Roundup: Beisel wins NCAA title


Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 12:40 a.m.

Junior Elizabeth Beisel won her second NCAA title and first in the 400 IM in Friday's finals. The Gators currently sit eighth in the standings with 189 points so far at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. Florida had three top-three individual finishes on the second night of competition.

“I am really proud of how the team came back after yesterday,” said head coach Gregg Troy. “I thought we swam really well this morning. We are still not quite firing on all cylinders. We raced tough the whole time, everybody was in the races. Elizabeth did great in the 400 IM, Sinead had some good swims and the two butterfliers were fantastic.”

Beisel, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 400 IM, swam a solid race from start to finish as she held off a tough field to become the 2013 400 IM NCAA Champion. She finished in a time of 4:00.49 solidifying her second career individual title after winning the 200 back last year.

Softball: The No. 3 Gators first blanked Arkansas 8-0 in six innings before rallying for their 12th come-from-behind victory of the season with a 5-2 win in the nightcap to chalk up their third SEC series win with the Friday evening doubleheader sweep over the Razorbacks (21-12, 0-5 SEC).

Florida (30-3, 6-2 SEC) and Arkansas will meet Saturday at 3 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in the series finale, as projected inclement weather Sunday altered the originally scheduled Friday, Saturday, Sunday three-game set.

Junior ace Hannah Rogers earned the victory in game one to improve to 16-2 in the circle for Florida. Rogers worked a complete game and used nine strikeouts to aid her efforts. The righty held Arkansas scoreless, limiting the Razorbacks to just four hits in six innings.

In game two, it was sophomore Lauren Haeger who earned the nod – and win – in the circle for the Gators. Haeger improved to 9-1 on the season with five innings of work, allowing two runs, one free pass and striking out three before Rogers came on for her first save of the season, UF’s second this season, with two innings of scoreless relief.

Men's tennis: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Florida men’s tennis team earned a 4-1 victory at Alabama indoors at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. With the win, the Gators improve to 9-6 on the season and 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide fall to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the league.

Florida opened up by winning the doubles point for the second-straight match. Alabama first won at No. 1 doubles, but UF responded with wins on courts two and three. Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson beat the Tide’s Becker O’Schughnessey and Daniil Proskura, 8-5, on court two. Florida’s Mike Alford and Florent Diep then clinched the doubles point with a tiebreak victory over Stuart Kenyon and Philippe Tsangarides, 9-8 (5).

Momentum carried over into singles play for the Gators. UF won the first set on four of six courts, and quickly earned the three points needed for the win.

Track & field: At Orlando/Tallahassee, three Gators took home individual victories as the Florida track & field teams opened the 2013 outdoor season at the FSU Relays and UCF Invitational.

Sophomore Kyle Strawn captured the first hammer throw title of his career with a new personal best of 62.20m/204-1. Strawn bested his previous PB from his freshman year at UC-Santa Barbara by exactly 20 feet. Strawn is now second all-time in the event at Florida.

Junior Shelby Hayes raced to the first individual victory of her track career in the women’s 1,500 meters, running to a 4:23.67 finish just ahead of teammate Mandy Perkins, who came in second in 4:25.15. Junior Stephanie Strasser also turned in a top-five finish with her fifth-place time of 4:31.22.

Freshman Jimmy Clark clinched a victory in his first outdoor campaign with a 3:48.12 finish in the men’s 1,500 meters. Clark was one of four Gators to finish in the top 10 in the event.

The second day of the UCF Invitational begins for the Gators at 9 a.m. with the women’s discus throw.

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