Roundup: Women finish sixth at NCAA swimming


Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 12:32 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Florida’s women finished sixth with 311 points at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night. The Gators amassed 35 All-America honors over the three-day meet, one NCAA title, three school records and finished in the top-10 for the 12th consecutive year.

“We had a good day again today,” said coach Gregg Troy. “We were able to move up on a lot of people, but I think we just ran out of gas there at the end. We had a great day with two new school records in the 100 free and the 400 free relay. We are real proud of the way we finished up and it was a good season for the Gators.”

On the final night of competition the Gators gathered six trips to the podium to jolt them up the leaderboard. Freshman Natalie Hinds highlighted the night with her school record-setting swim in the 100-yard free.

Throughout the meet Hinds has collected seven All-America honors, tied for the most on the team. She was an integral part of four of the relays that landed in the championship finals. Also bringing home seven All-America honors is fellow freshman Sinead Russell. Russell swam in the championship final of two individual events and all five of the Florida relays this week.

Florida earned two top-10 finishes in the 1,650 free to start the night off. Junior Alicia Mathieu swam the best mile of her career as she dropped seven seconds off of her personal-best to finish fifth in a time of 15:52.88. That time also moves her into third all-time in UF history. Coming in right behind Mathieu was freshman Jessica Thielmann, who clocked in at 15:54.27 to finish sixth in the event.

Both Mathieu and Thielmann earned All-America honors for their top-8 finishes. It was the third of Mathieu’s career and Thielmann collected two in her first NCAA meet.

The 200 back featured some tough competition. Junior Elizabeth Beisel swam her season-best time of 1:51.17 but fell just short of defending her 2012 title in the event as she took third. Winning the event was Elizabeth Pelton of California, who set a new NCAA, American and U.S. Open record in the event.

Beisel added five All-American honors, along with her title in the 400 IM to her already illustrious resume during the championships. She finished in the top-five over all three of her individual events.

Also in the field was Russell who has had some great swims in her first NCAA Championships. Russell finished sixth overall as she touched the wall in a time of 1:51.87, just off of her personal-best of 1:51.80.

The second school record fell for the Gators during the championships, as Hinds swam a 47.73 to finish third amongst the fastest swimmers in the country. Hinds had an outstanding first trip to the NCAAs as she has racked up three individual All-America honors. Finishing just behind Hinds was junior Ellese Zalewski, who finished fourth with a personal-best time of 47.99.

Florida grabbed their third school record of the meet in the 400 free relay as the group of Zalewksi, Russell, Beisel and Hinds combined for a time of 3:12.96 to finish sixth overall.

“I am really proud of the girls,” Troy said. “They fought all weekend long and stayed in the meet. It was a real good team effort.”

Lacrosse: At Gainesville, second-ranked Florida lacrosse team used five goals from sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy to overcome the Ohio State Buckeyes, 13-7, in ALC play Saturday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The Gators remain perfect at 13-0 and mark their first conference win of the season.

Gilroy chipped in a season-high six points on five goals and an assist while seniors Kitty Cullen and Brittany Dashiell each recorded hat tricks as the trio combined for 10 second-half goals to seal their 13th win of the season. The win also marked the Gators’ 11th straight win in league action, a streak that dates back to May 7, 2010.

“They (Gilroy, Cullen, Dashiell) are the three people we rely on week in and week out,” coach Amanda O’Leary said. “They’ve delivered in every occasion and they stuck with the game plan.”

A defensive battle to start the game, Florida came from behind for the fifth time this season, as Ohio State (3-5, 0-1 ALC) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a free position goal by Kaila Gottlick 10 minutes into the game.

Goalies kept the first half a low scoring affair as senior goalie Mikey Meagher recorded five saves, while the Buckeyes’ Tori DeScenza helped her team saving six of the Gators’ 16 shots in the half. Overall, UF outshot OSU (33-14) while winning ground balls (22-10) and draw controls (13-9). Senior defender Kayla Stolins earned a team-high six draw controls in the win.

Track and field: At Orlando, two Gators captured event titles on the second day of the UCF Invitational, as sophomore Michael Burris and senior Leonardo Seymore took home titles on a rainy Saturday at the UCF Track and Soccer Complex.

Burris picked up a victory in the men’s 400 meters in a new personal best of 47.89. Teammate Jovon Toppin turned in a runner-up finish with his time of 47.98.

In the 100 meters, senior All-American and NCAA 4x4 champion Seymore won the event in 10.56 to capture the first outdoor individual victory of his career.

Sophomore Gissell Warner leapt to a new personal best of 12.09m/39-8 in the women’s triple jump, finishing third in the event.

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