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Wednesday February 19, 2014Florida Men Win All Three Individual Swimming Events on Day Two of SECs

Gainesville, Fla.

The top-ranked Florida men kept up the Southeastern Conference Championship momentum after winning the opening night two relays by winning all three individual swimming events on day two. The Florida program has broken two SEC records and five school records in 10 possible events so far.


Not only did the Gators win the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley to open up the second day of the meet, but the Orange and Blue secured gold in silver in both events. Junior Dan Wallace captured his first career SEC title with a 500 freestyle SEC meet and UF record time of 4:10.73. Wallace’s time bested the SEC record set in 2011 by Conor Dwyer and represented the first Gator victory in that event since Dwyer’s triumph. Freshman Mitch D’Arrigo, the top seed heading into finals, delivered UF’s third fastest all-time swim of 4:12.73 for second.


A pair of Olympic seniors led a 1-2 finish for Florida in the 200 IM. Sebastien Rousseau out-touched teammate Marcin Cieslak 1:42.22-1:42.34 for the SEC crown. The 200 IM victory represented the eighth time in the past 10 years that the Gators have won the event. Rousseau’s win marked the first time the South African has won an SEC individual gold after finishing with silver three separate times in his career.


Senior Brad deBorde became the first Florida swimmer in program history to break the 19-second barrier in the 50 freestyle en route to his second career SEC title in the event. deBorde’s win in a time of 18.88 represents the second UF win in the event in the last 21 years. The Longwood, Fla., native finished a spectacular .30 ahead of a pair of Auburn swimmers.


In the women’s meet, Elizabeth Beisel set UF’s record in the 200 individual medley (1:54.26) and beat the previous meet record in the 200 individual medley in a silver medal performance. Sophomore Natalie Hinds completed a Gator prelim sweep of the splash-and-dash and was the top seed in the 50 free after cranking out Florida’s second fastest all-time mark of 21.92. Hinds bettered that mark by .01 at night, and placed fourth overall at night with a new personal best of 21.91.


Rousseau, Wallace and deBorde’s times all are fastest in the country thus far. In addition, all seven of the above swims are automatic qualifying times for the NCAA Championships. Florida qualified seven men and seven women into the championship finals of Day Two. The Gator men held the top seed in every event after qualifying.


Sounds Bites:

“It is nice when you can win events at this meet. Those are great performances by those guys- really big time performances. It ignited the whole team. We’ve got a pretty complete group. I was really proud of Brad deBorde. The guy has come a long way since he has been here. Dan Wallace and Mitch, those 500 freestyles are 1-2 in the nation right now. Great performances. Those are the type of things we look for. Those guys in the 200 IM (Rousseau and Cieslak), both outstanding swims.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy on the day two victories.


“It was really great to win it again this year. It was just like my sophomore year, it was me surrounded by Auburn. I was glad to bring it back to Gainesville. I broke 19 for the first time, so that was a lot of fun too. It was a great win. I was inspired by my teammates today. A lot of us broke records and were involved in a lot of close races. I was just a product of my environment today.”- Brad deBorde on his 50 freestyle victory.


“My swim tonight was really good. I wasn’t expecting to go that fast. I was just interested in getting the win, going 1-2 in that event and picking up the most points in that event for our team. I was really happy when I touched the wall that Mitch and I went two, and also the time and the record.”- Dan Wallace on his 500 freestyle win


“It means a lot to me to finally get an individual win. It was really special to be on the podium with Marcin. He is always going to be there and be pushing me. We do that in practice, and I knew that it was going to be like that in the race. It just comes down to the day. I got my hand on the wall this time.”- Sebastien Rousseau on winning the 200 IM


“I think it is all of the things I have learned from other people, like Conor Dwyer and the Frasers (Brett and Shaune). Just working with those kind of guys makes you know what to expect when you come to meet like SECs. I wanted to perform for the team and give them something to get excited about and build off of.”- Rousseau on winning his first individual SEC title


Team Standings: Following 15 events, the Gators are in second place in both meets. Florida men faced a similar deficit heading into last year’s third day of competition before winning the meet.


