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Tuesday November 26, 2013Sebastien Rousseau Named SEC Swimmer of the Week, UF Leads Nation With 9 Qualified for NCAA's

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After one of the best team midseason performances in school history at the Ohio State Invitational, red-shirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) was named the SEC Male Swimmer of the Week, as released by the conference office on Tuesday.

 

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. Rousseau was one of four men and five women to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships, the most for one school on both the men’s and women’s sides.

 

Rousseau swam two individual ‘A’ cuts, contributed to two relay ‘A’ cuts and set three meet records this past weekend. In a pair of individual wins, Rousseau registered the nation’s top 200 butterfly in a meet record and NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:42.88 and posted the second fastest 400 individual medley in a meet record and NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:42.88.

 

“It was a great race,” Rousseau said of his 400 IM on the second day of competition. “I always enjoy racing with (junior) Dan (Wallace). He is a really tough guy. I always know that when I race with him that it is going to come down to the last 25, which it did. I was happy with the time, because it is a best time for me after my DQ from NCAA’s last year. I was pretty angry at myself from the morning, so I might have over-swam the first 25 out of frustration. However, I’m still pleased with the result.”

 

The South African also touched third in the 500 freestyle (4:17.97) behind two of his Gator teammates and sixth in the 200 backstroke (1:43.27), with both times breaking the ‘B’ standard. On relays, Rousseau led off the nation’s fastest 800 free relay, cranking out the nation’s second best 200 free time of 1:34.19 in the process. Furthermore, Rousseau swam the third leg on the nation’s second best 400 free relay (2:53.23), securing ‘A’ cuts in both ‘A’ relay attempts.

 

The conference honor marked the second honor for Rousseau this year and the fifth of his career. Auburn senior Marcelo Chierighini was also named SEC Male Swimmer of the Week for his performance in the Auburn Invitational.

 

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