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The Gator men earned Coach of the Year, Swimmer of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.

Thursday April 10, 2014Men's Swimming Sweeps Southeastern Conference Yearly Awards

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gator men earned Coach of the Year, Swimmer of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.

Florida Head Swimming and Diving Coach Gregg Troy and swimmers Marcin Cieslak, Brad deBorde and Mitch D’Arrigo were all recognized by the Southeastern Conference for seasonal awards.   


Troy was named the SEC Men’s Coach of the Year for the second year in a row after UF brought home its second consecutive and 35th overall Southeastern Conference Championship behind nine SEC titles. Troy was awarded the conference’s Coach of the Year award for the sixth time in his career.


At the NCAA Championships, Florida tallied two national titles and finished in third place with 387 points, representing the highest finish for the Orange and Blue in 23 years. Since Troy took over the men’s team before the 1999-2000 season, the Gators have scored a top-10 finish at the national meet every year. During the 2013-14 season, Florida men set 12 of a possible 18 school records.


“It is always an honor when you are in that type of situation,” Troy said. “The real tribute is to the staff. We have a fantastic staff- assistant coaches (Anthony Nesty, Martyn Wilby, Steve Jungbluth and Leah Martindale-Stancil), diving coach (Donnie Craine), trainers (Tommy Stich) and strength coach (Matt DeLancey), You put a great staff like that together with some fantastic athletes you get some great results. I’m really happy for everyone involved in the program and thank them for all their help in the special year that we had.”


A senior from Warsaw, Poland, Cieslak becomes Florida’s 1 0th SEC Male Swimmer of the Year and the first since the SEC changed seasonal awards to a voting process done at the conclusion of the season. Cieslak, a double major in finance and sport management, was the NCAA Championships High Point of the Meet after winning the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly NCAA titles and finishing second in the 200 butterfly.


After totaling a maximum seven at the national meet, Cieslak finished his career with 25 All-American honors, which ranks him third all-time in UF history. Cieslak’s three career NCAA titles make him only the 10th Gator in history with three career NCAA titles.


At the SEC Championships, Cieslak captured his seventh career individual SEC title in the 100 fly. Cieslak’s career SEC titles ranks him fourth in Florida’s storied history.


“Marcin’s honor is well deserved,” Troy said. “He was the leading point scorer at the NCAA Championships and made all of our relays go. He was consistently fantastic all year. The award could not go to a more worthy guy his senior year.”


D’Arrigo becomes the eighth Gator swimmer under Troy’s tutelage to win SEC Male Freshman of the Year. The freshman from Rome, Italy, earned NCAA First-Team All-American (top-eight) status in three individual events and swam on Florida’s silver medal 800 freestyle relay. He was also the highest placing freshman at NCAAs in the 200 freestyle and the 1650 freestyle.


At the SEC Championships, D’Arrigo, a linguistics major, captured a trio of silver medals. Ironically, all three of D’Arrigo’s second place finishes (200 free, 500 free and 1650 free) were behind Gator upperclassmen. D’Arrigo’s 1650 free and 500 free rank second and third, respectively, in Florida history.


“Mitch had an outstanding freshman year,” Troy said. “He showed tremendous improvements in events like the mile, which he never really swam much of before he came here. He showed that he is a world class middle distance freestyler. He raced well at every level- dual meet, conference and NCAAs.”


deBorde was named the Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and will graduate UF in December with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. deBorde has been a leader in UF’s athletic community and a key member outside of the pool for the swim program, serving as the Student-Athlete Advisory Council President and as one of the 2013-14 team captains. The senior from Longwood, Fla., has been named to the College of Engineering Dean’s List from Fall 2010 to Fall 2013.


In the pool, deBorde leaves Florida as the top sprinter to come through the program. deBorde captured SEC titles in the 50 free in 2012 and 2014 and was the bronze medalist in the event at the 2014 NCAA Championships. deBorde leaves Florida as the 10th swimmer in UF history to amass 20 NCAA All-American awards and as the owner of both sprint school records.


“I’m really proud of Brad deBorde,” Troy said. “The guy has come a long way since he has been here. He made a lot of our relays work and swam one of the toughest programs at the NCAA Championships. He got better and better every year he was here.”


At the Southeastern Conference Championships, senior Elizabeth Beisel was named the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy Recipient for scoring the most points at the meet after winning both the 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley SEC titles, becoming only the fourth swimmer in SEC history to win multiple events in all four years of competition.


Also at SECs, redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau was voted the SEC Swimmer of the Meet and named the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy Recipient for scoring the most points at the SEC Championships. Rousseau picked up SEC titles in the 200 fly, 200 free and 200 IM.


Additionally, the SEC released its 2014 All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Teams. Florida men were represented 13 student-athletes and the UF women’s team were represented with seven student-athletes.


First-team All-SEC honors went to those student-athletes who finished first in each event at the SEC Championships in February, including relays. Second-team All-SEC honors went to the second and third-place finishers in each event at the SEC Championships, including relays. The top freshman finisher in each event was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.


