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Sunday September 29, 2013Gators Win Fourth Consecutive Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida Swimming and Diving program† displayed its depth in capturing the teamsí fourth consecutive Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational. Both the Gator menís and womenís squads defeated programs from the state of Florida in a postseason style format with early morning prelims and evening finals.


Over the course of the three-day meet, the Orange and Blue registered 21 NCAA provisional cuts. On the final day of competition, the Gators emerged victorious in 10 out of 12 events. Throughout the weekend, the Gator teams brought home victories in all five relays.


Teams: Florida State, University of Miami, Nova Southeastern, North Florida, Southern Florida and Florida Gulf Coast attended the three-day meet at the OíConnell Center. The Seminoles will return to Gainesville for a dual meet on Jan. 4.



Womenís team rankings:

1. University of Florida 1146 ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2. Florida State University 798

3. Florida Gulf Coast University 695 †††††††††††††† 4. University of Miami 400

5. Florida Southern College 346††††††††††††††††††††† 6. University of North Florida 286

7. Nova Southeastern University 119


Menís team rankings:

1. University of Florida 1269 ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2. Florida State University 970

3. Florida Southern College 487 †††††††††††††††††††† 4. Nova Southeastern University 449

5. University of Miami 105


Sound Bites: ďI think what I liked was the enthusiasm from the group. Mechanically, we were pretty sound. For us in the early season, we had some pretty good swims. The menís side, I liked the depth. I especially liked how the guys raced each other. We had some spots where we had two of our guys racing one another, and that is always good because if they can take that back to training it will make them tougher by the end of the season. The womenís side, we saw some improvement and some places where we got better than before. Both sides we have some work to do. For both teams, it is all about staying on top of social issues, grades and keeping everything together. It is nice where we are at, but it is a long time until March (the NCAA Championships.Ē ĖHead Coach Gregg Troy


Relay Magic:

         The womenís 400 freestyle relay team of senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia), sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas), senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) and sophomore Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) touched first in a time of 3:21.98.

         The menís 400 free relay foursome of sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zeland), senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), red-shirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) brought home the victory in 2:57.75.


Miracle Mile:

         In the womenís 1650 free, Florida Stateís Madison Jacobi finished in front of six Gators. The deep distance group was led by freshman Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.-16:31.91), senior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.-16:35.98), sophomore transfer Megan Rankin (Irvine, Calif. -16:48.29) and sophomore Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England -16:55.88)

         In the menís mile, junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland -15:22.15) out-touched teammate sophomore Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.-15:22.35) in one of the meetís closest finishes. Junior Thomas Veale (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-15:51.25) also showed a late burst of speed to beat Florida Stateís Jack Deedrick (15:51.66).


Backs to the Wall:

         Beisel led a trio of Gators in the 200 backstroke delivering the victory in a time of 1:56.96, roughly six full seconds faster than the field. The senior leader was followed by freshman Alyssa Yambor-Maul (Tallahassee, Fla.-2:02.71) and sophomore Sierra Kuhn (Verona, Wis.-2:03.42).

         Junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.-1:45.76) spearheaded another sweep for the Gators in the 200 back. Main (1:46.26) and senior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.-1:47.52) placed second and third, respectively.


Spirited Sprints:

         Florida Stateís Kaitlyn Dressel finished first in the 100 free in front of Hinds (49.91). Hinds earned an NCAA B cut in her performance.

         deBorde (44.88) and Main (45.19) out-sprinted the field in the 100 free, showing the Gators will have multiple options in the sprint events this season. Junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) notched a time of 45.73.


Breaststroke Breakdown:

         Senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland ) pushed the Gators to a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 breast, winning in a time of 2:17.44. Beisel (2:18.58) and sophomore Becca Rainer (Richmond, Va. -2:22.03) followed behind Luthersdottir.

         Junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) helped the Gators to a clean sweep of the 200 breast, winning the event in 2:00.28. Solacehe-Gomez (2:01.30), Wallace (2:02.72) and Rousseau (2:02.73) earned the second through fourth spots, respectively.


Fast Flying:

         Freshman Taylor Katz (Sarasota, Fla.) notched her first career collegiate victory with a 200 butterfly time of 2:01.92.

         Cieslak scored a victory in the 200 fly with a mark of 1:45.03, over three and a half seconds faster than the field.



Postseason Focus:

On the third day of competition, the following Gators earned NCAA provisional marks.

         Wallace- 1650 free(15:22.15)

         Frayler- 1650 free (15:22.35)

         Beisel- 200 back (1:56.96)

         Omana- 200 back (1:45.76)

         Main- 200 back (1:46.26)

         Hinds- 100 free (49.91)

         Cieslak- 200 fly (1:45.03)


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