, the men totaled 1273 points to second place FSUís 919, and the women totaled 1141.5 points to second place FSUís 763.5.

 

Schedule of Events:

 

Female Event #

Distance

Male Event #

Distance

Friday

 

 

 

1**

200 Free Relay

2**

200 Free Relay

3

500 Free

4

500 Free

5

200 IM

6

200 IM

7

50 Free

8

50 Free

9*

1 Meter Diving

10*

3 Meter Diving

11**

400 Medley Relay

12**

400 Medley Relay

Saturday

 

 

 

13**

200 Medley Relay

14**

200 Medley Relay

15

400 IM

16

400 IM

17

100 Fly

18

100 Fly

19

200 Free

20

200 Free

21

100 Breast

22

100 Breast

23

100 Back

24

100 Back

25*

3 Meter Diving

26*

1 Meter Diving

27**

800 Free Relay

28**

800 Free Relay

Sunday

 

 

 

29***

1,650 Free

30***

1,650 Free

31

200 Back

32

200 Back

33

100 Free

34

100 Free

35

200 Breast

36

200 Breast

37

200 Fly

38

200 Fly

39**

400 Free Relay

40**

400 Free Relay

 

Fan Information: Parking is lifted on Friday in the North Lot of the OíConnell Center. Florida Swim Network will broadcast the final sessions on all three days. Recaps and results will be available at the conclusion of each evening session.

 

Support Our Troops: The Gators will be collecting new and unused items to be sent to deployed US Troops in all branches of the service. The first 250 fans that donate will receive a Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational military appreciation shirt. The list of new and unused items (unless noted) is listed below.

Food/Beverage:

 

∑†††††††† Protein powder & Protein bars

 

∑†††††††† Coffee (ground or whole, instant or drip)

 

∑†††††††† Coffee filters (standard size)

 

∑†††††††† Coffee creamer (flavored is great, too)

 

∑†††††††† Beef Jerky & Slim Jims

 

∑†††††††† Nuts, Sunflower Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds (salted)

 

∑†††††††† Gum or Hard Candy (Individually wrapped)

 

∑†††††††† Tissues (pocket-size)

 

Entertainment:

 

∑†††††††† iTunesģ Gift Cards (small denominations, to purchase music, books, videos, etc.)

 

∑†††††††† Used DVD Movies: Recent romantic and comedy releases preferred. No war/violent themes, please!

 

∑†††††††† Xbox Games, PSP, PS2 & PS3 Games (used are okay as long as recent and in good condition)

 

∑†††††††† Board Games (regular and travel size)

 

For more information on Give 2 The Troops, please visit Give2theTroops.org.

 

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