Saturday October 12, 2013University of Florida Men’s Swimming and Diving Earns First Dual Meet Win of the Season
The University of Florida men’s swimming team opened up dual meet competition with a 172-124 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. The Gators picked up 13 victories out of a possible 16 events.
Series History: The Gators moved to 4-1 all-time against the Golden Gophers with Saturday’s win.
The Streak Continues: The UF men’s team extended its unbeaten streak in dual meets to 16 straight with Saturday’s victory. The Gators last dropped a dual in a Jan. 2011 meet against Auburn.
Relay Magic: The Gators kicked off the meet with a victory in the 400 medley relay behind the foursome of sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand), junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain), senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.). The quartet touched in first with a time of 3:13.30. With the meet already in hand, the Gators exhibitioned the 400 freestyle relay. The group of redshirt-senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), deBorde, Main and Cieslak posted a mark of 2:58.06, the fastest swim in the field.
Distance Derby: Rousseau and sophomore Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) finished 1-2 in the 1000 free. Rousseau touched in a mark of 9:12.38 and Frayler followed behind in 9:14.37. Rousseau, recently adding the 1000 free to his repertoire, posted a career best.
Mid Distance: In the 500 free, freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) earned his first collegiate victory with a first place swim of 4:26.35. In an exhibition swim, Solaeche-Gomez touched in 4:31.06, the second fastest swim in the field. In the 200 free, the Gators picked up a clean sweep behind Solaeche-Gomez (1:38.23), Main (1:38.84), D’Arrigo (1:39.23) and junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.- 1:39.68).
Backs to the Wall: Cieslak scored a victory in the 100 back, coming home in a time of 48.66. Junior Christian Homer (Trinidad and Tobago) touched in second with a mark of 49.15. Omana earned a victory in the 200 back (1:46.66), and was trailed in second by teammate senior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.-1:47.70).
Spirited Sprints: Cieslak showed his sprint speed with a victory in the 100 free (44.66). deBorde followed behind in 45.50. In the splash-and-dash, deBorde placed second behind Minnesota’s Derek Toomey (20.07) with a time of 20.25. The two sprinters will have an opportunity to battle again at the NCAA Championships as both finished in the top-five at last year’s NCAA meet.
Breaststroke Breakdown: Junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) swept the breaststroke events, first winning the 100 yard event in a mark of 55.54. Elliott took the 200 breast in a time of 2:01.68. Junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) was just behind Elliott in the 200 breast, touching in 2:01.77.
Fast Flying: Rousseau paced the Gators to a first place performance in the 200 fly, finishing with a time of 1:47.24. Rousseau added a second place swim in the 100 fly (48.95)
Medley Madness: Wallace churned in a huge victory in the 400 individual medley (3:51.43), beating his nearest competitor by nearly five seconds.
Diving Results: Redshirt-sophomore Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.) turned in a career best score on the one-meter (356.85) in a first place performance. On the three-meter, Hernandez totaled 316.43 for a second place performance.
Postseason Focus: The Gators notched two NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
· Rousseau (200 fly- 1:47.24)
· Wallace (400 IM- 3:51.43)
Sound Bites: “We swam pretty well. Any time that you come out on the winning side, it is a good thing. We had some guys swim especially well. We put some people in some uncomfortable situations. I think Sebastien Rousseau was very good today. To go that fast in the first time he has ever competed in that event, is really good. And then he came out and had a really good 200 butterfly. We saw Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez do the same thing. A good 200 freestyle and then he came back in the 100 breast, and performed well. That is a newer event for him. We had some big swims down the line. We were a little bit better this meet. We also had some spots where we are still making some mistakes. We were a little bit sloppy on the wall. We will continue to get better.” –Head Coach Gregg Troy
Next up: Both the men’s and women’s teams will open SEC competition with dual meets against Missouri on Thursday in Columbia. The meet is schedule to begin at 2 p.m. (CT).