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Sunday November 24, 2013Florida Swimming and Diving Excel in All Strokes and Distances at Ohio State Invite

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida Swimming and Diving teams wanted to use the Ohio State Invitational as a midseason gauge. After the three day meet, it’s safe to say that these Gators are focused on the big meets in February and March.

 

Over the course of the weekend, the Orange and Blue registered 22 NCAA Championship automatic qualifying times, qualified eight of 10 relays to the NCAA Championships and broke five school records. With a less than an end-of-season rest cycle, the Gators still were able to tally up an array of personal bests.

 

On the final day of competition, senior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) shattered Florida’s 25-year old record in the 1650 freestyle, winning the event in an NCAA ‘A’ cut mark of 15:46.17, sophomore Natalie Hinds broke her school record in the 100 freestyle, winning in an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 47.67 and senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) defeated Florida’s 10 year-old 200 breaststroke record (2:08.37).

 

The Gators received ‘A’ cuts from redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau in the 200 butterfly (1:42.88) and sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) in the 200 backstroke (1:51.44). Florida’s distance groups stood out, as seven Gators, including senior Elizabeth Beisel’s (North Kingstown, R.I.) NCAA ‘A’ cut swim of 15:56.55, delivered swims that would have made last year’s NCAA Championships.

 

The women’s meet came down to the final relay, and Florida emerged victorious, winning the meet with 1,099 points to Virginia’s 1095. UF men placed second with 1090.5 behind Ohio State’s 1,137. Florida won nine of 10 relays during the meet.

 

Sounds Bites:

“From the stand point of finding out who we were, we met a lot of our goals this weekend. I think we’ve qualified seven to nine guys and six to eight women to the NCAA Championships, which at this time of the year is really good. We have a couple that are still on the bubble. I think with our program being in this type of dynamic this early in the season makes this one of our most successful falls. We weren’t really expecting as much as far as school records. We had a lot of good performances. We still have some weak areas that we need to address, but overall, this is what you want to see in the fall.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy on wrapping up the fall portion of the season.

 

“We covered both ends of the spectrum. Our distance swimmers were good and so were our sprinters. Our relays were really on point this weekend. I think that we’ve done a good job of getting all of the strokes and events on the same cylinder. We still have some technical issues that we need to work on, but that is a preparation issue. We weren’t fully prepared. Those are the type of things that will get better in the spring and championship season.”- Troy on the meet overall

 

“Every day at practice I look at the record board. That has been my goal since I’ve gotten here. It was a tough swim for me. I felt forced to go out faster than I usually do, but I held on. I’m not really that good at going out fast, so staying with Elizabeth (Beisel) was my goal. Once we got to the 1000 and I was still close to her, I knew that I could hang on and catch up. It was a big confidence booster for the end of the year. My goal is to win NCAA’s.”- Senior Alicia Mathieu on breaking a 25-year old school record

 

“Right now in the mile I am a couple seconds faster than I was last year. I’m really happy with that right now. New meet record, which is also good to get. I think for me being at 14:52 at midseason, the school record of 14:47 is in sight. I want to be faster at NCAA’s. That is the end goal. The whole distance group, Alicia getting the school record and Beisel’s hard double on top of a relay at the end, I think we’re looking solid. The training has been very good. We didn’t rest much for the meet, but everyone came through and did what we needed to. We’ll be in great shape for our end goals.”- Sophomore Arthur Frayler on his swim and the distance group’s performance

 

Florida Relays: Florida capped off the meet with wins and ‘A’ cuts in the 400 freestyle relay.

·         The women’s foursome of sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), Hinds, senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) and sophomore Ashlee Linn (Sarasota, Fla.) won in a meet record time of 3:14.75, which was the fifth best mark in school history.

·         The men’s quartet of senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand), Rousseau and senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) won in an ‘A’ cut time of 2:53.23.

 

Gator Distance:

·         Mathieu took down Tami Bruce’s 1988 mile record with a swim of 15:46.17. The mark was an NCAA ‘A’ cut.

