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Friday January 17, 2014Florida Notches Three Wins, Sits in Second Place After Day One of the Classic at SMU

Gainesville, Fla.

The third ranked Florida Swimming and Diving men’s delegation of eight swimmers and one diver are in second place at the Classic at SMU after tallying three individual wins on the first evening of competition. Day two will begin tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. (CT).

 

The Gators are up against top flight competition from top-ranked Michigan, sixth-ranked University of Southern California, eighth-ranked Louisville, Purdue and SMU. Seniors Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) and Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) each picked up a victory for the Orange and Blue.

 

In the 400 individual medley, Wallace set a pool record and lowered his NCAA ‘A’ cut and the nation’s fourth fastest time with a swim of 3:42.11. deBorde picked up Florida’s second individual win in as many events, touching the wall first in the 50 freestyle in 19.83. In the 100 butterfly, Cieslak came home first with a mark of 46.73.

 

Team Scores:

1 Michigan                                            175

2 Florida                                                154

3 Southern California                         149

4 Louisville                                           136.50

5 Purdue                                               116. 50

6 Southern Methodist University      106

 

Sounds Bites:

“I’m pleased with how we did on the first day. We certainly had some close races that we would have liked to have been better at. There were a lot of pretty good swims all around tonight. Connor Signorin was a bit of a surprise in how fast he went in the 400 individual medley. Dan Wallace breaking the meet record was a good way to start the evening. We feel that tomorrow is the better of the two days for us. We had some goals that we wanted to achieve this weekend that are focused on the future. We were good about those tonight. There were a couple of spots where we gave up a few points because we wanted to give some people experience in other spots.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy.

 

Relays:

·         The Gators opened the meet with a second place swim in the 400 medley relay. The quartet of sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand), junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), Cieslak and deBorde delivered a finish of 3:09.75, which was half a second off of the team’s season best set at the Ohio State Invitational.

·         To conclude the first evening of competition, the Gators registered a third place performance in the 800 free relay (6:24.62). Wallace led off and produced a 200 free split and season low of 1:35.83. Redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), senior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) and Cieslak swam the second, third and fourth leg, respectively.

 

Gator Top Finishers:

·         Rousseau stopped the clock at 1:36.02 to take fourth in the 200 free.

·         Main ended his 100 back swim in third place with a time of 47.85.

·         On the one-meter springboard, redshirt sophomore Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.) finished with a score of 278.40.

·         Junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) cranked out a third place swim in the 100 breaststroke (53.78). The junior’s time was .11 off of his season low from the Ohio State Invitational.

 

Consolation Heats:

·         In the second heat of the 400 IM, Signorin placed 2nd with a season best 3:44.95. Signorin's time qualified for the NCAA Championships last season.

·         In the second heat of the 200 free, Rousseau registered a second place swim with a mark of 48.77.

·         In the second heat of the 100 fly, deBorde touched in a time of 48.47.

·         In the second heat of the 100 breast, Elliott set his season low with a mark of 53.94.

 

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, nd 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 is 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.

 

Follow Live: Link to Live Results.

 

Schedule of Events:

Saturday:

200 Medley Relay

500 Freestyle

200 Breaststroke

200 Backstroke

Three-meter Diving

100 Freestyle

200 Butterfly

200 Individual Medley

200 Freestyle Relay

 

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