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Saturday January 4, 2014Gators Begin the New Year with Sweep over Ranked Florida State Teams

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida Gator swimming teams returned from a six-week competition hiatus to sweep Florida State in front of an overflow crowd on Saturday at the O’Connell Center. The third-ranked UF men (5-0, 3-0 SEC) defeated No. 16 FSU (3-1) by a score of 180-118 and the fifth-ranked Florida women (3-2, 2-1 SEC) took down No. 23 FSU (6-2) by a total of 153-147.


The Gators showed fight after a tough six weeks of training as every UF swim was slower than the results from the Fall season. Florida men led from start to finish, winning all of the freestyle, breaststroke and relay events. The Gator women needed to battle back after Florida State placed 1-2 in both sprint events. The gator women finished strong with wins in the 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 100 butterfly. A second place finish in the 200 free relay clinched the final score for the Orange and Blue.


Senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) led the Gators with a pair of sprint victories and was on both the first place 400 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. Fresh off of a silver medal at the European Short Course Championships, freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) touched first in the 200 free and 500 free. Junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) also had two wins, reaching the wall first in the 400 individual medley and the 1000 free.


Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) swept the backstroke events and completed a grueling back-to-back double with a second place finish in the 200 breaststroke immediately after winning the 200 back. Senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) posted wins in both breaststroke events and swam the breaststroke leg of the first place 400 medley relay. The Gator distance group swept the 1000 freestyle with a 1-2-3-4 finish behind senior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.).


Sounds Bites:

“It is nice to have a win, but we were real sloppy. We kind of anticipated that it would be tough for us today. We started a really good training cycle and we were a bit rusty today. There were things that we didn’t do too well, but we raced tough. I was proud of the women’s side. We have a couple cases of the flu running through our team and we were running back and forth to the locker room. They stayed on top of their game and I am real proud of the efforts. We’ve got some work to do. This is about how good we can be in February and March. We’ve got to get to that point.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy


“I am glad we came out on top after losing to FSU last year. It was definitely good to come back this year and win, especially because it is my senior year and the last time that I will have a chance to go against FSU. I think we raced pretty tough. We’re pretty tired. Christmas training is pretty hard for us. We didn’t know what to expect today. We had a mini-meet within our team before the meet, so we were pretty tired today. It is definitely a good indicator of where we are right now and where we will be swimming at the end of the year.”- Senior Elizabeth Beisel


“I knew about the UF-FSU rivalry well before I was in college. To come here, and see the stands full of FSU and Gator fans, is really cool and it shows that this is one of the best rivalries in the country.”- Beisel


The Streak Goes On: The Gator men have now gone 20 straight dual meets without dropping a dual, a record that dates back to Jan. 21, 2011.


Series History: With the wins, Florida men lead Florida State 53-23-1 all-time and Florida women lead the Seminoles 40-3 all-time.


Event Breakdown: The Gator men touched first in 12 of 14 events. Florida and FSU both split the events at seven individual events and one relay event apiece. FSU swept all four diving events on Thursday.


Relay Madness:

·         Florida women opened up the meet with a win in the 400 medley relay (3:42.27) behind the foursome of sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), Luthersdottir, senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) and sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas). The group set the school record at the Ohio State Invite in the event in a time of 3:30.27.

·         The Gator men matched the women in the 400 medley relay, winning in a time of 3:15.09. The quartet consisted of sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand), junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain), senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and deBorde.

·         FSU women’s 200 free relay placed first with a swim of 1:32.97, but the Gators second place finish (1:33.39) clinched the meet.

·         In the 200 free relay, the Gator men rallied in the last 50 yards to overtake FSU and win the race by .10. The Florida relay group of deBorde, redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), Cieslak and Main won in 1:21.12. Main’s 50-yard anchor of 19.83 proved to overcome a near half second difference.


Gator Distance:

·         Mathieu led a first through fourth finish for UF in the 1000 free. The senior and nation’s leader in the mile, touched in a time of 9:55.24. Sophomore Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England), junior Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) and freshman Autumn Finke (Clearwater, Fla.) followed their senior teammate.

·         Omana earned his first win in the 1000 free, winning in 9:08.26. Sophomore Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) placed second with a swim of 9:16.73.



·         Sophomore Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) led a Gator 1-2 finish in the 200 free. McKnight came home in a time of 1:49.53. Russell was second in a time of 1:50.16.

·         D’Arrigo notched his first win of the meet with a win in the 200 free (1:38.36). Teammate Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) registered second in a time of 1:38.98. D’Arrigo returned to win the 500 free with a swim of 4:25.27 in front of Rousseau.

·         FSU’s Madison Jacobi won the 500 free in a time of 4:53.94, but the Gators minimized the damage by taking second, third and fourth behind the trio of Mathieu, Thielmann and freshman Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.)


Backs to the Wall:                                                

·         Beisel’s first win came in the 100 back. The two-time Olympic medalist finished in front of teammate sophomore Ashlee Linn (Sarasota, Fla.) with times of 55.60 sand 56.08, respectively. Beisel was a late addition to the 200 backstroke, and won the event out of lane 8 with an NCAA ‘B’ cut mark of 1:58.49. Linn placed second in a time of 2:00.96.

·         FSU’s Pavel Sankovich won the men’s 100 back in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 47.33. Main touched second for the Gators in 49.12. In the 200 back, Main placed first in a time of 1:47.70.


Best Breast:

·         Luthersdottir (1:02.96) won the shorter of the breaststroke events by out-touching FSU’s Sami Pochowski by .03. Luthersdottir returned to the pool to win the 200 breast in a time of 2:17.09. Beisel stepped up after her 200 back swim to take second in the 200 breast (2:18.24).

·         Junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) led a 1-2 Florida finish in the 100 breast. Elliot cranked out an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 55.01 in front of teammate Solaeche-Gomez (55.42). Solaeche-Gomez and Elliott flipped finishes in the 200 breast. Solaeche-Gomez won in 1:59.91 to Elliot’s 2:00.04.


Fast Flying:

·         FSU’s Chelsea Britt led a 1-2 finish for the Seminoles in the 200 fly. Freshman Taylor Katz (Sarasota, Fla.) was the highest Gator finisher in third and finished with a time of 2:03.62.

·         Rousseau captured the 200 fly in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:46.67.  

·         Zalewski touched first in the 100 fly before FSU’s Britt. Zalewski, the nation’s leader in the 100 fly, posted a mark of 55.51.


Sprint Home:

·         Florida State’s Kaitlyn Dressel swept the 50 free and 100 free. Dressel’s teammate Tiffany Oliver placed second in both events.

·         Hinds was the highest Gator finisher in both the 50 free and 100 free, touching the wall in 23.32 and 51.18, respectively.

·         deBorde cleaned up the sprint events. deBorde’s 50 free of 20.05 beat the NCAA ‘B’ cut line and the senior won the 100 free in a time of 44.93.


Solo Medley:

·         Omana earned his second win with a 3:54.69 in the 400 IM. With the meet in hand, the Gators delivered the second and third fastest times in the event behind senior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) and Elliott.


Diving Results from Thursday: Florida State swept both springboard events.

·         Redshirt junior Zach Hernandez (Jones Creek, Ga.) finished second on the three-meter with a total of 306.38.

·         Sophomore Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.) placed third on the one-meter with a score of 271.72.

·         Sophomore Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio) took third on the three-meter with a score of 282.23.


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