·         Beisel led for the first 1000 of the race and finished with an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 15:56.55.

·         Sophomore Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England) won the first heat and ended up in fourth with a time of 16:06.36. Freshman Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.) placed fourth overall in 16:08.36. Sophomore Megan Rankin (Irvine, Calif.) placed sixth in 16:13.20. All three times were NCAA ‘B’ cuts and times that made the national championships last year.

·         On the men’s side, sophomore Arthur Frayler (Ft. Washington, Pa.) set the meet record in the 1650 free with a time of 14:52.63, missing the ‘A’ cut by less than five minutes.

·         Freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) placed second in 14:56.21.Junior Dan Wallace (North Bernwick, Scotland) touched in 15:14.17 and sophomore Ryan Rosenbaum (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) touched in 15:14.55 to win the second heat. All three times were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.

 

Backs to the Wall:

·         Russell clocked in her second NCAA ‘A’ cut of the meet, registering a second place swim in the 200 back (1:51.44). Linn stopped the clock at 1:55.65. Beisel placed sixth with a mark of 1:56.84 after swimming the mile earlier in finals and notching a prelim mark of 1:54.82. Freshman Alyssa Yambour-Maul (Tallahassee, Fla.) was the fourth Gator in the top-10, touching in 1:58.94 after notching a prelim swim of 1:57.06.

·         Florida placed five men in the top-10 of the 200 back. Main was the top finisher, placing fourth with a time of 1:43.03. Junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) was fifth in 1:43.95 and senior Connor Signorin () was sixth in 1:44.61.

 

Sprint Free:

·         Hinds broke her school record in the 100 free and set a meet record with an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 47.67. Senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) placed third with an NCAA ‘B’ cut mark of 48.78.

·         deBorde was first to the wall in the 100 free, stopping the watch at 43.29. Junior Matt Curby () ended his run in fifth with a time of 44.33.

 

Best Breast:

·         Luthersdottir set her second breaststroke record of the meet, out-touching Virginia’s Laura Simon in the 200 breast in a time of 2:08.37. Luthersdottir’s mark shattered Vipa Bernhardt’s 2003 record of 2:09.13.

·         Solaeche-Gomez and junior Matt Elliot (Peoria, Ill.) took the top spots in the 200 breast. Solaeche-Gomez set the meet record with a time of 1:54.69, just missing the ‘A’ cut by half a second. Elliot touched in 1:55.69.

 

Fast Flying:

·         Rousseau led a 1-2-6-7-9 effort for the Gators in the 200 fly, winning the event in an NCAA ‘A’ cut and meet record time of 1:42.88. Cieslak touched in 1:43.29 for second.

·         Zalewski placed fourth in the 200 fly with an NCAA ‘B’ cut swim of 1:57.09 after earning 1:57.00 in prelims.

 

Diving Results: Florida competed on the platform for the first time this season. Sophomore Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.) was the top UF participant with 238.05 points, which placed her fourth. Sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) was eighth with 193.55 points.

 

Meet the Opponents:

·         The Gator men went against their sixth and seventh top-18 team. On the men’s side, Ohio State entered 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 represented 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.

 

Team Scores:

Men:

1. The Ohio State University 1137                   2. University of Florida 1090.5

3. University of Virginia 801.5                           4. University of Kentucky 476

5. Purdue University 133

 

Women:

1. University of Florida 1099                             2. University of Virginia 1095

3. The Ohio State University 616.5                  4. Purdue University 571.5

5. University of Kentucky 418

 

Day 1 and 2 ‘A’ Cuts:

·         Women’s 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. Men’s 400 medley relay, 400 free relay and 800 free relay.

·         Russell’s 100 back leadoff split (51.95)

·         Cieslak’s 200 IM (1:42.69)

·         Beisel’s 200 IM (1:54.59), 400 IM (4:00.55)

·         D’Arrigo’s 500 free (4:15.04).

·         Rousseau’s 400 IM (3:41.26)

·         Wallace’s 400 IM (3:42.18)

·         Zalewski’s 100 fly (51.13)

 

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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