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Two-time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel is competing in her last meet as a Gator

Wednesday March 19, 2014Florida Women Look to Cap Season with Successful NCAA Championships

Gainesville, Fla.

Two-time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel is competing in her last meet as a Gator

Florida’s group of 14 swimmers will begin competition at the three-day NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., tomorrow. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. (CT) and finals will start at 7 p.m. (CT).

 

The Gators are seeking their 13th consecutive top-10 finish under Head Coach Gregg Troy. The Orange and Blue are led in the water by their four seniors, including two-time NCAA Champion Elizabeth Beisel.

 

Sounds Bites:

“We have a nice blend of experience. We have four seniors that have all been there four years in a row and then two freshmen that could both be key players. We also have some people in between that this will be their first time at the meet. It is a good competition for us from that standpoint. We feel very good about what we have qualified because we can cover all of the events. Hopefully that can stand up and we’ll be ready to go.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy.

 

“We felt all along that we had a better NCAA team (than a conference team). We can swim all of the relays. We have some very good individual athletes and we’ve played a little bit with events to maximize our roster. Elizabeth Beisel is going to swim some different events than what she has before because we think we can score a few more points that way. Our athletes are a confident group. They’ve been there before and raced. There is one thing we are certain of. They will give it their all and be eyeball to eyeball with folks, and that’s what we’re looking for.”- Troy

 

Click here to watch Coach Troy’s entire press conference heading into NCAAs.

 

Returning NCAA All-Americans: Florida returns nine All-American athletes and 33 of last year’s 35 NCAA All-American swims (top-16). The four-person senior class returns 35 All-America honors between them.

·         Beisel leads all Gators with 14-All American honors. Seniors Hilda Luthersdottir and Ellese Zalewski each have nine apiece. Senior distance specialist Alicia Mathieu has placed in the top-16 in the mile all three years, finishing as high as fifth last year.

·         The sophomore duo of Sinead Russell and Natalie Hinds collected seven honors apiece in their NCAA debut. Fellow sophomores Jessica Thielmann, Lindsey McKnight and Ashlee Linn chipped in four honors in their rookie campaigns.

 

Newcomers: Florida will have five swimmers making their NCAA debut.

·         Freshmen and Florida natives Danielle Valley and Taylor Katz enter the meet after both placing in the top-eight at the SEC Championships.

·         Sophomores Taylor Roy and Megan Rankin team up with Valley, Mathieu and Thielmann to make one of the top distance groups in the nation. All five swimmers scored in the top-16 at the conference meet.

·         Junior Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) is making her NCAA debut in her third season with the Gators. Smith has improved each season and was the last Gator to qualify after improving her season best in the 400 IM at the Last Chance Meet.

 

Last Season’s Meet:

·         Florida finished sixth with 311 points at the 2013 NCAA meet in Indianapolis, Ind.

·         The Gators amassed 35 All-America honors over the three-day meet, one NCAA title, three school records and finished in the top-10 for the 12th consecutive year.

·         Beisel won her second career NCAA title and her first in the 400 IM.

 

Last Year’s Top-10 Standings:

1.

Georgia

477

2.

California

393

3.

Tennessee

325.5

4.

Texas A&M

323.5

5.

Arizona

311

6.

FLORIDA

305

7.

Southern California

291

8.

Stanford

246

9.

Texas

186

10.

Minnesota

141

 

Gators Under Troy at NCAA: The Florida women last won the NCAA title in 2010, the first national championship for UF under Troy. During Troy’s tenure, the Gators have amassed 29 national titles.

·         1998-99: 4th SECs; 8th NCAAs

·         1999-00: 3rd SECs; 19th NCAAs

·         2000-01: 3rd SECs; 8th NCAAs

·         2001-02: 1st SECs; 7th NCAAs

·         2002-03: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2003-04: 3rd SECs; 4th NCAAs

·         2004-05: 3rd SECs; 4th NCAAs

·         2005-06: 3rd SECs; 10th NCAAs

·         2006-07: 3rd SECs; 7th NCAAs

·         2007-08: 2nd SECs; 6th NCAAs

·         2008-09: 1st SECs; 7th NCAAs

·         2009-10: 2nd SECs; 1st NCAAs

·         2010-11: 2nd SECs; 7th NCAAs

·         2011-12: 3rd SECs; 10th NCAAs

·         2012-13: 3rd SECs; 6th NCAAs

·         2013-14: 3rd SECs;

 

Individual NCAA History: Florida women have captured 89 NCAA titles. Of the 89, 69 were individual titles and 20 were relay titles.

 

NCAA Info: For all information about the meet including where and how to watch, please click here.

 

Order of Events:

TRIALS – THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (11 a.m.)

1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay

2. 500-yard Freestyle

3. 200-yard Individual Medley

4. 50-yard Freestyle

5. One-meter Diving

6. 400-yard Medley Relay

 

FINALS – THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (7 p.m.)

1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay

2. 500-yard Freestyle

3. 200-yard Individual Medley

4. 50-yard Freestyle

5. One-meter Diving—Finals*

6. 400-yard Medley Relay

 

TRIALS – FRIDAY, MARCH 21 (11 a.m.)

7. 200-yard Medley Relay

8. 400-yard Individual Medley

9. 100-yard Butterfly

10. 200-yard Freestyle

11. 100-yard Breaststroke

12. 100-yard Backstroke

13. Three-meter Diving

14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay—All but last two heats of time finals

 

FINALS – FRIDAY, MARCH 21 (7 p.m.)

7. 200-yard Medley Relay

8. 400-yard Individual Medley

9. 100-yard Butterfly

10. 200-yard Freestyle

11. 100-yard Breaststroke

12. 100-yard Backstroke

13. Three-meter Diving—Finals*

14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay—Last two heats of time finals

 

TRIALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (11 a.m.)

16. 200-yard Backstroke

17. 100-yard Freestyle

18. 200-yard Breaststroke

19. 200-yard Butterfly

20. Platform

21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay

 

FINALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (7 p.m.)

15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—Last heat of time finals

16. 200-yard Backstroke

17. 100-yard Freestyle

18. 200-yard Breaststroke

19. 200-yard Butterfly

20. Platform Diving—Finals*

21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay

 

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