Gainesville, Fla. -- The University of Florida women's swimming and diving team (1-1, 1-0 SEC) won seven of 11 events on the second day of competition, but could not overcome a 135-108 first day deficit to California (3-0, 2-0 PAC 12) and dropped the two-day dual meet by a score of 238-210 at the Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkeley, Calif.
The Gators, going against a Cal team that featured five Olympians and four NCAA Champions, showed impressive fight and determination, winning the first five events of the day. Florida roared back from a 27 point hole to take a 170-166 lead at the first break. However, Cal responded by winning four of the final six events to provide the final margin. Over the course of the 24-event slate, the teams split the events 12 to 12, with the Gators taking first place in both diving events on the first day of the meet.
Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.), a two-time Olympic medalist and two-time NCAA Champion, provided the Gators with a trio of day two victories, including wins in front of Cal freshman and four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin and 2013 NCAA Champion Elizabeth Pelton.
We'll See You Again: The matchup featured two of the premier collegiate programs in the nation, with both teams accounting for four of the last five team NCAA Championships. Cal took home the team title in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and the Gators captured the national championship in 2010. The Bears were last year's runner up with 393 points. Florida finished sixth at the 2013 national meet, totaling 305 points and returns nine of 11 All-Americans, including eight first-team All-Americans. The teams will again battle for national supremacy at the 2014 NCAA Championships.
What's Next: Florida will continue its impressive regular season schedule as 2013 SEC and NCAA Champion Georgia will come to Gainesville for a dual meet on Nov. 1st. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon. The men's team will also host Georgia in a matchup of SEC and national powers.