Wednesday November 6, 2013Gator Men Ranked No. 1, UF Swimming and Diving Hosts Alabama Thursday Night
The Gator Swimming and Diving teams will kick off UF Homecoming as Alabama comes to Gainesville tomorrow for an SEC dual meet at 7 p.m. in the O’Connell Center.
The Gator men (3-0, 2-0 SEC) were given the number one ranking today by CollegeSwimming.com. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has Florida second behind 2013 NCAA Champion Michigan. The Florida women (1-2, 1-1 SEC) were ranked third by CollegeSwimming.com and fifth by CSCAA.
Alabama men (1-1) are ranked 16th, and will be the fifth top-16 opponent Florida has competed against. The Crimson Tide women (2-0) come in at No. 25 in CollegeSwimming.com’s most recent poll.
Sound Bites: “This week we have a good Alabama team. They are much improved from last year. We get them on a Thursday, which is kind of unique. It should give us a good opportunity to get some racing in and evaluate some people in some different events.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy
Series History Matchup: The Florida men hold a 26-11 record over Alabama. The Gator women are 24-2 against Alabama.
Last Time Out: The Orange and Blue earned a split with Georgia. The Gator men defeated No. 6 Georgia by a score of 179-119 and the No. 2 Lady Bulldogs defeated UF by a score of 162-136. Florida women won nine of 16 events.
High Level Opponents: The Gators have used the early season to go up against some of the top collegiate teams in the country. So far this season, the men’s team has taken down No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 9 Florida State and No. 14 Missouri. Florida women have defeated Missouri and No. 15 Florida State and dropped close duals to No. 1 California and No. 2 Georgia.
Team Rankings: The Gator men were given the top ranking by CollegeSwimming.com and the second ranking by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The Gator women were ranked third by CollegeSwimming.com and fifth by CSCAA. CSCAA currently has six SEC men’s teams in the top-25 and CollegeSwimming.com currently has eight SEC men’s teams in the top-25.
Closing in on NCAA’s: Eleven men in 26 events and five women in 14 events have secured NCAA B cuts through the first two months of the season.
· Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) leads the way with six individual marks in the 500 free (4:43.32), 100 backstro0ke (54.29), 200 backstroke (1:59.96), 200 butterfly (1:56.80), 200 individual medley (1:58.29) and 400 IM (4:09.54). Beisel has touched the wall first in 10 individual events this season.
· Sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) owns season bests of 22.82 in the 50 free, 49.47 in the 100 free and 53.91 in the 100 fly.
· Sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) also boasts three NCAA provisional marks in the 100 back (53.49), 200 back (1:55.58) and 200 IM (2:00.64).
· Junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) has shown his versatility this season, notching NCAA B cuts in the 100 breaststroke (54.28), 200 breast (1:58.70), 200 fly (1:47.85), 200 IM (1:46.76) and 400 IM (3:49.47).
· Senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) owns season lows in the 100 fly (47.36), 200 fly (1:43.80) and 200 IM (1:45.83). Cieslak is tied for the men’s event lead with seven individual victories.
· Sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) has NCAA cuts in the 200 free (1:37.69), 100 back (47.69) and 200 back (1:45.67). Main is tied with Cieslak with seven individual wins on the year.
· Sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) holds season bests in the 500 free (4:23.09), 1650 free (15:22.15) and 400 IM (3:51.43).
· Redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) has shown versatility with season bests of 1:36.53 in the 200 free, 1:47.24 in the 200 fly and 3:49.29 in the 400 IM.
SEC Recognition: Freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. D’Arrigo ranks in the top-five in the nation in the 500 freestyle and the 1000 freestyle. Sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) was named the SEC Diver of the Week for the first time in her career after winning the three-meter springboard in a career high performance.
Order of Events:
6:00 pm Diving (1M Men & Women)
7:00 pm 400 Medley Relay
3 Meter Diving (Women) - Break
3 Meter Diving (Men) - Break
400 Free Relay
· Doors will open at 5:00 pm. Spectators are encouraged to enter at Gate 2.
· Florida Swim Network will carry the meet live.
· The first 300 fans will receive a complimentary Florida Swimming and Diving pint glass.
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