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Friday September 27, 2013Gators Impress on Day One of the Pinch A Penny All-Florida Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida Swimming and Diving teams jumped out to early leads during the first day of competition at the three-day Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational at the O’Connell Center. The Gators notched six NCAA provisional marks on the first day of competition.

 

The Orange and Blue captured all four relay events and 10 of 12 events overall. Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) led the women with a pair of victories in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. On the men’s side, a Gator touched in first in all three individual swimming events.

 

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

 

The event consists of morning preliminary sessions each day and finals sessions each evening. Saturday and Sunday sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Diving is taking place approximately one hour after the morning session on Saturday.

 

Scores: After the first day of competition the men lead second place Florida State 374-272. The women lead second place FSU 342-251.

 

Sound Bites: “It was a good way to start the season. It highlighted some of the things that we’ve worked on. I am really happy how everyone raced across the board. It wasn’t necessarily that they were fast, but it is how they raced across the board. I think at this time of year that is what you want to see.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy

 

“We saw some freshman do some things that we liked to see in their first competition. We saw some great swims from some people that are outstanding swimmers.” Head Coach Gregg Troy

 

Postseason Focus: Five Gators combined to notch six NCAA provisional marks on the first day of competition. Beisel delivered a 200 IM mark of 2:00.53 and a 500 free mark of 4:45.04, which earned her a pair of day one victories. Senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) finished 1-2 in the 200 IM with times of 1:46.00 and 1:46.76, respectively. Junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) finished fourth in the race after securing an NCAA B cut time of 1:49.09 in prelims. In the 500 free, junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) won the event with a swim of 4:23.09, good for his first national championship cut of the year.

 

Relay Magic: The men’s team ended the meet with an emphatic 1-2 finish in the 400 medley relay. The ‘A’ relay group of sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand), junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), Cieslak and senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) took first in 3:15.69 and were followed close behind by the ‘B’ relay group of sophomore Christian Homer (Trinidad and Tobago), Solaeche-Gomez, red-shirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and junior Matt Curby (Oviedo, Fla.). In the 200 free relay, Homer, deBorde, Main and junior Ricky Munch (Clifton, Va.) won the event in 1:20.23

 

On the women’s side, the 200 free team of senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia), sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas), sophomore Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) and sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) turned in a first place performance with a mark of 1:31.76. The 400 medley quartet of Russell, senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland), Zalewski and Hinds came home with a swim of 3:42.58.

 

Major Debut: A pair of freshman dazzled in their debuts, each earning a spot in the evening finals. Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) ended his 500 free run in third place with a mark fo 4:26.05 after qualifying second in prelims. D’Arrigo was beat by upperclassmen Wallace and Rousseau (4:25.28). Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.) also finished third in the 500 free (4:51.39) after posting the second fastest 500 free of prelims (4:50.79)

 

Splash and Dash: deBorde earned his first victory of the year with a time of 20.33 in the 50 free after entering the heat second behind Florida State’s Paul Murray. Main followed behind deBorde to give the Gators the 1-2 finish. On the women’s side Hinds (23.07) and Zalewski (23.23) finished second and third behind FSU’s Kaitlyn Dressel.

 

Springboard Action: Sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia), a late addition to last year’s squad, earned her first victory on the one-meter springboard with a score of 322.45.

 

Schedule of Events:

 

Female Event #

Distance

Male Event #

Distance

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: 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. Doors will open approximately two hours before the start of each session.

 

Support Our Troops: The Gators are 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:

 

·         iTunes® 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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Results: Full results can be found on the GatorZone schedule page at the conclusion of every meet.

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