Sunday January 19, 2014Florida Finishes Second, Leaves Classic at SMU with Eyes on Postseason Redemption
The third ranked Florida Swimming and Diving men’s nine person team scored five individual wins and placed second at the Classic at SMU. The Gators totaled 321 points and finished 12 points behind reigning NCAA Champion Michigan.
Sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) and junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) earned individual wins for the Orange and Blue. Main stopped the clock in the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:43.18. Solaeche-Gomez topped the field in the 200 individual medley, touching the wall in a time of 1:44.61.
Meet the Opponents: The Gators went up against top flight competition in top-ranked Michigan, sixth-ranked University of Southern California, eighth-ranked Louisville, Purdue and SMU.
What’s Next: Florida will return to competition next Saturday at 11 a.m. as SEC rival Auburn comes to the O’Connell Center.
1. Michigan 333
2. Florida 321
3. Southern California 298
4. Louisville 266.5
5. Purdue 244.5
6. Southern Methodist University 210
· Florida opened up the second day of competition with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Main, junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) came home in 1:27.50.
· The Gators concluded the meet with a second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of deBorde, Cieslak, redshirt-senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and Main were out touched by .06 by USC. The quartet threw down a time of 1:19.67.
· In the 500 freestyle, Rousseau took third with a mark of 4:20.21. Junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) won the ‘B’ final in a time of 4:17.23.
· Solaeche-Gomez ended his 200 breaststroke run in second with a mark of 1:56.42. Elliott beat the field in the ‘B’ final, cruising to a season low time of 1:54.95.
· Before Main won the ‘A’ final of the 200 back, senior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) took second in the ‘B’ final in a season low time of 1:44.60.
· deBorde grabbed a fourth place finish in the 100 free (43.93). Cieslak notched his season low of 44.26 in a second place swim in the ‘B’ final.
· Redshirt sophomore Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.) scored a 304.20 on the three-meter, which was good for fifth.
· Rousseau cranked out a second place performance in the 200 fly. Signorin delivered his second season low, taking second in the ‘B’ heat in a time of 1:47.80.
· Prior to Solaeche-Gomez’s win in the 200 IM, Wallace touched the wall first in the ‘B’ final in a season low of 1:45.95.
Special Format: The Classic at SMU featured 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 rotated 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 consisted of six optional dives on one-meter and three-meter boards.
Meet the Opponents: Florida faced 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.
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