Roundup: UF baseball announces television schedule
Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:16 a.m.
The Southeastern Conference announced its official 2013 SEC Baseball television schedule on Friday, the fourth under the league's 15-year agreement with ESPN.
Florida will have a total of 10 games as part of the league's regular-season package that includes 70 broadcasts in 2013, as well as another 10 on its regional sports network partner, Sun Sports/FOX Sports Florida.
All of the games from the 2013 SEC Tournament will continue to be televised, with the championship game airing again nationally on ESPN2. The semifinals will also air nationally for the first time, which will be broadcast on ESPNEWS.
The SEC Baseball television package is derived from broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, Fox Sports and CSS (CST). In addition, Watch ESPN/ESPN3 will also stream most contests live online.
“Both the success and popularity of baseball in our conference continue to grow,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.
“We are pleased to be able to offer an increased amount of television coverage of SEC Baseball to our teams and to our fans. This continues to move our baseball exposure to new levels and to a national audience.”
Also, USA Baseball announced its annual year-end award winners on Friday and University of Florida junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford was recognized with the organization's International Performance of the Year.
As Team USA's starter in game one of the inaugural USA versus Cuba Series in Havana, Cuba, Crawford's outing set the tone for the 2012 Collegiate National Team season. The Okeechobee native went 6.1 innings, struck out six Cuban batters and picked up the win in the club's 4-3 victory at Estadio de Latinoamericana.
On the summer, Crawford led the team with 26.2 innings pitched. Along the way, he picked up two more wins for Team USA to finish the summer with a 3-0 record and a 2.02 earned run average. The International Performance of the Year Award was founded in 2009, and Crawford joins Keegan Thompson (2011), Chris Archer (2010), and Jameson Taillon (2009) as the award's recipients. Crawford will be presented with the International Performance of Year Award at a ceremony next Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center during the Gator men's basketball game against Mississippi State.
Track & field: The UF track & field teams began competition at the 38th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Friday at Devaney Center Indoor Track at the University of Nebraska.
Nine Gators advanced to Saturday's finals, including sophomore quartermiler Hugh Graham, Jr., who won the prelims of the men's 400 meters in 47.25, and freshman phenoms Destinee Gause and Kyra Jefferson, who each advanced in the women's 60 meters on Friday evening with PRs of 7.37 and 7.41, respectively.
Women's golf: Fresh off of Florida's third team title of the 2012-13 season, senior Mia Piccio, junior Elcin Ulu and sophomore Anna Young will compete in one last individual tournament this weekend before hitting the meat of their team schedule.
All three players will take part in the one day, 36 hole, Lady Bulldog Individual Championship as representatives of the Florida Gators. Even though the tournament is not a team outing, the trio of Gators will have a good chance to give UF its sixth possible medalist this year. Senior Isabelle Lendl already has two individual wins, while sophomore Camilla Hedberg is one week removed from her third title after being named co-winner of the Florida Challenge.
The Lady Bulldog Individual Championship will be played at the University of Georgia Golf Course (Par 72, 6,335 yards) which is also the site of this year's NCAA Championship. 38 competitors from 13 different schools will make up Saturday's field which includes players from seven SEC schools.
Swimming: The Florida Gators' swimming and diving teams closed out their dual meet season with victories against SEC rival Tennessee on Friday's Senior Night. Sending off their seniors in style, the 7th ranked women upset the 4th ranked Vols by winning with a score of 167-133, while the 5th ranked Gator men won in dominant fashion with a score of 208-92.
UF's men improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the SEC, while the women are 3-4 and 2-3 in the SEC. The win for the Gator men solidified their undefeated season, the second-straight year they have not dropped a dual meet.
To kick things off, the Gator women began the night with a sweep in the 1000 yard freestyle by claiming the top four spots. Leading the group was freshman Jessica Thielmann who clocked in a time of 9:41.81. Junior Alicia Mathieu touched second in 9:48.28, freshman Taylor Roy was third with a 9:53.44 and sophomore Jordan Smith rounded out the top four in 9:54.44.
Senior Jamie Bohunicky (Buchholz) began her last home meet as a Gator by swimming the 200 freestyle. In an exhilarating race to the wall, she was out touched by 0.14 tenths of a second; crushing her season best and posting an NCAA “B” standard qualifying time of 1:44.57. Bohunicky redeemed herself in the 500 free by winning the event with an NCAA “B” standard qualifying time of 4:39.93.
The 100 and 200 backstroke saw three Florida women post NCAA “B” qualifying times with freshman Sinead Russell winning the 100 back with a time of 54.10 and junior Elizabeth Beisel taking the 200 by stopping the clock at 1:57.69, while sophomore Ashlee Linn followed closely behind with a mark of 1:58.12.
Beisel and Russell also finished one and two on the 200 IM with times of 1:59.70 and 2:00.83. Both were NCAA “B” qualifying standard marks and the time was a season best for Russell.
Freshman Nathalie Hinds added another pair of victories to her career by taking the top spots in both the 50 and 100 free, posting NCAA “B” qualifying standard marks for both; with times of 22.74 and 49.02, respectively.
With a few sweeps of their own, the Florida men took the top three spots in both the 1000 and 200 yards freestyle. Freshman Arthur Frayler touched the wall first in the 1000 with a season best time of 9:02.88. Behind him were sophomores Thomas Veale in 9:05.74 and William Silva (P.K. Yonge) with a 9:05.97 who also clocked in their best times of the season.
In the 200 freestyle, junior Marcin Cieslak won in thrilling fashion posting an NCAA “B” standard qualifying time of 1:37.85. Sophomore Dan Wallace and freshman Justin Kaisrlik finished second (1:38.40) and third (1:39.12) respectively.
Senior Jason Taylor, finished his last home meet as a Florida Gator by stopping the clock first in the 500 freestyle with an NCAA “B” standard qualifying time of 4:24.37. Silva (4:27.01) and Veale (4:29.58) took second and third place, thus producing another sweep for the Gator men.
The victories kept coming as the Gators touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke and the 100 and 200 breaststroke. In the 100 back, freshman Corey Main out-touched Tennessee's Samuel Rairden to finish first and post an NCAA “B” standard qualifying and season best time of 48.38. Sophomore Matt Elliot also claimed the top spots and posted NCAA “B” qualifying times in both the 100 (54.97) and the 200 (1:59.09) breaststroke.
In the 200 butterfly, redshirt junior Sebastian Rosseau got another sweep started taking the top spot with an NCCA “B” qualifying time of 1:45.34. Sophomore Connor Signorin was second, finishing with a season best time of 1:48.06. Senior Cameron Martin took the third spot clocking in a time of 1:48.15. Rosseau also finished first in the 100 fly, swimming a season best time of 48.74.
The 50 freestyle saw another NCAA “B” qualifying stand mark surpassed with junior Brad deBorde winning the event with a time of 19.88, while the100 freestyle, had sophomore Pawel Werner finishing on top (44.09) and deBorde (44.46) taking the second spot. Werner's time was yet another NCAA “B” standard qualifying time the Gators achieved on the night. Sophomore Carlos Omana added another victory by touching the wall first in the 200 IM with a season best time of 1:47.93.
The Florida diving team also contributed to the win with a pair of victories in the 1-meter board, where senior Sean Saley took the top spot with a season best score of 338.11 in front of family and friends on his last home meet representing the Gators. Fellow Gator, Chris Jones took second place with a score of 318.75. On the women's side, freshman Kahlia Warner also claimed first place scoring a season best 297.75.