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Saturday September 28, 2013Gators Sweep Swimming Events on Day 2 of Pinch A Penny All-Florida Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida Gator men’s and women’s teams responded from a slow morning to sweep all 14 swimming events and 15 of 16 events overall on the second day of competition at the Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational.


Sophomores Corey Main (Auckland, New Zeland) and Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) each won the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle to lead their respective teams. The Gators witnessed a dramatic improvement in times from the morning to the evening sessions, which resulted in 8 NCAA provisional cuts, giving the Gators 14 NCAA B cuts through two days.


Scores: Both Gator teams are in first place. The women lead second place Florida State 730-534. The men lead second place FSU 841-658.


Sound Bites: “I was very disappointed in our team’s morning performance. It was very lackluster. Tonight, after I talked about the corrections that they needed to make, we were very enthusiastic and aggressive with our swims. Outstanding performances and lots of doubles, but the problem is that they have to understand that you have to do this in the morning because that is how the end of the year is structured. The purpose of this meet was to learn about the end of the year, so hopefully we learned a lot from today.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy


“Corey Main was a late addition to our team last year and is just now hitting stride. Sinead Russell was very good today and is a phenomenal athlete and racer. Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, Rhode Island) was good tonight. She doesn’t like not touching the wall first, but we’re swimming her in different places that aren’t her expertise because we want to see younger people swim. Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) had some great swims tonight. I’m interested to see how we can learn and improve from here.”-Head Coach Gregg Troy


Clean Sweeps: The Gator men’s 400 individual medley put together a clean sweep, taking first through fourth. Red-shirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) registered a first place performance in  3:49.29 and was trailed in order by junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain-3:49.47), junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.-3:55.73) and senior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.-3:56.95). The Gator repeated the feat in the 200 free, as Main (1:37.69) paved the way and was followed by junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland- 1:38.61), senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland-1:39.06) and freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy- 1:39.17).


First to the Wall:

·         McKnight kicked off the individual portion of the finals with a victory in 400 IM, winning in 4:21.51.

·         Hinds captured the 100 butterfly in mark of 53.91.

·         Cieslak earned victory in the 100 fly (47.36).

·         Russell won the first of her two events, the 200 free, in a time of 1:48.16. She brought home the 100 back win in 54.40.

·         Main added a win in the 100 back (47.70).

·         Senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) touched first in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.26)

·         Elliott placed first in the 100 breast (55.52).


Relay Magic: For the second consecutive day, the Gators swept all four relay events. To kick off the final session, the women’s 200 medley group of Russell, Luthersdottir, Hinds and senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) touched in 1:41.99. The men’s foursome of Main, Elliott, Rousseau and deBorde followed up with a victory in the same event in 1:28.75


To cap off a perfect day for the women, the Gators delivered a 1-2 finish in the 800 free relay. Zalewski, McKnight, Russell and Beisel posted a time of 7:19.27 and were followed in second by freshman Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.), Hinds, sophomore Ashlee Linn (Sarasota, Fla,) and sophomore Taylor Roy (Woodstock, Ga.). The men equaled the women’s 800 free finish, tallying a 1-2 finish. In the first race in the event since winning the 2013 NCAA title, the 800 free group of Wallace, junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.), Rousseau and Main came home first in 6:32.82 and were followed by Signorin, D’Arrigo, Cieslak and Solaeche-Gomez.


Postseason Focus: The following Gators earned NCAA B cuts.

·         Rousseau- 400 IM (3:49.29)

·         Solaeche-Gomez- 400 IM (3:49.47)

·         Hinds- 100 fly (53.91)

·         Cieslak- 100 fly (47.36)

·         Main- 200 free (1:37.69), 100 back (47.70)

·         Russell- 100 back (54.40)

·         Beisel- 100 back (54.54)


Springboard Action: Sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) captured her second consecutive victory. After winning the three-meter on Friday with a score of 322.45, Warner won the one-meter with a total of 300.45.


Schedule of Events:


Female Event #


Male Event #







1,650 Free


1,650 Free


200 Back


200 Back


100 Free


100 Free


200 Breast


200 Breast


200 Fly


200 Fly


400 Free Relay


400 Free Relay


Fan Information: Florida Swim Network will broadcast the final session on Sunday. Doors will open approximately two hours before the start of each session. Results are available at the conclusion of each event through the MeetMobile App.


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.




·         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)




·         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)


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