Friday November 1, 2013Florida and Georgia Split in One of the Country's Fastest Early Season Duals
The Florida swimming and diving teams picked up a split against SEC rival Georgia on Friday at the O’Connell Center. The No. 2 Gator men (3-0, 2-0 SEC) extended its unbeaten dual streak to 18 with a 179-119 victory over No. 6 Georgia. The No. 5 Gator women (1-2, 1-1 SEC) won nine of 16 events, but could not match the depth of No. 2 Georgia, and fell by a score of 162-136.
Combined, the Gator men and women tallied up 21 NCAA qualifying times. The men were responsible for 14 NCAA provisional marks while showcasing their strengths from top to bottom against a talented Georgia men’s team. Florida touched the wall first in 11 of 16 events and swept the diving and relay events.
Seven different men earned victories on the day. Senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) delivered a pair of first place swims in the sprint events to lead the Gator swimmers. Junior Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Georgia) swept the springboard events.
In the women’s meet, sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) swept the sprint events and placed first in the 100 butterfly and senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) swept the distance events and won the 200 butterfly to lead the Orange and Blue with three wins apiece. Sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) produced a pair of victories in the backstroke events.
Sound Bites: “There were a lot of great races for the first of November. There were some world class performances and some really good racing. I’m really pleased with the women’s team. This is two back-to-back meets with two of the top teams in the nation (No. 1 California two weeks ago). We are a little bit slim depth wise, but the women distance events was spectacular today. We had a woman go 9:57 in the 1000 freestyle and finish sixth, that shows how fast of a meet this was.” -Head Coach Gregg Troy
“It is always exciting to swim Georgia. It is a great rivalry, an honest competition and the same weekend as the football game. There are a lot of athletes that were recruited by both schools. There were a couple of places that second place was one of the top swims in the country.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy
“Brad deBorde was especially good today. He was dominant in the sprint events. Marcin Cieslak had three great swims in races with Georgia’s Chase Kalisz even though he came out on the short end of it. Sebastien Rousseau has been our guy time in and time out. It was good to see people step up down the line.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy
Series History: The Gator men lead Georgia all-time by a count of 63-16-1. UF men have not dropped a dual to Georgia since 2006. The reigning NCAA and SEC Champion Lady Bulldogs now lead the Gators in the all-time series 15-14.
Spirited Sprints: Both Florida teams dominated the sprint events, showing top-end speed early in the season.
· deBorde touched first in the 50 free with a season low 20.12 and followed that up after the diving break with a win in the 100 free (44.61).
· Hinds beat out three Lady Bulldogs for a first place swim in the 50 free (23.01) and returned to the pool after the diving break to win the 100 free with the nation’s third fastest swim of 49.47.
Distance Derby: The Gators and Bulldogs showed talented depth in the distance events for both genders. In the women’s 1000 freestyle, all seven swimmers broke 10 minutes, which all rank in the top-20 in the country.
· Beisel threw down the fastest 1000 freestyle in the nation this year in a time of 9:38.49 and finished in front of three Georgia swimmers.
· In the men’s event, sophomore Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) notched the second fastest time in the country this year with a mark of 9:04.53. Freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) contributed the country’s fourth best swim of 9:07.43.
· Beisel repeated with a win in the 500 freestyle, besting a trio of Lady Bulldogs with a season low mark of 4:43.32.
· Georgia’s Matias Koski (4:22.50) overtook D’Arrigo (4:24.78) as both swimmers posted top-five times in the country.
Battles to Watch: Georgia’s star sophomore Chase Kalisz and Gator senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) produced some of the top races of the afternoon. Kalisz (1:43.55, 1:45.23) bested Cieslak (1:43.80, 1:45.83) in the 200 fly and the 200 IM as the two swimmers posted the two fastest times in the country in both events. Kalisz earned his third win of the afternoon, beating junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) in the 200 breaststroke. Kalisz’s 1:57.20 and Elliott’s 1:57.61 are also the two best times in the country.
Backs to the Wall: Florida dominated the backstroke events and cranked out first place swims in all four opportunities.
· Russell registered a first place performance in the 100 back (53.49) and returned to win the 200 back (1:55.58). Russell’s 200 back was the third best in nation and her 100 back was the fifth best.
· Junior Christian-Paul Homer (Trinidad and Tobago) earned his first win of the year, taking the 100 back in a time of 48.42.
· Main captured the 200 back in 1:45.67, which is the fourth best in the country this year, after finishing second in the 100 back.
First to the Wall:
· Men's 100 breast: junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain)-54.28, 3rst fastest time in the country
· Men’s 100 fly: Cieslak (47.68) in a Gator 1-2-3 finish. Homer was second in 48.42 and red-shirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) third.
· Women’s 100 fly: Hinds, 54.66, giving her a perfect three for three day.
· Women’s 200 fly: Beisel, 1:56.80, providing her with three wins on the day.
Up Next: The Gators will welcome Alabama to the O’Connell Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. The meet will mark the first athletic event of the 2013 UF Homecoming Weekend.
· Hernandez provided the Gators with an important 18 points, winning the three-meter with a total of 344.93 and the one-meter 316.35.
· Sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) finished first on the three-meter with a score of 340.43 and second on the one-meter with a total of 299.55.
· Homer- 100 backstroke (48.42), 100 fly (47.90)
· Rousseau- 200 freestyle (1:36.53)
· Russell- 100 backstroke (53.49), 200 back (1:55.58), 200 IM (2:00.64)
· Solaeche-Gomez- 100 breaststroke (54.28), 200 breaststroke (1:58.70), 200 IM (1:47.51)
· Elliott- 100 breaststroke (54.80), 200 breaststroke (1:57.61)
· Beisel- 200 fly (1:56.80)
· Cieslak- 200 fly (1:43.80), 100 fly (47.68), 200 IM (1:45.83)
· deBorde- 50 free (20.12)
· Hinds- 100 free (49.47)
· Linn- 200 back (1:59.17)
· Main- 200 back (1:45.67)
· Luthersdottir- 200 breast (2:15.67)
· D’Arrigo- 500 free (4:24.78)