Thursday October 17, 2013Gator Swimming and Diving Take Down Missouri in SEC Opening Dual
The University of Florida Swimming and Diving teams scored an impressive victory over Missouri in the SEC opening dual meet for both schools Columbia on Thursday.
The Gator men topped Missouri by a score of 169-130 and won 12 of 16 events. The women won the day by a score of 181-109, including 13 of 16 events. Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) led the Gators with a pair of individual victories and a second place swim. On the men’s side, sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) had his hand in four total victories.
The men’s team (2-0, 1-0 SEC) now has consecutive victories over teams that placed in the top-18 at last year’s NCAA Championships. The women’s team (1-0, 1-0 SEC) will look to take today’s momentum into the weekend with a two-day dual against the University of California beginning on Saturday.
Early Season Speed: The Gator men rank in the top-five in the nation in 14 individual events and the top-three in the nation in all five relay events after three meets. The women’s team ranks in the top-five in the nation in eight individual events and the top-five in four relay events after two meets this year.
Series History: Both Gator teams moved to 1-0 against Missouri in the programs’ first ever matchup. The two SEC foes will next compete against one another at the SEC Championships.
The Streak Continues: The UF men’s team extended its unbeaten streak in dual meets to 17 straight with Thursday’s victory. The Gators last dropped a dual in a Jan. 2011 meet against Auburn.
· “Overall, I was pleased with how we raced top to bottom. We had some people racing for fifth or sixth, but we were real good about winning those races. That speaks volumes to the depth we are developing. That type of thing is good as we move forward in the season. A lot of the impressive swims were not actually wins. Some of the younger people and our veterans were in events that they are not used to swimming. We are in some situations where we have some focused races. That is very good because race skills translate into all events.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy
· “Sebastien Rousseau continued to be very good about getting his hand on the wall. Mitch D’Arrigo’s 1000 freestyle was a little bit of a surprise. We weren’t quite sure of his range, but for him to go out like that was pretty impressive. On the women’s side, Elizabeth Beisel’s 1000 freestyle, and then to come right back out in the backstroke, was very good to see. Sinead Russell continues to be very solid and mechanical with her races. Overall it was a pretty good day.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy
· The Gator women kicked off the day with a convincing first place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:41.36). Sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) led off and was followed by senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland), senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) and sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas).
· The men equaled the women’s start, placing first behind the likes of Main, junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain), senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.). The foursome clocked in at 1:28.20.
· The Gator women capped off the meet as the 400 relay team of sophomore Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.), Zalewski, Hinds and Russell delivered a time of 3:25.98.
· The Gator men cashed in the second fastest 400 free relay (2:57.29) in the nation this season behind the quartet of Cieslak, deBorde, red-shirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and Main.
· Beisel paved the way for the Gators in the 1000 free, throwing down the nation’s fastest time of 9:43.79. Sophomore Megan Rankin (Irvine, Calif.) touched in 10:02.69 for second.
· Freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) won his second collegiate event, coasting to first in the 1000 free in a time of 9:08.55. Sophomore Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) placed second behind his teammate in a time of 9:11.64.
Backs to the Wall:
· Beisel touched first in the 100 back with an NCAA B cut mark of 54.29.
· Main scored his second victory of the year in the 100 back, touching in a NCAA B cut time of 48.03
· Sophomore Ashlee Linn (Sarasota, Fla.) finished first in the 200 back with a mark of 2:01.17.
· Rousseau out-touched Missouri’s Carter Griffin for a win in the 200 back (1:46.87).
· Zalewski swept the sprint events, winning the 50 free in 23.30 and the 100 free in 50.32. The Gators turned in a 1-4 finish in the 100 free, as Hinds came in second in 50.54. Russell and sophomore Taylor Roy (Woodstock, Ga.) rounded it out for the Orange and Blue.
· deBorde touched in 20.49 in the splash-and-dash, the fastest time in the field.
· Main won the 100 free in 45.13, giving him five individual victories on the season in different events.
· Missouri’s Sam Tierney notched a victory in the 100 breast (55.13). Cieslak and junior Ricky Munch (Clifton, Va.) followed behind in 55.56 and 56.02, respectively. Cieslak’s time was a career low for him in the event.
· The Tigers picked up a win in the 100 breast behind freshman Katherine Ross (1:01.90). Luthersdottir placed second in 1:03.05.
· Luthersdottir led a 1-2 charge in the 200 breast, beating Beisel by .07 with a time of 2:16.65.
· Elliott is now a perfect three for three in the 200 breast, breaking the two-minute barrier for the first time this season (1:58.25) and also picking up an NCAA B cut.
· Freshman Taylor Katz (Sarasota, Fla.) earned her second career victory, winning the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:02.68. Katz was trailed by a quartet of Gators: junior Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.), junior Summer Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) and Roy.
· Solaeche-Gomez (1:47.85) notched his first 200 fly win of the year, notching an NCAA B cut along the way. Wallace placed second with a time of 1:48.98.
· Cieslak picked up his second win of the season in the 100 fly after dropping a time of 47.50 and narrowly topping his NCAA best 47.36.
· McKnight tallied her first second win of the season and first of the year in the 500 free (4:52.48). McKnight spearheaded a 1-5 finish in front of senior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.), junior Molly Dubrasky (Estero, Fla.), Katz and freshman Autumn Finke (Clearwater, Fla.).
· Wallace now boasts the two fastest times in the country in the 500 free after touching in a time of 4:24.25. Teammate junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) registered a second place swim in 4:32.43.
· Rousseau capitalized in the 200 free, winning in a time of 1:46.87.
· Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) led the Gators in the 400 IM, finishing the fastest of her five teammates with a time of 4:24.40. Smith notched a time of 4:24.51 and freshman Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.) notched a time of 4:24.97.
· Elliott scored his second win of the meet and first in the 400 IM this season with a time of 3:55.50. Senior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) came in second in a time of 3:57.24.
· Sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) scored her second one-meter victory of the year, winning with a six-line total of 275.93. Warner held off fellow classmate Missouri’s Lauren Reedy (274.35), but Reedy (295.50) returned the favor by narrowly outscoring Warner (293.25) on the three-meter.
· Red-shirt sophomore Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.) placed third (304.50) behind the 2013 SEC Champion David Bonuchi on the three-meter.
Next up: The Gator women will continue on to Berkley, Calif., to compete in a two-day dual meet with California. The Golden Bears placed second at last year’s NCAA Championships and were NCAA Champions in 2011 and 2012. The Gator men will be idle until both teams host Georgia at the O’Connell Center on Nov. 1.
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