Thursday January 16, 2014Florida Men's Swimming and Diving Will Send Nine to Dallas for Matchup of Four Top-Eight Teams
The third ranked Florida men will send eight swimmers and one diver to compete at the two-day Classic at Southern Methodist University beginning on Friday. The meet will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. (CT).
The Gators will face stiff competition from top-ranked Michigan, sixth-ranked University of Southern California, eighth-ranked Louisville, Purdue and SMU. Florida is bringing a lineup that suits the two-day format and will use the meet as a measuring stick with the SEC Championships only one month away.
UF will be represented by redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), seniors Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.), Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland), Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), redshirt sophomore diver Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.), juniors Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) and Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) and sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand).
Sounds Bites: “We’re going to a very good meet in Dallas. There is a lot of tradition there. It is a unique facility because it used to be their basketball coliseum and they put a pool in it the 1950’s. There are a lot of good teams. It gives us a chance to see our athletes in a controlled setting, which is a little bit similar to the NCAA Championships at the end of the year.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy
“The men in Dallas will swim some of the events that they are better at. A guy like Sebastien Rousseau, because it is only two days, may not swim exactly the same events that he will swim at the end of the year. But we are certainly looking at events that we consider to be our strong ones.”- Troy
Special Format: The Classic at SMU will feature a unique meet format.
· A swimmer may swim three events per day, but one of those must be a relay.
· Each team enters one swimmer per heat, and the best swimmer must be in the championship heat.
· The total squad can only bring eight swimmers and one diver.
· There is only one championship heat for relays.
· The consolation heat will take place before the championship heat.
· Lane positions will rotate after each event.
· Scoring is as follows:
o Individual: 16-13-12-11-10-9-7-5-4-3-2-1
o Relays: 24-20-18-16-14-12
· Diving will consist of six optional dives on one-meter and three-meter boards.
Meet the Opponents: Florida will be facing off against four teams that finished in the top-25 at last year’s NCAA Championships and host SMU. Michigan is the reigning NCAA Champion after finishing with 480 team points. Southern California finished fourth with 289 points, which narrowly topped sixth place Florida’s 285.5 points. Louisville placed 11th with 93 points and Purdue finished 25th with 26 points.
Last Year’s Meet: The Gators finished third with 318 points behind Southern California’s 330 points and Michigan’s 327 points. Rousseau picked up wins in the 400 individual medley, 500 freestyle and 200 fly. Cieslak touched the wall first in the 100 fly. Elliott scored a win in the 200 breaststroke.
Gators Ranked Nationally in the Top-Five:
· Mitch D’Arrigo- 500 freestyle (5th-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- 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)
Last Time Out: After a six-week break from competition, UF men (5-0, 3-0 SEC) defeated No. 16 FSU (3-1) by a score of 180-118. Florida men led from start to finish, winning all of the freestyle, breaststroke and relay events. deBorde 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. Omana and D’Arrigo were honored by the conference as SEC Male Swimmer of the Week and SEC Freshman Male of the Week, respectively.
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Schedule of Events:
400 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
800 Freestyle Relay
200 Medley Relay
200 Individual Medley
200 Freestyle Relay
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