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Wednesday October 16, 2013Gators Open SEC Competition Against Missouri

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida Swimming and Diving program will travel to Columbia to face Missouri on Thursday at 2 p.m. (CT) in the teams’ first Southeastern Conference dual meet of the season.

 

Fresh off of a 172-124 victory at Minnesota, a team that placed 18th at the 2013 NCAA Championships, the Gator men (1-0) will face their second consecutive opponent that ended the year ranked in the top-20. The women will be competing in their first dual after securing seven NCAA ‘B’ cuts in a first place finish at the All Florida Invitational at the end of September.

 

First to the Wall: The Gator men have totaled 16 NCAA provisional cuts during the early portion of the season.

·         Senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) leads the Gators with five individual and two relay victories on the year. Cieslak has placed first in the 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle during the early portion of the season.

·         Sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) leads the Gators with 10 total victories, including individual titles in the 200 free (2x), 100 back and 200 back.

·         Junior Matt Elliot (Peoria, Ill.) has swept both breaststroke events in both opportunities so far this season.

·         Senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) has emerged victorious in both the 50 free and 100 free thus far this season, and has also contributed on five relay victories.

·         Red-shirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) picked up his first career win in the 1000 free in his first attempt in the race, and has placed first in the 200 IM and 200 fly as well as on three relays.

·         Junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) has impressed in the distance events, winning the 1650 free, 500 free and 400 IM in the first two meets of the year.

·         Red-shirt sophomore Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.) scored his career high on the one-meter in a first place performance against Minnesota.

 

Back to Action: The women’s team will look to earn their first dual victory of the season and continue to show improvements in their training.

·         Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) placed first in the 500 free and 200 back at the All Florida Invite. In addition, Beisel tacked on a trio of relay victories.

·         Sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) leads the Gators with six total victories, including individual wins in the 200 free and the 100 back.

·         Sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) scored a season opening win in the 100 fly and swam on four first place relays at the season opening meet.

·         Sophomore diver Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) swept the springboard events at the All Florida Invite.

 

First Ever Matchup: The Gators will be competing against Missouri in a dual format for the first time in program history. The Missouri men placed fifth and the women eighth at last year’s SEC Championships. At the NCAA meet, both teams finished in 14th. The men’s 14th place finish was the best in program history.

 

Tiger Stars: Missouri men are led by First-Team All-American breaststroker junior Sam Tierney and SEC Male Diver of the Year senior David Bonuchi. On the women’s side, the Tigers return the SEC Champion on the one-meter in Loren Figueroa and multiple pieces of their Honorable Mention All-American 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.

 

Sound Bites: “It will be the first time the women have traveled, so it will be a big deal for the freshmen. It is a tough place to travel to. They have a good program. Missouri has been competing real well in a lot of sports across the whole SEC. We expect to have a good meet. It is their first real home meet after hosting an invitational, so we’re not real certain of what they have. They swam real well at the conference meet last year, so we’re in for a good test.” - Head Coach Gregg Troy

 

“The men, we are going to take some of the younger guys that did not travel last week so that we can get a good feel for what everyone can do. It will give everyone on the men’s team at least one travel meet in the fall. It will give us a good feel for where the men are at. It is a lot of travel for the guys back to back, but when you swim at the conference meet and NCAA’s, there is a lot of turnaround situations. It gives us a feel for how people will respond to adverse situations.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy

 

Order of Events:

200 medley relay

1000 freestyle

200 freestyle

100 backstroke

100 breast stroke

200 butterfly

50 freestyle

One-meter diving

100 freestyle

200 backstroke

200 breast stroke

500 freestyle

100 butterfly

Three-meter diving

400 individual medley

400 free relay

 

 

SEC Recognition: Freshman swimmer Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) was named SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance against Minnesota. D’Arrigo earned his first collegiate win with a first place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:26.35). D’Arrigo, making the transition from long course meters to yards, posted his fastest time in the 500 free (4:26.04) at the All Florida Invitational.

 

Fan Information: Live scoring for the meet can be found through the following link. Live results will also be available through the Meet Mobile App.

 

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