Tuesday January 7, 2014Three Gators Named SEC Swimmers of the Week Following Florida Sweep of FSU
The Southeastern Conference named senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland), junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) and freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) swimmers of the week after the Gators swept rival Florida State at the O’Connell Center on Saturday. 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 honor marked the third time this season that D’Arrigo has been named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week. Fresh off a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle at the European Short Course Championships, D’Arrigo touched first in the 200 freestyle (1:38.36) and 500 freestyle (4:25.27) against the Seminoles. D’Arrigo’s season best of 4:15.04 in the 500 free ranks third in the nation.
Omana was named SEC Male Swimmer of the Week for the first time in his career. The Miami native picked up a pair of wins, starting with the 1000 freestyle. Omana touched the wall first in a time of 9:08.26, which was eight seconds faster than teammate and the nation’s third-fastest mile swimmer Arthur Frayler. Omana closed the meet with a win in the 400 individual medley, stopping the clock at 3:54.69.
Luthersdottir, a 2012 Olympian, earned her first career SEC Female Swimmer of the Week award and the second conference award of her career after being named SEC Freshman of the Week her rookie season. The senior posted wins in both breaststroke events and swam the breaststroke leg of the first-place 400 medley relay in the Gators’ narrow victory. Luthersdottir won the shorter of the breaststroke events (1:02.96) by out-touching FSU’s Sami Pochowski by .03.
Luthersdottir’s 200 breaststroke win (2:17.09) and Elizabeth Beisel’s 200 backstroke win stopped a three-event win streak for FSU and returned the momentum to the Gators. In the opening event of the meet, she teamed with Sinead Russell, Ellese Zalewski and Natalie Hinds to win the 400 medley relay in 3:42.27. Luthersdottir’s 1:01.84 breaststroke leg was the fastest in the field.
The Gators will send a split squad to SMU to compete in a two-day invitational Jan. 17-18. The Florida women’s team and the rest of the men’s team will host FAU at the O’Connell Center at 1 p.m. Admission to all home meets is free.
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