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Thursday October 31, 2013Florida Swimming and Diving Host Georgia in Annual SEC Dual

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida Swimming and Diving program will take part in the Florida-Georgia weekend festivities as the Gators and Bulldogs square off in a dual meet tomorrow at noon in the O’Connell Center. The matchup features two of the premiere swimming and diving teams in the conference and nation, with 10 Olympians and 37 All-Americans participating.

 

The No. 2/6 Lady Bulldogs are the reigning SEC and NCAA Champions and will provide the second early season test for the No.5/2 Gator women (1-1, 1-0 SEC) after competing against No. 1 California two weeks ago. The No. 2 Gator men (2-0, 1-0 SEC) will look to extend the team’s dual meet unbeaten streak to 18 after scoring dual wins over No. 7 Minnesota and No. 16 Missouri earlier in the year.

 

Sound Bites: “I see two really good Georgia teams. On the women’s side, we’re real fortunate to have two back-to-back competitions with two of the best teams in the country, California and Georgia this week. They are both very star-studded teams. Georgia has a lot of depth and it will be a good test for us to see what we will need to compete at the NCAA meet. A little bit different challenge than California was. Cal had some weaknesses that we could focus on. Georgia has no weaknesses. They have someone in every race and they are deep. It is a little bit of a different challenge for us. We need to step up and race. It is going to be a heads up competition. This is a great opportunity for us to measure ourselves in the fall.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy

 

“The men’s meet is very similar, but flip-flopped. I think our men have few weaknesses and create a very tough meet lineup. If someone wants to get in the pool with us, they’re going to have to measure up in all of the events and be ready to go. Georgia has an outstanding team and is probably the best men’s team we’ve gone against so far. Depth could be a deciding factor. It should be a very good weekend.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy

 

Team Rankings: The Gator men are ranked No. 2 in the nation by both CollegeSwimming.com and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The Georgia men are graded No. 6 in both polls. The Gator women are ranked No. 2 by CollegeSwimming.com and No. 5 by CSCAA. The Lady Bulldogs are rated as No. 2 by CSCAA and No. 6 by CollegeSwimming.com.

 

Series History Matchup: The Gator men lead Georgia all-time by a count of 62-16-1. UF men have not dropped a dual to Georgia since 2006. The Gators and Lady Bulldogs all-time series is tied at 14 apiece. The Lady Bulldogs have won the last six regular season duals between the programs.

 

Last Time Out: The Gator men earned their second dual meet win of the season after taking down Missouri by a score of 169-130. The women matched the men against Missouri with a 181-109 win over the Tigers. The Gator women dropped a two-day dual to No. 1 California by a score of 238-210.

 

First to the Wall: The Gator men have notched 35 individual victories and have either won or posted the fastest time in every relay this season.

·         Senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) has totaled six individual wins in five different events. Cieslak ranks first in the nation in the 200 individual medley (1:46.00) and second in the 100 butterfly (47.36) and 200 butterfly (1:45.03).

·         Sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) has registered six individual wins in four different events and leads the team with 14 total wins. Main ranks second in the country in the 100 backstroke (47.69) and in the top-10 in the 200 freestyle (1:37.69) and the 200 backstroke (1:46.26).

·         Sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) has excelled in the distance freestyle events and the 400 IM. Wallace boasts the nation’s second fastest 500 free (4:23.09) and mile (15:22.15).

·         Red-shirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) has touched first in five different events this year. Rousseau ranks second in the nation in the 400 IM (3:49.29) behind Georgia’s Chase Kalisz. The Gators rank second through fourth in the event, with junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) and Wallace posting the third and fourth fastest times in the nation, respectively. Rousseau is also fourth in the country in the 200 free (1:37.38) and 500 free (4:25.28).

·         All five of the Gator relays rank in the top-three of the country. The Gators are tops in the nation in the 200 free relay (1:20.23), 800 free relay (6:32.82) and 400 medley relay (3:13.30).

 

Women’s Leaders: The Orange and Blue are led in the pool by senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.).

·         Beisel has placed first seven times this season in six different events. So far this season nationally, Beisel ranks second in the 400 IM (4:09.54), third in the 200 IM (1:58.29) and fourth in the 500 free (4:45.40).

·         Sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) has led the Gators in the sprint events, winning the 50 free twice and the 100 free once against California. Hinds is sixth in the country in the 50 free (22.82), seventh in the 100 free (49.67) and seventh in the 100 fly (53.91).

·         Sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) has her hand in 10 total and four individual wins this season. Russell ranks ninth in the nation in the 100 back (54.30).

·         Three of the Gator relays rank in the top-five of the country.

 

SEC Recognition: Beisel was named the Southeastern Conference Female Swimmer of the Week for her fantastic showing in dual meets against Missouri and California. The honor marked the eighth time in her career that Beisel has been recognized by the SEC for a weekly performance. Beisel registered five individual victories in five different events during her three days of competition.

 

Order of Events:

10:00 am                                               Diving (1M Men & Women)

12:00 pm                                               200 Medley Relay

                                                                1,000 Freestyle

                                                                200 Freestyle

                                                                100 Backstroke

                                                                100 Breaststroke

                                                                200 Fly

                                                                50 Free

                                                                3 Meter Diving (Women) - BREAK

                                                                100 Free

                                                                200 Backstroke

                                                                200 Breaststroke

                                                                500 Free

                                                                100 Fly

                                                                3 Meter Diving (Men) - BREAK

                                                                200 IM

                                                                400 Free Relay

 

Fan Information:

·         Students can enter to win a pair of front row tickets to the Nov. 30 football game against Florida State. Students will need to sign up at the marketing table upstairs and be present during the drawing at the end of the meet. Both the winner and their guest must be current UF students and must also currently have student football tickets.

·         Live results will also be available through the Meet Mobile App.

·         Live Video Provided by Florida Swim Network

 

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