Saturday January 25, 2014Florida Swimming and Diving Sweeps SEC Rival Auburn on Senior Day
The second ranked Florida men (7-0, 4-0 SEC) and eighth ranked Florida women (5-2, 3-1 SEC) relied on the 2014 senior class to sweep No. 10 Auburn men (2-3, 1-0 SEC) and No. 12 Auburn women (3-2, 1-1 SEC) in front of an overflow crowd at the O’Connell Center on Saturday. Florida men won the meet 180-117 while the women topped the Tigers 173.5-124.5.
UF women won 12 of 16 events, including a split of the relays and a sweep of the diving events. The Gator men won 11 events and swept both relays. Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) paced the women with a trio of wins in the 200 backstroke (1:55.21), 200 butterfly (1:57.82) and 200 individual medley (1:59.20). All three of Beisel’s swims broke the NCAA ‘B’ standard. Senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) led the men and had his hand in four wins, touching first in the 100 fly (47.68) and 200 freestyle (1:36.92) and swimming on the first place 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.
The Gator distance group proved to be the difference maker as the unit swept both the men’s and women’s 500 free and 1000 free. Sophomores Ryan Rosenbaum (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) recorded the country’s two fastest times this year in the 1000 free, 9:02.19 and 9:02.22, respectively. In diving, sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) posted a pair of wins on one-meter (304.42) and three-meter (320.10).
With the meet in hand, the Gators capped off senior day with both a women’s and men’s comeback in the 400 freestyle. Both senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) sent the crowd to their feet by overcoming deficits in the final 100 yards.
“This group has had a huge impact on the program. You could see today the number of events that the senior class won. They instilled in the whole group the expectation that you are going to put your hand on the wall first. If you aren’t, you’re going to race really tough to make other people beat you. It has become contagious in our program and is a tribute to the way they have competed in their four years here.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy on the senior class.
“We raced well. We had a fantastic atmosphere with a packed house for senior day. It was great for the seniors to have a big crowd here for their last time. All of them swam well and took a lot of pride in what they did. There were a lot of close races against a good opponent. It was a great way to finish off a dual meet season.”- Troy on the senior day atmosphere
“There were some real close relays, especially at the end when you had two seniors anchoring victories on both the men’s and women’s relays. The meet was over at that point and it could have been anticlimactic, but we swam the races to win. To get a little bit behind on the last fifty yards and come back for the win shows a lot of character.”- Troy on the Gators pulling out wins in the 400 freestyle relay
“A lot of emotions. I started off crying when we saw all of the pictures. I ended up smiling because we won. It was a great day. It’s so cool that a lot of people came out for us. It means a lot to all of us. I think today was a good marker for where we are because we’re not rested, but we’re also not really tired. Going into SEC’s, we know where we are and what we need to do. It was a good meet for us today.”- Senior Elizabeth Beisel on the meet today and the atmosphere
“For the guys, we’re very close with each other. Today we did a great job as a team to get the win. Celebrating with the team at the end was a super emotional moment for me. I’m going to miss all of this a lot.”- Senior Marcin Cieslak on his last time competing at home
Series History: All-time in dual meets with Auburn, Florida men hold a 19-15 lead and Florida women hold an 18-14.
Men’s Dual Streak: The Gator men have now gone 22 straight dual meets without dropping a dual, a record that dates back to Jan. 21, 2011. Auburn defeated UF that day by a margin of 167-133.
We’re On TV: Sun Sports will air a 60-minute show of the meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2. The meet will air again that same Sunday at 9:30 p.m. and the following Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9:30 a.m.
What’s Next: The Gators competed in the third of four duals in the final tune up before the start of the Southeastern Conference Championships on Feb. 18. Florida returns to action next weekend as the Gators head to Knoxville, Tenn., for the season ending dual against Tennessee.
· The men’s 200 medley relay team of sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, Australia), junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), Cieslak and senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) won in a time of 1:28.00.
· Senior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) led a first through fourth finish in the 1000 freestyle, coming home in a time of 9:47.83.
· Sophomore Lindsey McKnight (Coral Spring, Fla.) took first in the 200 free in a time of 1:48.92.
· After Cieslak in the 200 free, sophomore Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) and junior Matt Thompson (Seminole, Fla.) registered NCAA ‘B’ cuts times of 1:36.97 and 1:37.64, respectively. Werner went on to finish second in the 100 free in his second NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 44.21.
· The 100 back witnessed four NCAA ‘B’ cuts, two from the Gators’ Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) and sophomore Ashlee Linn (Sarasota, Fla.).
· Freshman Jack Blyzinskyj (Weston, Mass.) out touched Main 47.57 to 47.69 for a win in the 100 back. Both times were NCAA ‘B’ cuts. Blyzinskyj’s time was a career low.
· Senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 stroke in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:02.45.
· Junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) topped his teammate Elliott 54.54 to 55.06 in the 100 breast. The duo flipped results in the 200 breast with Elliott winning in 1:57.57 to Solaeche-Gomez’s 1:57.88. All four times beat the NCAA ‘B’ cut. Solaeche-Gomez earned his second win of the day with an NCAA ‘B’ cut 200 IM swim of 1:46.86.
· Rousseau earned a win in the 200 fly in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:45.51.
· Sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) outsprint a trio of Tigers, winning the 50 free in an NCAA ‘B’ cut of 22.65.
· Senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) finished second in the 50 free in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 19.84. deBorde notched his second NCAA ‘B’ cut of the meet in the 100 free (44.28).
· Freshman Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.) stopped the clock in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 4:47.74 in the 500 free. Valley led a first through fourth finish in the event. Mathieu came in second in 4:51.37.
· Freshman Mitch D’Arrigo (Rome, Italy) and sophomore Austin Manganiello (Miami, Fla.) placed 1-2 in the 500 free with NCAA ‘B’ cuts of 4:21.86 and 4:24.34, respectively.
· The women’s 400 free relay quartet of Russell, Hinds, McKnight and Zalewski touched in 3:19.92 for the win. Zalewski delivered a 50.33 anchor split to hold off Auburn.
· The men’s 400 relay squad of Cieslak, deBorde, Main and Rousseau clocked in at 2:56.19, beating Auburn by .11. Rousseau threw down a 45.00 on the anchor.
Senior Class: The Gators 2014 senior class totals 13 and consists of four Olympians. The class has captured five individual NCAA Championships and has racked up 81 All-American honors in three years of competition.
· Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) is a two-time Olympic medalist, World Champion, two-time NCAA Champion and 14-time All-American. Beisel was named the SEC Female Recipient of the Commissioner’s Trophy for accumulating the highest point total at the conference championships the past two seasons and has tallied seven SEC individual championships. She became just the 11th student-athlete in Florida history to be named Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and was selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic At-Large First Team, becoming the second Gator to be named to the first team twice.
· Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) is a 2012 Olympian, 18-time All-American and eight-time SEC Champion. Cieslak has been one of the SEC’s top swimmers since arriving in Gainesville, earning the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy for scoring the most points at the 2012 SEC Championships, winning the 2013 800 freestyle relay NCAA Championship and placing in the top-three in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley the past two seasons at the NCAA Championships.
· Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) is a two-time Olympian, two-time NCAA Champion and 10-time All-American. Rousseau was named the 2013 US Open High Point of the Meet and is a two-time Olympic and World Championship finalist. He was a member of the 2011 and 2013 800 freestyle NCAA title.
· Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) is a 14-time All-American and is UF’s record holder in the 50 freestyle. deBorde has served as one of the team’s leaders on and off the pool deck. The 2012 50 freestyle SEC Champion is a two-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America two-time Scholar All-American.
· Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) is a 2012 Olympian and nine-time All-American. Luthersdottir has taken her swimming to the next level this season, most recently setting two school records in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke at the midseason invitational. Luthersdottir made the semi-finals in two events at the 2013 World Championships.
· Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) is a three-time All-American in the mile and has cemented herself as the top 1650 freestylist in UF history after breaking a 25-year old school record at the midseason invitational. Mathieu will look to improve upon her fifth place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships in the mile and currently boasts the fastest time in the country.
· Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) is a four-time All-American and one of this year’s men’s captains. Signorin boasts three Florida all-time top-10 marks and has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll the past two seasons.
· Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) is a nine-time All-American and is poised for her best collegiate season after setting the UF 100 butterfly team record at the midseason invitational. Zalewski finished in the top-four in two events and grabbed the second most All-America honors on the team with six at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
· Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) is a two-time All-American as a contributor on relays and an individual SEC scorer. Her contributions on the Gator’s 200 free relay and 400 free relay stand as top-10 times in UF history.
· Chris Jones (Palm City, Fla.) has been Florida’s highest finishing diver for the past two seasons at the SEC Championships. He tallied his career best on the platform, 327.65, in a top-eight performance at the 2013 NCAA Zone Diving Championships.
· Jamie Applefield (Seminole, Fla.) is a diver that has been a positive influence on the Gator program, registering the most community service hours on the team this year. This diver will leave UF with career best scores of 259.67 on the one-meter springboard and 246.68 on the three-meter springboard.
· Levar Goosen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) has improved in the sprint events and in the 100 butterfly since stepping on campus in 2009. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll his sophomore season.
· James Pompi (Port Orange, Fla.) is a two-year diver with the Gators, and has seen his scores increase after coming to UF. He set his career best on both the one-meter and three-meter springboards this season in dual meets.
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