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Friday March 21, 2014Gators Post Five All-America Swims on Day Two of NCAAs

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel captured the silver medal of the 400 individual medley and the Gators accumulated five more All-American swims and one more school record to cap the second day of competition at the NCAA Championships.

 

Florida has earned eight All-American swims and broken four school records after two days of competition and is in seventh place heading into the final day. The Gators will need to outscore Southern California by 35 points on Day 3 for a chance to break into the top-five.

 

Beisel posted her season best time in the 400 individual medley (3:58.84). The North Kingstown, R.I., native was seeded second after coasting to a 4:04.16 in prelims. Beisel finished no lower than third in her career in the event after winning the title in 2013. In addition, her swim of 3:58.84 was lower than her NCAA winning swim from a year ago.

 

The Gators group of Sinead Russell, Hilda Luthersdottir, Ellese Zalewski and Natalie Hinds finished third in the 200 medley relay in a school record time of 1:35.42. The Gators relied on a strong back half from Zalewski (22.71) and Hinds (21.29), with each split topping the field. The foursome earned the third seed heading into finals after tying the previous school record set from the midseason invite (1:35.96).

 

Zalewski placed fifth in the 100 butterfly after cranking out a time of 51.50. Zalewski entered the finals as the second seed after touching in prelims in a time of 51.22. The Melbourne, Australia native finished in the top-10 in the 100 fly for the third time in her career.

 

UF’s 800 free relay team of Russell, Beisel, Ashlee Linn and Ellese Zalewski placed eighth after notching a time of 7:03.83, which ranks ninth all-time in UF history.

 

Sounds Bites:

“A lot better of a day today. We came in this morning and swam really well this morning. We put people in position (to score). A little short in a couple of spots where we maybe could have been up one more place. A good job this morning and came back in the evening with a record in the medley relay to start the evening off. Elizabeth Beisel had a great 400 IM effort. She was a little short of winning the event, but a tremendous effort and a great swim. It puts us in a pretty good position to be a top-five team if we come in tomorrow and get the job done.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy.

 

Standings After Day One:

1.

Georgia

369

2.

Stanford

297

3.

California

285

4.

Texas A&M

226.5

5.

USC

189

6.

Tennessee

155

7.

Florida

154

8.

Texas

119

9.

Minnesota

91.5

10.

Arizona

84

 

Backs to the Wall: Russell was the top seed heading into the consolation final after just missing the ‘A’ final by .03 with a swim of 51.95. In the ‘B’ final, Russell lowered her time to 51.82 and took 10th overall after touching in second.

 

Best Breast: Luthersdottir made it back to the consolation final after cranking out the 14th fastest prelim mark of 59.93. In finals, the Icelandic native was just off of her program record and finished 12th overall after a swim of 59.65.

 

Fast Flying: Sophomore Natalie Hinds just missed making it back for a final swim and was the first alternate after just matching her season low by .01 (53.33).

 

Medley Madness: The Gators placed five swimmers along with Beisel in the top 50 of the 400 IM. Jessica Thielmann was UF’s second highest finisher in 34th after a mark of 4:13.51, followed by Linn in 37th after a season low 4:13.88, Jordan Smith in 41st after a time of 4:14.68, Danielle Valley in 48th after a time of 4:19.83 and Megan Rankin in 49th after a time of 4:19.98.

 

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

 

Order of Events:

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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