Roundup: Women's cross country wins SEC title


Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 12:51 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the third time in the last four years — and the sixth time overall — the Gator women’s cross country squad brought the SEC title back to Gainesville.

After winning back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, the Gators struck again this year for their sixth SEC title (’84, ’96, ’97, ’09, ’10, ’12) in women’s program history, the second-most for an SEC women’s cross country squad. The UF’s men’s squad turned in a fifth-place showing at the meet for the program’s 16th straight top-five SEC finish.

Six Gators ran lifetime best 6K marks and all five scorers turned in top-25 finishes to lead the women to the 2012 SEC Title at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, including second-place finisher Florence Ngetich, who clocked in at 20:27.41 for the sixth-fastest time in Florida history as the Gators’ highest finisher in the women’s field of 124 athletes.

The Gators turned in a score of 61 points, while Arkansas (70) and Vanderbilt (119) rounded out the top three women’s team scores. On the men’s side, Arkansas claimed its 20th league title (35), Georgia finished second (73), SEC newcomers Missouri (80) and Texas A&M (80) tied for third, while Florida checked in fifth with 121 points.

Seven UF runners picked up All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman honors on the afternoon, led by junior Mark Parrish’s All-SEC First Team honor, while both Ngetich and junior Agata Strausa led the way on the women’s All-SEC First Team. Senior Callie Cooper earned All-SEC Second Team accolades, while three freshmen in Shelby Davidson, Julie Macedo and Phil Duncan earned their first All-SEC accolades as members of the SEC All-Freshman squads.

On the men’s side, Parrish turned in the Gators’ highest finish in seventh, clocking a 24:06.09 to lead the way.

Swimming: At Columbia, S.C., the Florida swimming and diving teams defeated South Carolina in their second dual meet in two days on Friday.

Florida’s No. 1 ranked men’s team won 166-128 and the women’s team took the win 176-119. It was the Gators’ second SEC dual meet of the season as the men improved to 2-0 and the women are 1-1.

The diving events went first, with freshman Emily Mosher finishing second on the three-meter board and third on the one-meter. Freshman Delaney Dye also scored as she was third on the three-meter and fifth on the one-meter.

On the men’s side, junior Christopher Jones finished third on the three-meter, sophomore Zach Hernandez was fourth and senior Sean Saley came in fifth. Saley led the way with a third-place finish on the one-meter, followed by Jones and fourth and Hernandez in fifth.

Florida had a strong showing in the distance freestyle events. Junior Alicia Mathieu won both the 1000 and 500 for the women. Mathieu finished the 1000 in a time of 10:00.75 and the 500 in 4:54.79. Sophomore Molly Dubrasky grabbed second for UF in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:10.59. Freshman Ashlee Linn and sophomore Jordan Smith completed the sweep in the 500 free, finishing second (4:56.54) and third (5:00.06) respectively.

The men swept the top three spots in both the 1,000 and 500 free. Freshman Arthur Frayler earned his first win, touching first in a time of 9:11.96 in the 1000 free. Sophomore Carlos Omana and junior Conor Signorin rounded out the top three with times of 9:13.96 and 9:19.59 respectively. In the 500 free, sophomore Dan Wallace took the win, Frayler finished second and Signorin was third.

In another sweep, junior Elizabeth Beisel won the 200 free in a time of 1:48.07 and just behind her was freshman Jessica Theilmann in second and junior Kaitlin Frehling in third.

The Gators’ tallied wins in all the backstroke events as freshman Natalie Hinds swam her way to wins in the 100 backstroke (55.86) and the 200 backstroke (2:02.16) and junior Marcin Cieslak won both with a 49.71 in the 100 back and 1:49.96 in the 200.

Linn also grabbed two individual victories, touching in at 2:04.30 in the 200 IM and 24.00 in the 50 freestyle. Also collecting two wins on the afternoon was senior Jamie Bohunicky, who won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:03.03 and the 100 free finishing in 51.01.

Junior Hilda Luthersdottir and sophomore Matt Elliott took the top spots in the 100 breast, with Luthersdottir finishing in 1:03.28 to win the women’s and Elliott won in 56.02. With his third event win in two days, freshman Pawel Werner won the 100 butterfly in a time of 49.20.

Coming in first for the men in the 200 free was junior Sebastien Rousseau, who finished in a time of 1:37.72. Junior Brad deBorde won his second-straight 50 free, finishing in a time of 20.58. Wallace had his second win of the day when he finished the 200 butterfly in 1:47.75 and Beisel added a second win with a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.65).

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