Gainesville, Fla. - The Florida Swimming and Diving program swept Florida Atlantic in the first of three consecutive dual meet weekends for the Gators. With the SEC Championships 30 days away, the Gators will use the next three weekends to fine tune their races and fill out the conference championship roster.
The eight-ranked Florida women (4-2, 2-1 SEC) captured every event and won 175-112. The third-ranked men (6-0, 3-0 SEC) were competing as a split squad with nine members of the team competing at the Classic at SMU<http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=27028>, and defeated FAU by a score of 166-123.
Senior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) delivered a pair of top-10 times nationally in the 500 freestyle (4:37.04) and 200 butterfly (1:54.60). The two-time Olympic medalist missed breaking the NCAA 'A' standard by .03 in the 500 free and by .11 in the 200 fly. Beisel now ranks in the top-10 nationally in six events and in the top-five nationally in four events.
Series History: After today's meet, Florida men lead Florida Atlantic 17-0 all-time and Florida women lead Florida Atlantic 18-0 all-time.
Men's Dual Streak: The Gator men have gone 21 straight dual meets without dropping a dual, a record that dates back to Jan. 21, 2011
"On the women's side, I saw a lot of improvement. It looks like we are going in the right direction for the SEC Championships. Chris Jones was really good on the one-meter, but he lacked some confidence on the three-meter. We've got to step up and get a little bit better in the next couple of weeks and focus on being prepared for the conference championships."- Diving Coach Donnie Craine
"I thought a lot of people did a great job of improving and showing growth in their secondary events. I felt that we split our races well today. Danielle Valley's 1000 free and Pawel Werner's 500 free were two races that I was impressed with today. A lot of people have been working on the back end of their races, and that showed today. One thing that stood out to me was that the team did a great job of supporting one another. Everyone was cognizant of what was going on. That is something that the coaching staff wanted to see an improvement from out last dual meet."- Associate Head Coach Martyn Wilby.
LSU Collects Win Over A&M
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Swimming and Diving team split its final SEC dual meet at the LSU natatorium. The LSU men won 157.5-142.5 over A&M while the Lady Tigers fell to the Texas A&M women 168-127.
“On the men’s side, they just wanted it so much,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “The seniors have been burned by A&M the last three years so it was great to go out on top. They knew they wanted to come in and get this win. Frank gave us a spark, but it was a total team effort from the boards to in the water.”
The Tigers took first in six swimming events as well as one diving event. The relay team of Michael Young, Gabe Rooker, Frank Greeff and Michael Saco took first in the 400-medley relay with a time of 3:18.05.
Men’s captain, Greeff, fired up the team after the relay win and went on to capture first place finishes in the 200 butterfly (1:47.48) and 100 butterfly (48.44). Greeff also touched the wall second in a thrilling 200 IM. The Tigers took first, second and third in that event and clinched the win for the men.
The freshmen played a huge part in the men’s win today. Eric Klein finished first in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:49.97. Klein also tied for third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.61. Brandon Goldman took the win in the 200 backstroke (2:00.59) and third in the 200 IM (1:50.83).
Silas Dejean accounted for another win in the 100 breaststroke (55.65) and a third place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:01.28). Elliot Dewlen also contributed nicely with second place finishes in the 500 free (4:33.08) and 1000 free (9:22.15).
Senior Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez went out with a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:00.59). Jimenez also touched the wall second in the 100 breaststroke (56.25).
Other key contributors in the win over A&M were Alex Linge’s second place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:39.83), Young touching the wall second in the 100 backstroke (49.70) and Daniel Swietlicki’s runner up finish in the 200 backstroke (1:48.61). Saco also contributed with a second place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:39.83).
Senior men divers Sean McKinney and Kevin Leong provided key points for the Tigers in the win. McKinney took first on 3-meter with a score of 417. 23. It’s the third time McKinney has posted a score over 400 this season. Leong then placed third on 1-meter with a score of 301.80.
The Lady Tigers came up just short against the A&M women. Kara Kopcso provided a huge spark with an LSU program and Natatorium record in the 200 fly with a mark of 1:56.12. Kopcso also won the 100 fly with a time of 53.38.
“The first relay there was a little emotion after that ceremony,” Geyer said. “On the women’s side, it was great to see them fight against one of the best teams in the country. To see the results they are putting results in is promising.”
Megan Cox provided another win for the Lady Tigers in the 200 free with a mark of 1:48.63.
Torrey Bussey finished the day with a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.42). The senior also collected a third place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.47).
Devon Dabney contributed in the distance events. The freshman finished third in both the 1000 free (10:19.77) and (4:58.66).
For the Lady Tiger divers, Alex Bettridge took first on 1-meter (316.28) and 3-meter springboard (320. 55). Cassie Weil also finished second on 3-meter (318.15).
“It was really memorable for the senior divers to have such a great experience and beat an SEC foe,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “We came out really strong today so it was something positive. We trained really hard so I was glad to see us compete today.”
“We had a great crowd today and I’d love to see it like that in every dual meet we have. In the 200 IM event, it was exciting and they really got into it which provided great energy for the whole team,” Shaffer said.
LSU takes the week off from competition before the Lady Tigers travel to Houston, Texas Jan. 31- Feb. 1 for a quad meet against Houston, Rice and Tulane.
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Florida Finishes Second, Leaves Classic at SMU with Eyes on Postseason Redemption
Gainesville, Fla. - The third ranked Florida Swimming and Diving men's nine person team scored five individual wins and placed second at the Classic at SMU. The Gators totaled 321 points and finished 12 points behind reigning NCAA Champion Michigan.
Sophomore Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) and junior Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) earned individual wins for the Orange and Blue. Main stopped the clock in the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:43.18. Solaeche-Gomez topped the field in the 200 individual medley, touching the wall in a time of 1:44.61.
Meet the Opponents: The Gators went up against top flight competition in top-ranked Michigan, sixth-ranked University of Southern California, eighth-ranked Louisville, Purdue and SMU.
What's Next: Florida will return to competition next Saturday at 11 a.m. as SEC rival Auburn comes to the O'Connell Center.