Roundup: Rousseau shines at SECs
Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:06 a.m.
On the fourth day of competition at the SEC Championships, Florida advanced 16 to the finals tonight at the Student Rec Center Natatorium. The men had 10 qualify for the finals and seven of them will compete in the A-Final. On the women's side, six advanced with two in the A-Finals. The men are currently the top ranked team with 748 points and the women are second with 676 points.
In the men's 200 fly, the Gators dominated the prelims, taking the top four qualifying spots for tonight's final. Redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau put down the fastest time in prelims with a 1:43.20.
Making his first A-Final as a Gator will be freshman Corey Main in the men's 100 back. Main set a new career-best time of 47.03 to qualify fourth for tonight's final.
The Gators will have both men who entered in the A-Final for tonight's 100 breast. Sophomore Matt Elliott qualified second with new school record and personal-best time of 53.19. Also making it in was sophomore Ricky Munch who same a personal-best 53.57 to qualify seventh.
On the women's side, senior Jamie Bohunicky secured a spot in the A-Final of the women's 200 fly for the Gators. Bohunicky's time season-best time of 1:57.73 qualified her eighth for tonight.
Another freshman made the A-Final, as Sinead Russell swam a 51.95. That is the second-best time in UF history and a NCAA “A” qualifying time.
TRACK & FIELD: At Fayetteville, Ark., unior Lorraine Graham used three event personal bests to continue her trek up the all-time lists, coming in fourth overall in the women's pentathlon with a new personal record of 4,010 points at the SEC Indoor Championships. Her score is now second all-time in Florida school history behind teammate Brittany Harrell.
Graham started off the day with a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles, racing to finish third in her heat and overall in 8.44, good for 1,030 points. Her time moves her to third all-time in UF history.
The junior then moved on to the high jump, setting another PR on the day with her clearance of 1.60m/5-3, worth 736 points.
SOFTBALL: The Gator softball team kicked off day two of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 5-1 victory over Syracuse before falling short to No. 7 Missouri, 4-3, in a record 12 innings in Florida's second game of the day at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex in Palm Springs.
After improving to 15-0 with the win over Syracuse, the Gators then took to the field in a 12-inning, three-hour thriller with SEC newcomer Missouri in a non-conference match-up, the longest game in UF's history. Florida has played 11 innings three times in the history of the program, most recently against Tennessee May 3, 2008, a game the Gators won, 6-5. UF fell short, 4-3, in the bottom of the 12th against the Tigers on a Nicole Hudson RBI single to left center.
LACROSSE: A relentless offensive effort led by senior attack Ashley Brun guided No. 3 Florida past UC Davis 16-4 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The win moves the Gators to 5-0 overall on the season as it continues on its best start in program history.
Bruns scored six points off four goals and two assists while senior attack Kitty Cullen, sophomore midfielder Nora Barry, sophomore selection for the evening, midfielder Shannon Gilroy and freshman attack Darcy Messina each scored two goals in the effort. The Florida defense was relentless as well, as the Aggies (0-1) attempted just three shots in the first half and were held scoreless until the 21:27 mark in the second half.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Fourth-ranked Florida (5-1) earned a 6-1 win against 18th-ranked Clemson (3-3) at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex, where the Gators extended their overall home winning streak to 111 matches.
Florida's home streak is the longest active winning streak by any women's team in any sport in NCAA Division I competition.