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Friday January 3, 2014Florida Swimming Begins 2014 Season with Dual Against Florida State on Saturday

Gainesville, Fla.

The third ranked Florida men (4-0, 3-0 SEC) and fifth ranked Florida women (2-2, 2-1 SEC) will host No. 16 Florida State men (3-0, 2-0 ACC) and No. 23 Florida State women (5-1, 2-0 ACC) in a dual meet at 1 p.m. in the O’Connell Center on Saturday. The Gators will compete in the first of four duals in the final tune up before the start of the Southeastern Conference Championships on Feb. 18.

 

Florida enters the meet with nine NCAA automatic qualifying cuts, four for the men and five for the women. Twenty-nine Gators have secured NCAA provisional marks. The Gators have also qualified all five relays for both teams to the NCAA Championships.

 

On the men’s side, redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw Poland), junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) and freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) achieved NCAA ‘A’ cuts at the Ohio State Invitational. Rousseau’s 200 butterfly (1:42.88) and 400 individual medley (3:41.26), Cieslak’s 200 IM (1:42.69), D’Arrigo’s 500 freestyle (4:15.04) and Wallace’s 400 IM (3:42.18) all beat the ‘A’ cut line.

 

For the Gator women, senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) leads the way with a trio of NCAA ‘A’ cuts in the 1650 freestyle (15:56.55), 200 IM (1:54.59) and 400 IM (4:00.55). Sophomore Natalie Hinds’ (Midland Texas) 100 free (47.67), senior Alicia Mathieu’s (Marlborough, Conn.) 1650 free (15:46.17), sophomore Sinead Russell’s (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) 100 backstroke (51.96) and 200 backstroke (1:51.44) and senior Ellese Zalewski’s (Melbourne, Australia) 100 fly (51.13) all were under the ‘A’ cut line.

 

Sounds Bites: “We have not competed since the end of November. We’re real tired because we trained very well in December. Tomorrow will give us a chance to see where we are after training hard for six weeks. I am looking forward to going against a good opponent and evaluating what we need to do from this point forward.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy.

 

First Meeting: Both UF teams opened up the year with a victory at the Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational. Florida men finished with 1,269 points to second place Florida State’s 970 points. UF women ended up with 1,146 points to second place Florida State’s 798 points.

 

Series History: Florida men lead Florida State 52-23-1 all-time. The Gator women lead the Seminoles 39-3 all-time.

 

Gators Ranked Nationally in the Top-Five:

·         Mitch D’Arrigo- 500 freestyle (3rd-4:15.04), 1000 freestyle (4th-9:07.43)

·         Arthur Frayler- 1000 freestyle (3rd- 9:04.53), 1650 freestyle (3rd- 14:52.63)

·         Dan Wallace- 1000 freestyle (5th-9:07.56), 400 individual medley (4th, 3:42.18)

·         Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez- 200 breaststroke (4th- 1:54.69), 200 individual medley (5th- 1:43.90)

·         Marcin Cieslak- 200 individual medley (1st, 1:42.69), 100 butterfly (4th, 46.28), 200 butterfly (5th, 1:43.29)

·         Sebastien Rousseau- 200 butterfly (2nd, 1:42.88), 400 individual medley (2nd, 3:41.26)

·         Men’s 800 freestyle relay (2nd, 6:20.94)

·         Natalie Hinds- 100 freestyle (5th, 47.67)

·         Elizabeth Beisel- 400 individual medley (1st, 4:00.55), 1000 freestyle (1st, 9:38.49), 1650 freestyle (4th, 15:56.55), 200 individual medley (5th, 1:54.59)

·         Alicia Mathieu- 1650 freestyle (1st, 15:46.17)

·         Sinead Russell- 200 backstroke (4th, 1:51.44)

·         Ellese Zalewski- 100 butterfly (1st, 51.13)

·         Women’s 800 free relay-(5th, 7:05.61)

·         Women’s 200 medley relay- (1st, 1:36.42)

·         Women’s 400 medley relay- (2nd, 3:30.27)

 

Last Time Out: Over the course of the three-day Ohio State Invitational, the Orange and Blue registered 22 NCAA Championship automatic qualifying times, qualified all relays to the NCAA Championships and broke six school records.

·         Alicia Mathieu shattered Florida’s 25-year old record in the 1650 freestyle, winning the event in an NCAA ‘A’ cut mark of 15:46.17.

·         Natalie Hinds broke her school record in the 100 freestyle, winning in an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 47.67.

·         Senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) defeated Florida’s 10 year-old 200 breaststroke record (2:08.37). Luthersdottir also became the first Gator to swim a sub-one minute 100-yard breaststroke, touching in 59.55.

·         Ellese Zalewski topped her program record in the 100 butterfly, stopping the clock in 51.13.

·         The women’s 400 medley group of sophomore Sinead Russell, Hilda Luthersdottir, Ellese Zalewski and Natalie Hinds set a new school record in an NCAA A cut time of 3:30.27.

 

Fall Competition: Florida men have gone up against seven top-18 teams this season. The opponents have included Florida State, Alabama, Minnesota, Missouri, Georgia, Virginia and Ohio State. The Gator women have also gone against seven top-25 teams, defeating everyone except No. 1 California and No. 2 Georgia.

 

Men’s Dual Streak: The Gator men have gone 19 straight dual meets without dropping a dual, a record that dates back to Jan. 21, 2011.

 

We’re On TV: Sun Sports will air a 60-minute show at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12. Larry Vettel and Tina Bates will be on the call. The meet will also air on Monday, Jan 20, at 9:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 11:00 p.m.

 

Follow Live: Florida Swim Network will carry the meet live.

 

Fan Information: Parking will be available in the O’Connell Center parking lot garage. Please note that men’s basketball game begins at 3 p.m. and there could be additional traffic. The first 75 kids in attendance will receive a signed Florida Swimming and Diving poster.

 

Schedule of Events:

400 Medley Relay

1,000 Freestyle

200 Freestyle

100 Back

100 Breast

200 Fly

50 Free

100 Free

200 Back

200 Breast

500 Free

100 Fly

400 IM

200 Free Relay

*Men’s 100 free, 200 free and 500 free will have two heats. Women’s 200 free and 400 IM will have two heats.

 

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