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    SEC Swimming and Diving Today: Friday, September 27

    Gators Impress on Day One of the Pinch A Penny All-Florida Invitational

    Gainesville, Fla.- The University of Florida Swimming and Diving teams jumped out to early leads during the first day of competition at the three-day Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational at the O'Connell Center. The Gators notched six NCAA provisional marks on the first day of competition.

    The Orange and Blue captured all four relay events and 10 of 12 events overall. Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) led the women with a pair of victories in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. On the men's side, a Gator touched in first in all three individual swimming events.

    The meet features six programs from the state of Florida: Florida State, Miami, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Southern, North Florida and Nova Southeastern.

    The event consists of morning preliminary sessions each day and finals sessions each evening. Saturday and Sunday sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Diving is taking place approximately one hour after the morning session on Saturday.

    Scores: After the first day of competition, the men lead second place Florida State 374-272. The women lead second place FSU 342-251.

    Sound Bites: "It was a good way to start the season. It highlighted some of the things that we've worked on. I am really happy how everyone raced across the board. It wasn't necessarily that they were fast, but it is how they raced across the board. I think at this time of year that is what you want to see."- Head Coach Gregg Troy

    "We saw some freshman do some things that we liked to see in their first competition. We saw some great swims from some people that are outstanding swimmers." Head Coach Gregg Troy

    Postseason Focus: Five Gators combined to notch six NCAA provisional marks on the first day of competition. Beisel delivered a 200 IM mark of 2:00.53 and a 500 free mark of 4:45.04, which earned her a pair of day one victories. Senior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) finished 1-2 in the 200 IM with times of 1:46.00 and 1:46.76, respectively. Junior Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) finished fourth in the race after securing an NCAA B cut time of 1:49.09 in prelims. In the 500 free, junior Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) won the event with a swim of 4:23.09, good for his first national championship cut of the year.

    Relay Magic: The men's team ended the meet with an emphatic 1-2 finish in the 400 medley relay. The 'A' relay group of sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand), junior Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), Cieslak and senior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) took first in 3:15.69 and were followed close behind by the 'B' relay group of sophomore Christian Homer (Trinidad and Tobago), Solaeche-Gomez, red-shirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) and junior Matt Curby (Oviedo, Fla.). In the 200 free relay, Homer, deBorde, Main and junior Ricky Munch (Clifton, Va.) won the event in 1:20.23

    On the women's side, the 200 free team of senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia), sophomore Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas), sophomore Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) and sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) turned in a first place performance with a mark of 1:31.76. The 400 medley quartet of Russell, senior Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland), Zalewski and Hinds came home in first with a swim of 3:42.58.

    Major Debut: A pair of freshman dazzled in their debuts, each earning a spot in the evening finals. Mitch D'Arrigo (Rome, Italy) ended his 500 free run in third place with a mark  of 4:26.05 after qualifying second in prelims. D'Arrigo was beat by upperclassmen Wallace and Rousseau (4:25.28). Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.) also finished third in the 500 free (4:51.39) after posting the second fastest 500 free of prelims (4:50.79)

    Splash and Dash: deBorde earned his first victory of the year with a time of 20.33 in the 50 free after entering the heat second behind Florida State's Paul Murray. Main followed behind deBorde to give the Gators the 1-2 finish. On the women's side Hinds (23.07) and Zalewski (23.23) finished second and third behind FSU's Kaitlyn Dressel.

    Springboard Action: Sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia), a late addition to last year's squad, earned her first victory on the one-meter springboard with a score of 322.45.
     




    Tiger Women Cruise to Season-Opening Victory Over Vanderbilt

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Auburn’s women’s swimming and diving team won its opening meet of the 2013-14 season Friday afternoon, defeating Vanderbilt 158-44 to move to 1-0 on the year. The Tigers won all 12 events in the meet to kick off the year in style and take plenty of momentum into the Notre Dame Tri-Meet next month.

    “It was the first meet of the year for our team and it was good to see where we are at in these early stages of training,” Auburn head coach Brett Hawke. “I thought the freshman were solid in their first collegiate meet and overall the performance was good. Attention to details were what the coaching staff was looking for.”

    Not only did the Tigers win each event on Friday, they also took the top two spots in 10 out of 12 events. Only the 200 breast and 500 free did Auburn not take second place along with first. In both those events, freshman Annie Lazor and Ashley Neidigh came away with their first wins as Tigers.

    Lazor scorched the competition in the 200 breast, clocking a time of 2:21.46 and winning by over three seconds. Lazor followed up her performance with a third-place finish in the 400 IM (4:29.96) to complete a 1-2-3 finish for the Tigers. As for Neidigh, she notched her first collegiate win, touching the wall in the 500 free in 5:02.08, scoring nine points for her team.

    Neidigh wasn’t finished though as she also claimed victory in the 1,000 free to kick off the individual portion of the meet. The freshman clocked a time of 10:02.49, winning by over 20 seconds over teammate Siena Devenuto (10:23.59).

    Along with Neidigh, sophomore Jillian Vitarius was the only other multi-event winner as an individual for the Tigers. Vitarius took home the 200 free and 200 back events notching times of 1:50.94 and 1:59.48, respectively. Her 200 free time was just off a personal-best.

    As the meet transferred into the sprint portion, Auburn continued its winning ways as senior Emily Bos took the 50 free title (23.12), just one second off a personal-best and a few hundredths of a second from an NCAA ‘B’ cut time. Bos and fellow senior Aubrey Peacock went one-two in the fastest race of the day. Peacock finished in 23.94, also one second off a personal-best.

    Freshman Kristen Murslack became the third first time Tiger winner on the day as she claimed victory in the 400 IM with a time of 4:26.03, winning by over two full seconds. That win was followed up by a 200 fly victory from veteran Megan Fonteno. She continued Auburns dominance by winning by almost three full seconds (2:04.88).

    The freshman surge continued as Allyx Purcell headed a 1-2-3 finish for the Tigers in the 100 free, winning with a time of 50.52, just off the NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time. Purcell’s win marked three of the first six individual events being topped by Auburn freshmen.

    Auburn also swept the two relays in the meet, winning the 400 free and 400 medley relay, taking the top three times in both events. Freshman Sarah Reynolds, Murslack, Fonteno and senior Haley Krakowski made up the winning 400 medley relay time, clocking a 3:47.58.

    Senior Hallie Stupp, Bos, Fonteno and junior Aimee Middleton took the win in the 400 free relay (3:29.97) completing the 1-2-3 finish to complete the meet.

    The Auburn women will hit the water again when they travel to South Bend, Ind., to take part in the Notre Dame Tri-Meet against Indiana and Notre Dame. The men will be in competition for the first time of the year as they will also be at the Notre Dame Tri-Meet to take on the Irish and Michigan. That meet is scheduled for Oct. 11-12 on the Notre Dame campus.