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Thursday November 21, 2013Florida Swimming and Diving Seeks to Automatically Qualify for NCAA's at Ohio State Invite

Gainesville, Fla.

The top-ranked Florida men (4-0, 3-0 SEC) and the fourth ranked Florida women (2-2, 2-1 SEC) will compete in the three-day Ohio State Invitational with hopes of posting NCAA automatic qualifying marks. The Orange and Blue will compete against Ohio State, Virginia, Kentucky and Purdue.

 

The midseason invitational will allow the Gators to gauge where they stand in their training at the midpoint of the season. Florida can use this meet as an opportunity to automatically qualify relays and have individuals earn multiple postseason qualifying marks. All five relays will be competed and each swimmer has the opportunity to swim four individual events. Diving will be competing on the platform for the first time this season.

 

Florida men have posted victories or placed ahead of No. 11 Florida State, No. 24 Alabama, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 20 Missouri and No. 7 Georgia. The Gators have displayed fantastic dual depth this season, and have relied on the leadership of seniors Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland), Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and Connor Signorin.

 

On the women’s side, senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) has paced the Gators with wins in five different events and will look to reclaim some of the nation’s top times after Florida did not compete this past week. Sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) and Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) have each registered wins in at least three different events and are in line to deliver top-10 times in the country.

 

The Gator distance group of senior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.), freshman Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.), sophomore Megan Rankin (Irvine, Calif.) and sophomore Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England) will have an opportunity to swim the mile for the first time since the opening weekend of the season. The men’s distance group is led by sophomore Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) and junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland), who both own two of the top-five fastest mile times in the nation.

 

Meet the Opponents:

·         The Gator men will be going against their sixth and seventh top-18 team. On the men’s side, Ohio State enters the meet ranked 10th in the country and 8-0 on the season. The Buckeye men finished third at the Big Ten championships and 13th at NCAA’s. Virginia (2-2) is ranked 18th, is the reigning ACC Champion and placed 27th at last year’s NCAA’s. Kentucky men finished 22nd at NCAA’s and ninth at SEC’s last season.

·         In the women’s meet, No. 12 Virginia, No. 16 Purdue and No. 19 Ohio State will represent the fifth, sixth and seventh top-25 opponents for the Gators this fall. Virginia is 4-1 on the year, finished first at the ACC Championships and placed 18th at ACC’s. The Buckeye women are 7-1 on the year, placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships and 28th at NCAA’s. Purdue women finished 19th at last year’s NCAA Championships.

 

Sounds Bites: “This is a good three-day competition. We are looking at three days in an NCAA style format. We’ve got an SEC team, the ACC champion on both sides and Big Ten contenders. It gives us a good chance to see how people step up in this type of format and how well they will do. We’ve had a chance to see everyone in a lot of different events so far. The prelim-finals format will force them to swim well in the morning and force them to step up. We will use to evaluate where people need to be at the end of the semester, which allows us to use the next six weeks to adjust for some of our weaknesses and give us another chance to improve.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy

 

“We are coming off of a very good home meet with Alabama, our last home meet of the fall. We had three SEC Athletes of the Week from that performance. Our divers have been very good. We feel pretty good about where we are going.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy

 

NCAA Cuts so Far: The Gators have amassed 42 NCAA B cuts during the early portion of the season. An A cut will automatically qualify swimmers for the NCAA Championships. The event and top time is listed below.

·         Marcin Cieslak- 100 butterfly (47.36), 200 butterfly (1:43.80), 200 individual medley (1:45.83)

·         Mitch D’Arrigo- 500 freestyle (4:24.78)

·         Brad deBorde- 50 freestyle (20.03)

·         Matt Elliott- 100 breaststroke (54.80), 200 breaststroke (1:57.61)

·         Arthur Frayler- 1650 free (15:22.35)

·         Christian Homer- 100 backstroke (48.06), 100 fly (47.90)

·         Corey Main- 100 back (47.69), 200 back (1:45.67), 200 free (1:37.69)

·         Carlos Omana- 200 back (1:45.76), 200 IM (1:49.09)

·         Sebastien Rousseau- 200 free (1:36.53), 200 fly (1:45.71), 400 IM (3:49.29)

·         Eduardo Solaeche Gomez- 100 breast (54.28), 200 breast (1:58.70), 200 fly (1:47.85), 400 IM (3:49.47)

·         Dan Wallace- 500 free (4:23.09), 1650 free (15:22.15), 200 IM (1:48.83), 400 IM (3:51.43)

·         Elizabeth Beisel- 500 free (4:43.32), 100 back (54.29), 200 back (1:55.94), 200 fly (1:56.80), 200 IM (1:58.29), 400 IM (4:09.54)

·         Natalie Hinds- 50 free (22.82), 100 free (49.47), 100 fly (53.91)

·         Ashlee Linn- 200 back (1:59.17)

·         Hilda Luthersdottir- 100 breast (1:02.23), 200 breast (2:15.30)

·         Sinead Russell- 200 free (1:46.97), 100 back (53.49), 200 back (1:55.58), 200 IM (2:00.64)

 

SEC Recognition: The Southeastern Conference named redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) the SEC Male Swimmer of the Week, sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) the SEC Female Diver of the Week and Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.) the SEC Female Freshman of the Week for their performances in Florida’s sweep of Alabama. The honor marked the second consecutive recognition for Warner. Rousseau was named the conference swimmer of the week for the fourth time in his career.

 

Schedule of events:

Friday, Nov. 22

 Prelims: 11 a.m.

 • 500 Freestyle

• 200 Individual Medley

• 50 Freestyle

• Men's One-Meter Diving, Women’s Three-Meter Diving

 

Finals: 6 p.m.

 • 200 Freestyle Relay

• 500 Freestyle

• 200 Individual Medley

• 50 Freestyle

• Men's One-Meter Diving, Women's Three-Meter Diving

• 400 Medley Relay

 

Saturday, Nov. 23

 Prelims: 10 a.m.

• 400 Individual Medley

• Men's Three-Meter Diving, Women's One-Meter Diving

• 100 Butterfly

• 200 Freestyle

• 100 Breaststroke

• 100 Backstroke

 

Finals: 6:00 p.m.

• 200 Medley Relay

• 400 Individual Medley

• 100 Butterfly

• 200 Freestyle

• 100 Breaststroke

• 100 Backstroke

• Men's Three-Meter Diving, Women's One-Meter Diving

• 800 Freestyle Relay

 

Sunday, Nov. 24

 Prelims: 9 a.m.

• 200 Backstroke

• 100 Freestyle

• 200 Breaststroke

• 200 Butterfly

• Platform Diving - finals

 

Finals: 3 p.m.

• 1650 Freestyle

• 200 Backstroke

• 100 Freestyle

• 200 Breaststroke

• 200 Butterfly

• 400 Freestyle Relay

 

Fan Information: Ohio State has created a ‘meet central’ page, which includes all relevant information for the meet. Here is the Link.

 

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