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Saturday March 22, 2014Florida Women Finish Inside Top-10 at NCAAs for 14th Consecutive Year Under Troy

Gainesville, Fla.

Four seniors wrapped up their illustrious careers as the Florida Gator Women’s Swimming and Diving team placed sixth at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Florida finished in the top-10 for the 14th consecutive season and sixth for the second consecutive year under Head Coach Gregg Troy.

The Gators amassed 15 All-American swims and broke six school records over the course of the three day meet. All five relays finished ninth or higher.

 

Elizabeth Beisel, Alicia Mathieu, Ellese Zalewski and Hilda Luthersdottir leave the Gators after a combined 49 All-American honors in four years in Gainesville. The foursome accounted for 10 of Florida’s school records.

 

Beisel, a two-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist, departs UF with 18 career All-American honors. The North Kingstown, R.I., native is also a two-time NCAA Champion are winning the 400 IM in 2013 and the 200 backstroke in 2012.

 

Zalewski picked up six more All-America honors to give her 15 for her career. Luthersdottir, a 2012 Olympian for Iceland, finished with three All-American honors, which left her with 12 for her career. Mathieu, a distance specialist, earned her fourth consecutive All-American honor in the mile.

 

Sounds Bites:

“We’re really pleased with the number of year we have been in the top-10. We’re certainly one of the most consistent programs, especially in top-six finishes. We’re fortunate enough to have won a national championship (in 2010) and are fortunate to be knocking on the door every year. I’m pleased with where we are at, but certainly felt we fell a little bit short.”- Troy on the 14th consecutive year in the top-10

 

“Really happy for the senior class. All four years in the top-10. We’re really proud how everyone raced. They represented the Gators with pride. We broke six school records and four relay records. We had tremendous swims from some individuals. I’m just proud of the character they showed and the way they went after everything.”- Troy on the meet

 

“We had a great senior class. The four of them were All-Americans all four years. Alicia Mathieu, Elizabeth Beisel, Ellese Zalewski and Hilda Luthersdottir were class acts the whole time. They did a tremendous job leading everyone. This was a great way for them to finish.”- Troy on his senior class

 

Day Three:

On the final night of competition, the Orange and Blue picked up five championship final swims. Senior Elizabeth Beisel and sophomore Sinead Russell represented the Gators in the 200 backstroke and earned a key 29 points with fifth and fourth place swims, respectively

 

Russell touched in a time of 1:51.65 for her second consecutive First-Team All-American honor in the event. The Burlington, Ontario, Canada native finished with seven All-American honors for the second consecutive year, giving her a maximum 14 honors in two years.

 

Beisel was just behind in a mark of 1:52.21. The duo made the ‘A’ final of the event for the second consecutive year. Beisel, the 2012 NCAA Champion in the event, was an ‘A’ finalist in all four years with the program.

 

Natalie Hinds broke her fifth school record of the meet with a fourth place finish in the 100 freestyle. Hinds sprinted to the wall in a time of 47.40, which was .23 faster than the school record in prelims. Hinds wrapped up her meet with six NCAA All-American honors.

 

Mathieu placed eighth overall after a mile time of 15:58.46. Mathieu is UF’s record holder with a time of 15:46.17.

 

The foursome of Ashlee Linn, Russell, Hinds and Zalewski set Florida’s school record in the 400 freestyle with a time of 3:12.44, which placed them fifth. The result was Florida’s fourth relay school record of the meet.

 

Gator Distance: Florida had seven competitors in the mile. After Mathieu, the order of finish for the Gators went as follows: Jessica Thielmann (20th, 16:11.26), Danielle Valley (25th, 16:16.44), Megan Rankin (32nd, 16:23.84), Jordan Smith (35th, 16:26.47), Taylor Katz (42nd, 16:35.81) and Taylor Roy (43rd, 16:40.90).

 

Sounds Bites:

“Elizabeth Beisel made a tremendous contribution to the team during her four years and swam a couple of tough events tonight to pick up some extra points for the team. She did a tremendous job in the racing and fell a little bit short. Maybe we bit off a little bit more than we could chew, but that’s a coaching deal and not on her. She was tremendous going onto the blocks and being on top of it.”- Troy on Elizabeth Beisel’s tough double.

 

“I think Natalie Hinds established herself as the premier sprinter at the University of Florida. When you look at some of the people that have been through school here and you look at her times, she just keeps getting better and has a tremendous future.”- Troy on Natalie Hinds’ emergence at the meet.

 

Recap of Day 2 and Day 1.

 

Final Standings:

1.

Georgia

528

2.

Stanford

402.5

3.

California

386

4.

Texas A&M

336

5.

USC

252

6.

Florida

239

7.

Tennessee

223

8.

Arizona

156

9.

Texas

144

10.

Minnesota

136.5

 

 

 

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; 6th NCAAs

 

School Records:

· Natalie Hinds: 50 free, 100 free

· 200 freestyle relay

· 400 freestyle relay

· 200 medley relay

· 400 medley relay

 

2013 NCAA All-America Honorees

Name

First-Team All-America

Honorable Mention All-America

Elizabeth Beisel (4)

400 IM, 200 Back, 800 Free Relay

200 Fly

Natalie Hinds (6)

100 Free, 400 Medley Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay

50 free, 200 Free Relay

Ashlee Linn (3)

800 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

200 Free Relay

Hilda Luthersdottir (3)

200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay

100 Breast

Alicia Mathieu (1)

1,650 Free

Lindsey McKnight (1)

200 Free Relay (prelims)

Sinead Russell (7)

200 Back, 400 Medley Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

100 Back, 200 Free Relay,

Ellese Zalewski (5)

100 Fly, 200 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

200 Free Relay

 

Follow the Gators: For all the latest on Florida swimming and diving, stay tuned to GatorZone.com. To stay connected socially, ‘like’ Florida Swimming and Diving on Facebook and follow the Gators, @GatorZoneSwimDv, on Twitter. Four seniors wrapped up their illustrious careers as the Florida Gator Women’s Swimming and Diving team placed sixth at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Florida finished in the top-10 for the 14th consecutive season and sixth for the second consecutive year under Head Coach Gregg Troy.

The Gators amassed 15 All-American swims and broke six school records over the course of the three day meet. All five relays finished ninth or higher.

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