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Friday October 18, 2013Gator Women to Face Tough Test From California in Two-Day Dual

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team (1-0, 1-0 SEC) will take on California (2-0, 2-0 PAC 12) in a two-day dual meet beginning Saturday at the Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkley, Calif. Saturday’s competition will begin at 1 p.m. (PT) and Sunday’s event will begin at 9 a.m. (PT).

 

The matchup will feature two of the premier collegiate programs in the nation, with both teams accounting for four of the last five team NCAA Championships.

 

Cal took home the team title in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and the Gators captured the national championship in 2010. The Bears were last year’s runner up with 393 points. Florida finished sixth at the 2013 national meet, totaling 305 points and returns nine of 11 All-Americans, including eight first-team All-Americans.

 

Olympic Experience:

·         At the London Games, Florida Head Coach Gregg Troy served as the US Men’s Coach and California Head Coach Teri McKeever oversaw the US Women’s Team.

·         The meet will feature eight Olympians, five for the Bears and three for the Gators.

·         Cal is led in the pool by freshman Missy Franklin (USA), winner of four gold medals at the 2012 Olympics.

·         Cal’s Rachel Bootsma (USA) won a gold medal as part of the 400-meter medley relay.

·         Stephanie Au (Hong Kong), Marina Garcia (Spain) and Farida Osman (Egypt) also represented their countries at the Olympic Games.

·         Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) will compete against her Team USA teammates and is a two-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist, earning silver in the 400-meter individual medley and bronze in the 200-meter backstroke.

·         Sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) finished eighth in the 200-meter back at the 2012 Olympics.

·         Senior Hilda Luthersdottir represented Iceland at the 2012 Games and competed in the breaststroke events.

 

NCAA Champions:

·         Both teams return NCAA Champions, with Cal bringing in four individual crowns to the Gators two.

·         Beisel earned her first NCAA title in the 200 back in 2012 and followed that up with an NCAA title in the 400 IM in 2013.

·         Cal returns two 2013 championships, Elizabeth Pelton in the 200 back and Bootsma in the 100 back. In addition, Cindy Tran won consecutive championships in the 100 back in 2011 and 2012.

 

All-Time History: The Gator women and Cal women have never met in a dual meet, but have continually battled for national supremacy in the postseason.

 

Sound Bites: “Having the opportunity to swim against Cal, who has been the national champion several times and the runners up last year, is a really big challenge. They are good everywhere. They are extremely deep. We get to swim all of the events over a two day program. It is going to be a tremendous experience for our younger athletes and an opportunity for us to evaluate how we stack up against a really good national contender.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy.

 

Early Season Speed: Florida 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.

 

Last Time Out: The Gators topped Missouri yesterday by a score of 181-109, winning 13 of 16 events. The coaching staff was pleased with how the depth of the team is progressing, as the Gators earned multiple first through fourth finishes against the Tigers.

·         Beisel racked up a pair of individual victories, including executing a tough double in the 1000 free and the 100 back. Beisel’s 1000 free of 9:43.79 ranks first in the nation.

·         Senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) swept the sprint events, winning the 50 free in 23.30 and the 100 free in 50.32.

·         Freshman Taylor Katz (Sarasota, Fla.) earned her second career victory, winning the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:02.68.

·         Sophomore Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) tallied her first second win of the season and first of the year in the 500 free (4:52.48).

·         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.

·         Sophomore Ashlee Linn (Sarasota, Fla.) finished first in the 200 back with a mark of 2:01.17.

·         Sophomore diver Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) scored her second one-meter victory of the year, winning with a six-line total of 275.93.

·         Luthersdottir led a 1-2 charge in the 200 breast, beating Beisel by .07 with a time of 2:16.65.

·         Russell won the 200 free by exactly one second, clocking in at 1:50.77. Freshman Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.) touched in second.

 

Odd Format: The swimmers will compete in 11 events each day, with the one-meter and three-meter diving events taking place on Saturday. The two-day scores will be added up to determine the overall winner. Some events will be repeated.

 

Order of Events:

Saturday, October 19 – 1 p.m.

400-yard Medley Relay

1000-yard Freestyle

200-yard Freestyle

50-yard Freestyle

200-yard Individual Medley

15-minute break

200-yard Butterfly

100-yard Freestyle

200-yard Backstroke

500-yard Freestyle

10-minute break

200-yard Breaststroke

200-yard Freestyle Relay

 

Note: 1-meter diving will begin at 12 noon and 3-meter diving will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 20 – 9 a.m.

200-yard Medley Relay

1000-yard Freestyle

200-yard Freestyle

50-yard Freestyle

400-yard Individual Medley

15-minute break

100-yard Butterfly

100-yard Freestyle

100-yard Backstroke

500-yard Freestyle

10-minute break

100-yard Breaststroke

400-yard Freestyle Relay

 

Fan Information: Live results will be available through the Meet Mobile App.

 

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