Friday January 31, 2014Swimming and Diving to End Dual Meet Season on Road Against Tennessee
Florida Swimming and Diving will close out the regular season as the Gators head to Knoxville on Saturday to face Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee at 10 a.m. in the teams’ annual ending season dual meet. The start time will simulate the prelims start time of the SEC Championships beginning Feb. 18.
The second ranked Gators (7-0, 4-0 SEC) will look to end dual meet season without a loss for the third consecutive year. Tennessee (5-3, 3-1 SEC) men enter the meet ranked 18th in the country. The eighth ranked Florida women (5-2, 3-1 SEC) will be up against No. 12 Tennessee (7-1, 3-1 SEC). The meet will be senior day for the Volunteers.
“This week we face another good SEC opponent, and this time we travel. It is there senior day, so I think we’ll see a different level of enthusiasm from them. It is our last chance to tune up and decide exactly what we need to do in the final two weeks of preparation before the conference meet.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy
“We have two spots open (for the SEC Championship team) and there are five or six guys that are still in that scenario. You can’t pick off the events alone. They are swimming different events. It depends more on where the conference looks deep and where we think they can swim most effectively. We will leave about 10 guys home. We’re completely comfortable with those 10 as we are with the last two that we will take. As long they realize that they had the same opportunity. The ones that won’t go will go to Georgia for the Last Chance Meet. We feel like one or two of those will have the opportunity to make the NCAA meet.”-Troy on the potential to earn a place on the men’s SEC team and the process that goes into that decision.
Last Season’s Dual: Florida men topped Tennessee by a score of 208-92 last season. The Gator women beat the Volunteers 167-133 last year.
Series History: The men’s teams are split at 20-20. The Gators women lead the all-time series 26-1.
Potential Matchups to Watch:
· Senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) has been one of the key contributors this season by stepping up in the breaststroke events and registering program records in both the 100 and 200 version of the event at the midseason invitational. Luthersdottir will battle Tennessee’s Molly Hannis as both own times that rank top-10 nationally. Tennessee senior Lindsay Gendron is the reigning SEC Champion in the 200 free. Sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) currently ranks ahead of Gendron nationally and placed fifth in the event a year ago.
· Senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) will battle against Tennessee senior Sam Rairden. Cieslak and Rairden went 1-2 in the 100 butterfly at the 2013 SEC Championships. Sophomore 200 backstroke SEC silver medalist Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) will face off against bronze medalist sophomore Sean Lehane.
Men’s Dual Streak: The Gator men have gone 22 straight dual meets without dropping a dual, a record that dates back to Jan. 21, 2011.
Last Time Out: The Gators celebrated senior day with a sweep of Auburn by winning 23 of 32 events. Florida men won the meet 180-117 while the women topped the Tigers 173.5-124.5.
SEC Athletes of the Week: The Southeastern Conference named seniors Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I) and Marcin Cieslak SEC Swimmers of the Week for their performances in the Gators senior day sweep of Auburn. The honor marked the 10th time in her career, second in as many weeks and third time this season that Beisel has been recognized by the SEC for a weekly performance. Cieslak picked up his fourth career SEC weekly honor after being the men’s high point of the meet.
We’re On TV: Sun Sports will air a 60-minute show of the UF-Auburn 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.
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