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Marcin Cieslak won Florida's 7th 200 IM NCAA Title

Thursday March 27, 2014Florida Men in the Thick of NCAA Title Race After Day 1

Gainesville, Fla.

Marcin Cieslak won Florida's 7th 200 IM NCAA Title

After the first day of competition at the 2014 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the top three teams are separated by single digits and the Florida Gator find themselves in third place after three school records and seven All-American swims. Florida has 137 points, nine behind first place Texas and eight behind second place California. Last year’s NCAA Champions, Michigan, is fourth with 109 points.


Senior Marcin Cieslak captured Florida’s 42nd NCAA title and seventh 200 individual medley championship with the fourth fastest ever swim of 1:40.58. Florida last won the event when Bradley Ally took the title in 2010. Cieslak’s time bested Ryan Lochte’s Texas Swimming Center short course pool record and was the third fastest ever swim by a Gator. Florida now owns three of the four fastest swims ever in the event.


With the victory, Cieslak becomes only the 16th Gator to win multiple NCAA Championships in his career. After securing All-American honors in his first three years of competition in the event and finishing runner up in back-to-back years, Cieslak earned his first career individual national title. Cieslak was the top seed in qualifying after posting the eighth fastest ever and UF’s then third best all-time mark of 1:41.15.


Florida put both junior Dan Wallace and freshman Mitch D’Arrigo in the championship final of the 500 freestyle. Wallace, the SEC Champion in the event, placed second in his first time swimming the event at NCAAs in a time of 4:11.62. Wallace’s finish was his highest ever at the NCAA Championships after placing third last year in the 400 individual medley.


D’Arrigo took sixth with a mark of 4:15.75 and was one of two freshmen in the field. D’Arrigo and Wallace were the second and fourth fastest in qualifying after times of 4:12.68 and 4:13.51, respectively. D’Arrigo’s swim ranked third in UF history.


Senior Brad deBorde took third in the 50 freestyle in a time of 18.98, missing the NCAA title by .03 seconds. The SEC Champion set UF’s record time of 18.86 in the splash and dash to take the top seed in qualifying. The third place finish was the highest career finish for the senior from Longwood, Fla.


The 400 medley relay team of Corey Main, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Cieslak and deBorde set UF’s school record in a time of 3:04.77. The effort pushed the Orange and Blue to second, which was the highest finish for the Gators in the race since winning the NCAA title in 1991.


The 200 free relay foursome of Sebastien Rousseau, deBorde, Main and Matt Curby broke UF’s school record in qualifying with a time of 1:16.52, which gave them the fourth seed at night. In finals the championship finals,

the same group took fifth overall with a mark of 1:16.98. deBorde delivered the fastest 50 leadoff split of 18.97.


Solaeche-Gomez notched his first All-America honor of the meet with a consolation final win in the 200 IM. Solaeche-Gomez’s swim of 1:42.67 was the sixth fastest time in UF history. The Spaniard qualified 14th with a time of 1:43.36, and earned a key nine points for the Orange and Blue with the move up.


Sounds Bites:

“I’ve never seen an NCAA Championships like this. It’s real fast. There is not much margin for error. I think a lot of those teams in those relays, you take a look at the heat sheet, and you knew it was going to take a real good one. It wasn’t like you were just going to come in and get a lane at night. We had a couple of hiccups this morning in some close spots. For the most part, this is what we thought we could do (on today’s point total). We thought me might be just a little better in the 200 IM. It would have been nice to win the 50 freestyle. Marcin was very good. Both relays, we’re not traditionally good in that first relay, and we were real pleased with our first relays.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy.


“Brad deBorde had a tough day, but he stood up real well and competed for us. He knew he was going to have to do it all along (have six swims tonight), so he came in with the mental frame knowing he had to do it. He had six swims and we’re a little slim in the speed events, so he had to go to the blocks every time. He is a real character guy. He’s a great trainer, loves to swim and is a great team guy. No real surprise, but it’s a tough one.”- Troy on deBorde’s effort.


“I was second two years ago and last year, so I’ve had enough of getting second. That was extra motivation. Every time I had a tough practice or a tough moment I remembered how bad it felt getting second to push me through it. There was a lot of things I focused on this year that maybe I wasn’t as good at in the previous years. Definitely underwater, that was a big thing for me this year. I worked on some freestyle that helped too.”- Marcin Cieslak on his NCAA title.


Gators 2014 NCAA All-America Honorees


First Team All-America (top-8)

Honorable Mention All-America (top-16)

Marcin Cieslak (2)

200 IM, 400 medley relay

Matthew Curby (1)

200 Free Relay

Mitch D’Arrigo (1)

500 free


Brad deBorde (3)

50 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay

Matt Elliott (1)

400 Medley Relay

Corey Main (2)

200 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay

Sebastien Rousseau (1)

200 Free Relay

Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (1)

400 Medley Relay

200 IM

Dan Wallace (1)

500 Free



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Records Broken:

·         Pool Records

o    Marcin Cieslak (200 IM, 1:40.58)

·         UF Records

o    Brad deBorde (50 freestyle, 18.86)

o    200 freestyle relay (1:16.52)

o    400 medley relay (3:04.77)


Gators Under Troy at NCAA:

·         1999-00: 2nd SECs; 9th NCAAs

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

·         2001-02: 2nd SECs; 4th NCAAs

·         2002-03: 2nd SECs; 6th NCAAs

·         2003-04: 2nd SECs; 6th NCAAs

·         2004-05: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2005-06: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2006-07: 2nd SECs; 4th NCAAs

·         2007-08: 2nd SECs; 8th NCAAs

·         2008-09: 2ndSECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2009-10: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2010-11: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2011-12: 2nd SECs; 8th NCAAs

·         2012-13: 1st SECs; 6th NCAAs

·         2013-14: 1st SECs;


NCAA History: The Gators last won the NCAA title in 1984. Including Cieslak’s win todays, Florida men have won a total of 42 NCAA titles (32 individual and 10 relays). Ryan Lochte ranks atop the program with seven career NCAA titles and Associate Head Coach Anthony Nesty ranks second with five career NCAA titles.


NCAA Info: Texas has created a microsite that contains all of the information you need to follow along at the NCAA Championships. For that information, please click here.


Order of Events:

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



16. 200-yard Backstroke

17. 100-yard Freestyle

18. 200-yard Breaststroke

19. 200-yard Butterfly

20. Platform

21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay



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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