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Marcin Cieslak was the High Point of the Meet after winning two NCAA titles and earnning one silver medal.

Saturday March 29, 2014Florida Men Finish Third at NCAA Championships; Record Highest Finish in 23 Years

Gainesville, Fla.

Marcin Cieslak was the High Point of the Meet after winning two NCAA titles and earnning one silver medal.

The Florida Gators tallied two national titles, set seven school records and ended the NCAA Championships in third place with 387 points, representing the highest finish for the Orange and Blue since UF also took third in 1991. The finish also represented the highest Florida men have ever finished in the 15 years under Head Coach Gregg Troy’s tutelage.

 

Since Troy took over the men’s team before the 1999-2000 season, the Gators have scored a top-10 finish every year. Florida had 13 different swimmers earn a combined 45 NCAA All-American honors to match the most for the program at a single NCAA meet since 2007. The final point total of 387 was the most all time for Florida at NCAAs.

 

The four-man senior class of Marcin Cieslak, Sebastien Rousseau, Brad deBorde and Connor Signorin leave Florida with back-to-back SEC Championships, four NCAA titles and 63 All-American Honors.

 

California won the team title with 468.5 points, followed by Texas with 417.5 and UF. The Gators finished in front of 2013 champion Michigan by 77 points.

 

Cieslak was the High Point of the Meet with 57 individual points after tallying NCAA titles in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly and a second place finish in the 200 butterfly. After totaling a maximum seven this meet, the Warsaw, Poland native finishes his career with 25 All-American honors, which ranks him third all-time in UF history, and three NCAA titles, which makes him only the 10th Gator with three NCAA titles.

 

deBorde totaled 20 All-American honors in his career, becoming Florida’s ninth ever swimmer with 20 top-16 or better swims. Rousseau finishes his career with 14 All-America honors.

 

Florida junior Dan Wallace scored second place finishes in the 400 IM and 500 free. The 800 free relay team of freshman Mitch D’Arrigo, Cieslak, Rousseau and Wallace and the 400 medley relay team of sophomore Corey Main, junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Cieslak and deBorde also brought home silver medals.

 

Sound Bites:

“It was six tough sessions. You’ve got to get up and go all of the time. I’m really proud of how the guys stuck with it and raced. No quit in them. A lot of character. Tremendous representation of Gator Nation the way they went up to the well every time.”- Troy

 

“We talked a little bit today with the guys that we were probably going to end up third. They came in and we swam well again this evening. It’s always a little bit bittersweet when you fall short of some of your goals, but we had an undefeated season and I can’t tell you how many school records we broke. Tremendous four years for some seniors that were All-Americans year in and year out. Third place at the NCAA meet, while it might be a little shy of what we thought we could do, conference champions in the best conference in the country and to finish up third, it’s a great season. We have to be proud of that.”- Troy

 

Gregg Troy Press Conference

 

Day Three:

Cieslak placed second in the 200 fly for his third career top-three finish in the event. Cieslak touched in a new UF record time of 1:40.19, which is also the fifth fastest time ever recorded. Cieslak scored a total of 57 individual points at the meet after winning the 200 IM on day one and the 100 fly on day two.

 

Gator Distance: Florida showed that its future in the distance group is bright as sophomore Arthur Frayler and freshman Mitch D’Arrigo earned top-eight swims in the mile after posting the programs two fastest times at SECs. Frayler earned his first All-America honor with a bronze medal swim of 14:43.08. D’Arrigo placed in the top-eight in all three of his individual meets and finished seventh in the mile with a mark of 14:47.36. The newcomer from Rome, Italy was the highest finishing freshman in two of his three events.

 

Relay Madness: The Gators 400 free relay team of deBorde, Main, Cieslak and deBorde finished seventh after a swim of 2:52.13.

 

Fast Flying: Rousseau finished eighth in the 200 fly with a mark of 1:44.34 after posting a time of 1:43.09 in prelims. The Cape Town, South Africa native was the SEC Swimmer of the Year and SEC High Point of the Meet, and ends his career with two career national titles.

 

Sprint Free: In his final individual event as a Gator, deBorde went all out in prelims of the 100 freestyle and made the championship final with a school record swim of 42.18. The senior from Longwood, Fla., earned his first career All-America honor in the event with an eighth place finish after a time of 42.82.

 

Best Breast: Juniors Matt Elliott and Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez finished 1-2 in the consolation finals of the 200 breaststroke with times of 1:53.30 and 1:53.35, respectively. The duo each collected All-America honors in both breaststroke events. Elliott’s time of 1:53.30 improves him to second all-time in UF, one spot behind Solaeche-Gomez’s mark of 1:52.77 from SECs.

 

Backs to the Wall: Sophomore Corey Main made the ‘B’ final of the 200 backstroke after notching UF’s fifth fastest all-time mark of 1:40.82 in prelims. Main placed 16th overall after a finals time of 1:42.59.

 

Day 1 Recap

Day 2 Recap

 

Gators 2014 NCAA All-America Honorees

Swimmer

First Team All-America (top-8)

Honorable Mention All-America (top-16)

Jack Blyzinskyj (1)

 

100 Back

Marcin Cieslak (7)

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

Matthew Curby (2)

200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

Mitch D’Arrigo (4)

200 Free, 500 Free, 1650 Free 800 Free Relay

 

Brad deBorde (6)

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

Matt Elliott (4)

400 Medley Relay

400 IM, 100 Breast, 200 Breast

Arthur Frayler (1)

1650 Free

 

Christian-Paul Homer (1)

200 Medley Relay

 

Corey Main (4)

200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay

200 Back

Sebastien Rousseau (4)

200 Fly, 200 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay

400 IM

Connor Signorin (1)

 

400 IM

Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (5)

200 Medley Relay ,400 Medley Relay

200 IM, 100 Breast, 200 Breast

Dan Wallace (3)

500 Free, 400 IM, 800 Free Relay

 

 

Top-10 Standings:

1.

California

468.5

2.

Texas

417.5

3.

FLORIDA

387

4.

Michigan

310

5.

Georgia

259

6.

Auburn

230

7.

Arizona

198.5

8.

Southern Cal

182

9.

Stanford

155

10.

Indiana

141

 

Records Broken:

·         Pool Records

o    Marcin Cieslak (200 IM, 1:40.58)

·         UF Records

o    Brad deBorde (50 freestyle, 18.86; 100 freestyle, 42.18)

o    Marcin Cieslak (100 fly, 44.87; 200 fly, 1:40.19)

o    Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (100 breast, 52.35)

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; 3rd NCAAs

 

NCAA History: The Gators last won the NCAA title in 1984. Including Marcin Cieslak’s victories, Florida men have won a total of 43 NCAA titles (33 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.

 

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