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Tuesday February 25, 2014Back-to-Back: Florida Men Repeat as Southeastern Conference Champions

Gainesville, Fla.

The top-ranked Florida men won the program’s second consecutive and 35th overall Southeastern Conference Championship behind nine SEC titles at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. The program’s 35 SEC team championships ranks second amongst all sports in the history of the Southeastern Conference (Kentucky Basketball, 45).

 

The Gators finished in front of second place Auburn (1280.5) and third place Georgia (1095) with a total score of 1440. Florida was strong in all disciplines, capturing individual victories in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly,50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1650 freestyle and 200 individual medley, and relay gold’s in the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay. The Gators pulled away on the last day of competition after entering the final day up 80 only points.

 

Sebastien Rousseau was awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy for totaling the most points in the meet and was named the SEC Swimmer of the Year. Rousseau won three individual SEC titles, touching first in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 200 butterfly. Rousseau set the SEC record in the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:41.07. Rousseau becomes Florida’s 10th SEC Male Swimmer of the Year and the 12th recipient of the Commissioner’s Trophy.

 

On the women’s side, the Gators ended their conference championship in third place behind Georgia (1589) and Texas A&M (1204). Florida women won three SEC championships for the second year in a row.

 

Elizabeth Beisel was also awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy for scoring the most points the meet. Beisel captured her fourth consecutive SEC title in both the 400 individual medley and the 200 backstroke and earned the silver in the 200 individual medley. The North Kingstown, R.I., native became the fourth swimmer to win four individual SEC Championships in two different events.

 

Beisel received Florida’s 16th SEC Commissioner Trophy for scoring the most points at the meet. Beisel won it for the third year in a row, becoming only the second athlete ever to accomplish that feat (UF’s Nicole Haislett- 1991-94).

 

Sounds Bites: Head Coach Gregg Troy Video

“It is such a tremendous swim meet. It is like the NCAAs used to be from a time standpoint. Winning the first time was really great. Coming back to have the opportunity to repeat I think talks a little bit about the character of the team and the guys. What a great group of guys it is.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy on the SEC Men’s Title

 

“In this climate in here, it’s great racing fast and its always some tremendous folks to race with. I’ve got a great staff. Martyn Wilby and Anthony Nesty, Leah Stancil, Steve Jungbluth- Donnie Craine’s diver were good this weekend- have done an incredible job. We think we’ve got a lot left in the tank and we’re looking forward to next month.”- Troy.

 

Day Five of the Meet:

Elizabeth Beisel captured her fourth consecutive 200 backstroke championship in a time of 1:50.62. Beisel becomes the fourth swimmer in SEC history and the second in UF history (Nicole Haislett) to win four SEC titles in two separate events. Beisel accomplish the feat after winning her fourth career SEC title in the 400 individual medley on Thursday. Beisel ties Dara Torres with nine SEC titles for fifth all-time in the UF history books.

 

Florida men’s distance group provided UF with its ninth SEC title of the meet and third 1-2 finish in the 1650 freestyle. Arthur Frayler picked up his first SEC championship in a Florida record time of 14:38.06, and gave the Orange and Blue its first mile conference title since Brian Hartley in 2004. Frayler’s mark shattered UF’s longest standing record, Matt Celinski’s time of 14:47.26 from 1986. Freshman Mitch D’Arrigo stated his case for SEC Freshman of the Year, which will be announced with other yearly awards at a later day, by picking up his third silver medal of the meet. D’Arrigo also was under the previous UF mile record in a time of14:43.15.

 

Sinead Russell earned the silver for the second consecutive year in the 200 backstroke. The sophomore from Burlington, Ontario, Canada dropped her season best and an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:51.84.

 

Corey Main repeated as the silver medalist in the 200 backstroke, touching in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:40.99. The sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand now ranks fifth all-time in UF’s record books.

 

Natalie Hinds earned the bronze medal in the 100 freestyle after cranking out a time of 47.71. Hinds took the top spot in qualifying with a mark of 47.75, which gives her three times under the NCAA ‘A’ cut line heading into the NCAA Championships.

 

Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez threw down his second UF breaststroke record and produced his second bronze medal of the meet. Solaeche-Gomez touched in 1:52.77 in the 200 breast. Teammate Matt Elliott and previous UF record holder was fifth in a time of 1:55.01. Solaeche-Gomez’s mark was an NCAA automatic qualifying time.

 

Quotes from the Pool:

“It felt pretty good. The back half definitely hurt. I saw Mitch there the whole time with me. I knew I had to break at the end because he’s got a little more speed than me but when you win there really is no pain at the end.”- Arthur Frayler on winning the 1650 freestyle title.

 

“It's not an easy conference to win in, and I showed a little bit more emotion than I thought I was going to just because it's not easy to win four years in a row. It's a lot of relief. I'm glad it's over now.”- Elizabeth Beisel on her 200 backstroke victory.

