Florida swim team wins home finale
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 6:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 6:28 p.m.
The No. 13 Gator men’s swimming and diving team and No. 9 women’s squad sent their senior swimmers off in style, as they each nabbed victories over No. 7/7 Auburn in front of a full house Saturday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium.
“There were real quality performances by all of our swimmers today,” said head coach Gregg Troy. “I am really proud of how every one of our swimmers raced the whole way throughout the meet today.
“With it being set up in a long course format, it was a little bit different, a little bit more tough, but it gave swimmers with national aspirations to see where they stand.”
It was a thrilling finish as the men’s 153-147 victory all came down to the final race: the 400 freestyle relay. With the help of Brad deBorde, Dan Wallace, Matt Norton and Matt Curby, the Gators were able to clinch the win and knock off the No. 7 Tigers. A comfortable 162-136 advantage allowed the Gator women to hand the Tigers just their second loss of the season.
The Gator men remain undefeated on the year with a 5-0-1 record and 2-0-1 tally in the SEC, with the women improving to a 7-1 dual meet record (3-1 SEC), with their lone loss of the year to No. 1 Georgia.
“Anytime you have the opportunity to swim against a program like Auburn, it’s great. They have quality athletes that are extremely well coached, and no matter when we face them, it’s always a great opportunity to race against them,” explained Troy.
The Gators combined to win 17 events, and sweep four races as sophomores Elizabeth Beisel and Marcin Cieslak led Florida with three wins apiece.