2014 SEC Swimming and Diving Awards


Men’s Swimmer of the Year: Marcin Cieslak, Florida

Women’s Swimmer of the Year: Brittany MacLean, Georgia


Men’s Diver of the Year: Mauricio Robles, Tennessee

Women’s Diver of the Year: Laura Ryan, Georgia


Men’s Freshman Swimmer of the Year: Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida

Women’s Freshman Swimmer of the Year: Olivia Smoliga, Georgia


Men’s Freshman Diver of the Year: Jordan Gotro, South Carolina


Men’s Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: T.J. Leon, Auburn

Men’s Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Brad deBorde, Florida

Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Shannon Vreeland, Georgia


Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Gregg Troy, Florida

Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Steve Bultman, Texas A&M


Co-Men’s Diving Coach of the Year: Jeff Shaffer, Auburn

Co-Men’s Diving Coach of the Year: Jamie Sweeney, Missouri

Women’s Diving Coach of the Year: Dan Laak, Georgia


2014 SEC Swimmers and Divers of the Meet (announced at the SEC Championships)


Men’s Swimmer of the Meet: Sebastien Rousseau, Florida

Women’s Swimmer of the Meet: Breeja Larson, Texas A&M


Men’s Diver of the Meet: Ford McLiney, Texas A&M

Women’s Diver of the Meet: Laura Ryan, Georgia


Men’s All-SEC First Team

Marcelo Chierighini, Auburn

Marcin Cieslak, Florida

Kyle Darmody, Auburn

Brad deBorde, Florida

James Disney-May, Auburn

Michael Duderstadt, Auburn

Nic Fink, Georgia

Arthur Frayler, Florida

Christian-Paul Homer, Florida

Chase Kalisz, Georgia

Sean Lehane, Tennessee

T.J. Leon, Auburn

Corey Main, Florida

Anton McKee, Alabama

Ford McLiney, Texas A&M

Arthur Mendes, Auburn

Sebastien Rousseau, Florida

John Santieu, Auburn

Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Florida

Dan Wallace, Florida


Men’s All-SEC Second Team

Jack Blyzinskyj, Florida

David Bonuchi, Missouri

Vlad Caciuc, Alabama

Matthew Curby, Florida

Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida

Taylor Dale, Georgia

Greg Ferrucci, Kentucky

Andrew Gemmell, Georgia

Kristian Gkolomeev, Alabama

Zane Grothe, Auburn

BJ Hornikel, Alabama

Matias Koski, Georgia

Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom, Tennessee

Fraser McKean, Auburn

Connor Oslin, Alabama

Luke Percy, Tennessee

Sam Rairden, Tennessee

Doug Reynolds, Georgia

Mauricio Robles, Tennessee

Connor Signorin, Florida

Tristan Slater, Tennessee

Ty Stewart, Georgia

Michael Trice, Georgia

Brett Walsh, Alabama

Pawel Werner, Alabama


Men’s SEC All-Freshman Team

Pace Clark, Georgia

Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida

Taylor Dale, Georgia

Kyle Darmody, Auburn

Michael Duderstadt, Auburn

Brandon Flynn, Kentucky

Jordan Gotro, South Carolina

Cam Jones, Auburn

Anton McKee, Alabama

Connor Oslin, Alabama

Joe Patching, Auburn

Brent Sagert, Alabama


Women’s All-SEC First Team

Cammile Adams, Texas A&M

Elizabeth Beisel, Florida

Ann-Perry Blank, Georgia

Kaylin Burchell, Alabama

Jessica Graber, Georgia

Molly Hannis, Tennessee

Lauren Harrington, Georgia

Lili Ibanez-Lopez, Texas A&M

Tori Lamp, Tennessee

Breeja Larson, Texas A&M

Maddie Locus, Georgia

Brittany MacLean, Georgia

Melanie Margalis, Georgia

Amber McDermott, Georgia

Caroline McElhany, Texas A&M

Paige Miller, Texas A&M

Laura Ryan, Georgia

Olivia Smoliga, Georgia

Chantal VanLandeghem, Georgia

Shannon Vreeland, Georgia

Ellese Zalewski, Florida


Women’s All-SEC Second Team

Christina Bechtel, Kentucky

Kelli Benjamin, Texas A&M

Sammie Bosma, Texas A&M

Harper Bruens, Tennessee

Erica Dittmer, Texas A&M

Hali Flickinger, Georgia

Lindsey Gendron, Tennessee

Molly Hannis, Tennessee

Sarah Henry, Texas A&M

Natalie Hinds, Florida

Faith Johnson, Tennessee

Faith Johnson, Tennessee

Hilda Luthersdottir, Florida

Lindsey McKnight, Florida

Meredith Oliver, Texas A&M

Lauren Reedy, Missouri

Sinead Russell, Florida

Laura Ryan, Georgia

Lauren Solernou, Tennessee

Cherelle Thompson, Tennessee

Cassie Weil, LSU

Annie Zhu, Georgia

Rachel Zilinskas, Georgia


Women’s SEC All-Freshman Team

Bridget Blood, Alabama

Kendal Casey, Kentucky

Madison Hudkins, Texas A&M

Taylor Katz, Florida

Lindsay Keahey, Kentucky

Kara Kopcso, LSU

Sycerika McMahon, Texas A&M

Allyx Purcell, Auburn

Olivia Smoliga, Georgia

Ellie Suek, Missouri

Danielle Valley, Florida

Rachel Zilinskas, Georgia


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