 

Team Scores:

 Men:

1. Florida – 1440

2. Auburn- 1280.5

3. Georgia- 1095

4. Alabama- 798

5. Missouri- 742.5

6. Tennessee- 713

7. Texas A&M- 609

8. Kentucky- 532

9. LSU- 531

10. South Carolina- 491

 

Women:

1. Georgia – 1589

2. Texas A&M- 1204

3. Florida – 1130

4. Auburn- 804

5. Tennessee- 780

6. Arkansas- 572

7. LSU- 548

8. Alabama- 526

9. Missouri- 475.5

10. Kentucky- 426

11. South Carolina– 260

12. Vanderbilt – 186.5

 

Gator Distance: Florida women saved its deepest event for last, as eight Gators swam the timed final mile, including five in the top heat during the first event of the evening.

·         The Gators placed fourth, fifth, seventh, 10th, 12th and 16th in the event. Freshman Danielle Valley was the highest freshman and UF finisher in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 15:53.94. Valley’s time ranks fifth all-time in UF history.

·         Senior Alicia Mathieu, UF’s record holder in the event, took fifth in a swim of 15:58.64.  

·         Jessica Thielmann placed seventh after a season low of 16:05.10. Megan Rankin (16:20.26), Taylor Katz (16:22.58) and Jordan Smith (16:27.61) rounded out UF’s top finishers.

 

Sprint Free: Hinds took the top spot in the 100 free qualifying with a time of 47.67. Brad deBorde was Florida’s lone ‘A’ finalist in the event after notching the sixth fastest time in qualifying (42.96).

·         Senior Ellese Zalewski just missed the ‘A’ final and qualified 10th with a time of 48.73. The 100 butterfly SEC champion finished 12th overall with a mark of 48.88.

·         deBorde, the 50 free SEC champion, placed fourth after a final swim of 42.68. deBorde’s time ranks fifth all-time in UF’s record books.

·         Junior Matt Curby swam in the consolation final after a prelim mark of 43.56 and finished with a mark of 43.66.

·         Sophomore Pawel Werner qualified for the ‘C’ final with a season best time of 43.84, and improved on it to win the ‘C’ final in 43.52.

 

Backs to the Wall: UF’s duo of Beisel and Russell threw down the second and third fastest times in qualifying of the 200 backstroke, 1:53.25 and 1:53.68, respectively. A trio of Gators qualified for the championship final.

·         Beisel/Russell

·         Ashlee Linn notched a prelim time of 1:56.02 and finished 13th overall with a time of 1:55.56.

·         Carlos Omana, Corey Main and Connor Signorin qualified for the ‘A’ final with the second, third and seventh fastest times in the race, respectively. Omana’s prelim swim of 1:42.24 placed him 10th in UF’s record book. In prelims, Main touched in 1:42.29 and Signorin in 1:42.96.

·         Signorin touched in fifth with a mark of 1:43.06. Omana finished seventh overall with a time of 1:43.71.

·         Austin Manganiello registered his lifetime best of 1:44.57 in prelims, and placed 15th overall in with a mark of 1:45.21.

·         Freshman Jack Blyzinskyj continued his impressive meet after finaling in the 100 back, dropping three and a half seconds in prelims (1:45.22) to make the ‘C’ final. Blyzinskyj improved his personal best and took second in his race in 1:44.37.

 

Best Breast: Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez and Matt Elliott made the championship final of the 200 breaststroke for the Gators with the third and fourth best times in the field, respectively.

·         Hilda Luthersdottir  competed in the ‘B’ final of the 200 breast after taking ninth in prelims with a mark of 2:10.50. Luthersdottir held her place and won the consolation final in 2:09.33.

·         Solaeche-Gomez won his heat in a time of 1:54.86 and Elliott touched second in his heat with a time of 1:56.18.

·         Ricky Munch was 11th after qualifying for the ‘B’ final in a time of 1:57.95. Munch posted a mark of 1:58.25 to finish 13th overall.

 

Diving Results: Kahlia Warner notched her career best score of 248.70 on platform in a 12th place finish. Warner finished the meet with a pair of ‘A’ finals on the springboard events. Delaney Dye also scored points on platform with a five-line total of 224.30.

 

Rowdy Relays: With the team results in hand, UF showed its pride and desire to race with a pair of podium finishes in the meet-ending 400 free relay.

·         The women’s foursome of Russell, Hinds, Linn and Beisel came home in a time for 3:14.11, which gave the Gators their four medal relay and an NCAA ‘A’ cut.

·         UF men’s quartet of Rousseau, deBorde, Main and 100 butterfly champion Marcin Cieslak touched in 2:50.51 for the silver medal. All five of UF’s relays made the podium.

 

SEC Records Set:

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

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

·         Sebastien Rousseau’s 200 fly time of 1:41.07.

 

School Records Set at the Meet:

·         Brad deBorde’s 50 free time of 18.88.

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

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

·         Arthur Frayler 1650 freestyle time of 14:38.06.

·         Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez’s 100 breast time of 52.43.

·         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, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly,50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1650 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

·         Women’s 200 backstroke, 400 individual medley and 100 butterfly

 

Career SEC Wins:

Cieslak now has 12 career SEC titles (7 individual and 5 relay). In their careers, Rousseau (three relay) has six, Solaeche-Gomez four, deBorde three, Wallace two and Main, Frayler and Christian Homer have one. Beisel now has nine career SEC titles, all individual, and Zalewski has one.

 

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.

 

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