1. Auburn – 574

2. Florida - 451.5

3. Georgia- 414

4. Texas A&M – 296

5. Tennessee- 289

6. Alabama- 285

7. Missouri- 266

8. South Carolina- 251

9. Kentucky- 239

10. LSU- 208.5



1. Georgia – 577

2. Florida – 421

3. Texas A&M- 417

4. Tennessee- 312

5. Arkansas- 217

6. Missouri – 199

7. LSU- 191

8. Alabama- 183

9. Auburn- 181

10. Kentucky- 156

11. South Carolina– 109

12. Vanderbilt – 94


Mid-Distance: The Gator women earned seven night swims in the 500 freestyle, with two in the ‘A’ final, three in the ‘B’ final and two in the ‘C’ final. UF men matched the women with three in the ‘A’ final, two in the ‘B’ final and two in the ‘C’ final.

·         Jessica Thielmann and Danielle Valley swam in the championship final after earning the seventh and eighth best times in prelims, respectively, and provided the Gators with 46 points. Thielmann finished eighth with a time of 4:41.89 after going a season low 4:40.58 in prelims. Valley placed sixth with a collegiate best mark of 4:39.00, which ranks seventh all-time in Florida’s record books.

·         Alicia Mathieu, Megan Rankin and Taylor Roy competed in the consolation final and combined to score 40 points. Mathieu matched her prelim time in the finals (4:41.40) and placed third. Rankin qualified with a prelim time of 4:43.86 and went 4:44.69 in finals. Roy made the ‘B’ final with a time of 4:46.01.

·         Taylor Katz and Jordan Smith combined to score eight points for the Gators in the ‘C’ final. Katz placed third in the race with a collegiate best swim of 4:44.10. Smith’s time of 4:46.76 was a season best.

·         D’Arrigo earned the top seed in the 500 free with an NCAA automatic qualifying time and then UF’s third best all-time mark of 4:14.33. Wallace garnered the second overall seed heading into finals with a time of 4:16.25, and Arthur Frayler delivered the fifth fastest qualifying time (4:17.45) to put three Gators in the ‘A’ final. Frayler finished the seventh in a time of 4:18.17.

·         Carlos Omana and Ryan Rosenbaum competed for the Orange and Blue in the ‘B’ final. Rosenbaum posted a career best of 4:21.86 in prelims and ended in 15th place in a time of 4:23.03. Omana was the 11th seed heading into finals after a time of 4:20.79 and finished there in finals with a season best of 4:19.91.

·         Adam Bull and Austin Manganiello competed in the ‘C’ final. Bull and Manganiello qualified with marks of 4:22.43 and 4:22.84, respectively. Manganiello took third with a personal best 4:20.21 at night. Bull finished with a season low 4:21.84.


Medley Madness: The Orange and Blue placed three in the ‘A’ final and one in the ‘B’ final of the 200 IM. UF men mirrored the women, except instead of a swimmer in the ‘B’ final, had a swimmer in the ‘C’ final.

·         Beisel was the number two qualifier with a prelim and NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:55.46. Joining Beisel in the championship final were sophomores Ashlee Linn (1:57.97) and Lindsey McKnight (1:58.64). After Beisel’s silver, McKnight took sixth in 1:58.61 and Linn eighth in 1:58.70.

·         Hilda Luthersdottir was the lone consolation finalist for the Gators after a prelim swim of 1:59.40. The Icelandic Olympian posted a 1:58.28 for an 11th place finish.

·         Cieslak, Rousseau and Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez made up three of the top four qualifiers in the 200 IM. Rousseau’s prelim time of 1:42.58 ranked tops in the nation after the morning and put him fifth in UF’s record books. Cieslak went 1:43.38 in prelims for second, while Solaeche-Gomez registered a career best of 1:43.86.

