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Friday November 22, 2013Gators Qualify Six Races to NCAA's, Set School Record on Day One of 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) got off to a hot start at the Ohio State Invitational, securing three NCAA ‘A’ cuts apiece and setting a school record. Tomorrow’s prelims will begin at 10 a.m.


Freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy), senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland), senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.), the women’s 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay and the men’s 400 medley relay earned NCAA ‘A’ cuts. The Gator men lead with 328 and the Gator women are in second with 336 points after day one. Ohio State men are in second with 286 points and the Virginia women lead with 364 points.


The women’s 400 medley group of sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland), senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) and sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) set a new school record in an NCAA A cut time of 3:30.27. The swim was also an Ohio State Invite meet record.


Sounds Bites:

“We had a really good evening session. We had some ‘A’ cuts and we set a school record. For us to go that fast this time of year shows that the work these folks are doing is extremely good. I was very impressed with Natalie Hinds and Ellese Zalewski. Some of the young freshman had huge drops in some events. Overall, the men’s side, we have multiple ‘A’ standards and some guys that are high enough in the ‘B’ standard to have four or five guys already qualified for the NCAA Championships. We’re in a real good spot at the moment. We still have two days left and need to be really good these next two days.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy on tonight’s events.


“We had a hard time getting started this morning. We had some good swims, but I thought we could be better. We did some experimenting this morning to see where we are at. We had some people in technical suits in the morning and some without. We came back tonight a much more focused group. We talked about it in between sessions. I was glad to see us respond.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy on the prelim session.


“This was one of the fastest 200 IM’s that I’ve ever swam, and it is very early in the season. I am excited to rest and see what I can go at the end of the season. I had a lot of fun racing today. My teammates in the 500 freestyle (after a 1-2-3 finish) gave me some extra motivation going into my race.”- Senior Marcin Cieslak on swimming the fastest 200 individual medley in the country this season.


Gator Relays:

·         Florida’s 200 freestyle relay team of Russell, Hinds, Zalewski and senior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) touched first in the team’s first NCAA ‘A’ cut of the season. The quartets’ mark of 1:29.49 tied the Ohio State Invitational meet record. Russell led off with a 22.55, the fastest leadoff in the field. Hinds threw down the fastest split, going 21,87 on the second leg.

·         The men’s 200 freestyle group of senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland), senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) and junior Matt Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) won the event in a season best mark of 1:19.08. The ‘B’ relay added some important points, placing in fourth with a mark of 1:21.17.

·         The men’s 400 medley relay foursome of Main, junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain), Cieslak and deBorde notched an NCAA ‘A’ cut of 3:09.25 in a first place performance.


Mid Distance: Five men and five women earned a spot in the ‘A’ final of the 500 freestyle. Seven women scored points overall.

·         The Gator finished 1-2-3 in the 500 free behind with three of the top times in the nation. D’Arrigo gave the Orange and Blue its first NCAA automatic qualifying time in a meet record swim of 4:15.04. Teammates junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) and redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) finished second and third in 4:16.20 and 4:17.94, respectively.

·         Sophomore Ryan Rosenbaum (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and junior Matthew Thompson (Seminole, Fla.) scored points in the ‘A’ final, notching times of 4:22.40 and 4:28.99, respectively. Sophomore Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) delivered the fifth fastest time in the event, winning the ‘B’ final in 4:21.99.

·         Sophomore Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.) ended the finals with the second fastest swim of 4:40.72 after dropping almost eight second from her prelim time, finishing 11th overall. Senior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) dropped 10 seconds from her prelim swim and touched in 4:42.24 in the ‘C’ final, which was the third fastest swim in the event.

·         In the championship final, five Gators scored valuable points. Sophomore Megan Rankin (Irvine, Calif.), sophomore Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.), sophomore Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England), sophomore Taylor Roy (Woodstock, Ga.) and junior Molly Dubrasky (Estero, Fla.) all delivered season best performances and registered NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the prelims or final sessions.


Medley Madness:

·         Beisel notched the Gator women’s second NCAA ‘A’ cut with a blistering swim of 1:54.49, earning a victory in the process and setting a meet record. Luthersdottir and sophomore Ashlee Linn (Sarasota, Fla.) delivered swims of 1:58.38 and 2:00.01, respectively. In the ‘B’ final, Russell coasted to a victory with a swim of 1:57.68, the fifth fastest time in the event.

·         Cieslak and Solaeche-Gomez finished 1-2 in the 200 IM. Cieslak’s swim of 1:42.69 was a meet record and the second NCAA ‘A’ cut for the Gator men. Solaeche-Gomez touched in 1:43.90, which was a strong NCAA ‘B’ cut. Junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) placed sixth in the ‘A’ final with a mark of 1:47.54.



·         In the morning prelims, deBorde took the top-seed in a time of 19.75, and bested his morning swim in the finals, winning the event in a meet record and strong NCAA ‘B’ cut of 19.48. Main placed fourth with a swim of 20.21. Junior Ricky Munch (Clifton, Va.) won the ‘B’ final in 20.52.

·         Hinds and Zalewski tied for first in the 50 free, both posting a mark of 22.27. The swims were strong NCAA ‘B’ cuts.


Diving Results:

·         The women’s three-meter group of sophomores Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia), Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio) competed in the championship final. Warner placed second with a six-line total of 320.25, Dye sixth with 295.30 and Mosher seventh with 286.80.


Meet the Opponents:

·         The Gator men are 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 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.


Schedule of events:

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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