·         In finals, Soleache-Gomez finished with an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:43.24. Rousseau moved up to fourth best all-time in UF’s history (1:42.22) and Solaeche-Gomez moved fifth all-time in UF’s history (1:43.24). Cieslak’s personal best of 1:41.45 remains third in the program’s annals.

·         Matt Curby competed for UF in the ‘C’ final after a prelim swim of 1:46.84. Curby won his final with a season best of 1:44.64.



·         deBorde set the then UF record in the 50 freestyle in prelims (19.05) en route to clinching the top seed.

·         Hinds placed fourth in the event after besting her prelim swim by .01. Her time of 21.91 stands as the new second fastest in UF history.

·         Ellese Zalewski made the ‘A’ final with the seventh fastest qualifying time of 22.25. The senior Australian finished  eighth with a time of 22.30.


Free Relay:

·         Needing an NCAA ‘A’ cut to swim the 200 freestyle relay at NCAA’s, the foursome of deBorde, Corey Main, Pawel Werner and Curby registered the second fastest time in UF history (1:16.88), and earned the necessary qualifying mark.

·         The women’s quartet of Zalewski, Sinead Russell, McKnight and Hinds placed fifth with an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:28.70.


Diving Results: The men competed on the one-meter. Chris Jones (276.75) and Zach Hernandez (270.00) both scored points for UF.


SEC Records Set:

·         Men’s 800 freestyle relay mark of 6:13.03.

·         Dan Wallace’s 500 free time of 4:10.73.


School Records Set at the Meet:

·         deBorde’s 50 free time of 18.88.

·         Wallace’s 500 free time of 4:10.73.

·         Beisel’s 200 IM time of 1:54.26.

·         Men’s 800 freestyle relay mark of 6:13.03.

·         Men’s 200 medley relay time of 1:24.53.


SEC Titles:

·         Men’s 200 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle


Career SEC Wins:

With the pair of victories on day one, Cieslak now has 11 career SEC titles (6 individual and 5 relay). In their careers, Rousseau (three relay) and Solaeche-Gomez each have four, deBorde has three and Wallace two. The conference championship was the first for Main and Homer.


Follow Live: Streaming will be available during Friday's and Saturday's finals on ESPN3. Finals for the first three days will be streamed on No prelims will be streamed on any day.


SEC Info: For information, record book and applicable links on SEC Swimming and Diving, please head to the SEC's Website.


We’re On TV: The men's 90-minute highlight show will air March 3 at 4 p.m. The women's show will air March 4 at 5:30 p.m. Each will be broadcast on ESPNU.


Order of Events:

Thursday, Feb. 20

 400 IM (prelims)-- 10 a.m.

 100 Fly (prelims)

 200 Free (prelims)

 Diving: Women’s 3-meter (prelims) -- 1 p.m.

 400 IM (finals) -- 6 p.m.

 100 Fly (finals)

 Diving: Women’s 3-meter (finals)

 200 Free (finals)


Friday, Feb. 21

 200 Fly (prelims) -- 10 a.m.

 100 Back (prelims)

 100 Breast (prelims)

 Diving: Men’s Platform (prelims) -- 1 p.m.

 200 Fly (Finals) -- 6 p.m.

 100 Back (Finals)

 100 Breast (Finals)

 Diving: Men’s Platform (finals)

 400 Medley Relay (finals)


Saturday, Feb. 22

 100 Free (prelims) -- 10 a.m.

 200 Back (prelims)

 200 Breast (prelims)

 Diving: Women’s Platform (prelims) -- 1 p.m.

 1650 Free (prelims) -- 4 p.m.

 1650 Free (finals) -- 6 p.m.

 100 Free (finals)

 200 Back (finals)

 200 Breast (finals)

 Diving: Women’s Platform (finals)

 400 Free Relay (finals)


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