Florida swimming takes down Missouri in SEC opener


Senior Elizabeth Beisel earned two individual victories en route to Florida's win against Missouri in Columbia on Thursday.

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Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:49 p.m.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Florida swimming and diving teams scored an impressive victory over Missouri in the SEC opening dual meet for both schools on Thursday.

The Gator men topped Missouri by a score of 169-130 and won 12 of 16 events. The women won the day by a score of 181-109, including 13 of 16 events. Senior Elizabeth Beisel led the Gators with a pair of individual victories and a second-place swim. On the men's side, sophomore Corey Main had his hand in four total victories.

“Overall, I was pleased with how we raced top to bottom," head coach Gregg Troy said. "We had some people racing for fifth or sixth, but we were real good about winning those races. That speaks volumes to the depth we are developing. That type of thing is good as we move forward in the season.”

The men's team (2-0, 1-0 SEC) now has consecutive victories over teams that placed in the top-18 at last year's NCAA Championships. The women's team (1-0, 1-0 SEC) will look to take Thursday's momentum into the weekend with a two-day dual against the University of California beginning on Saturday.

The Gator men rank in the top-five in the nation in 14 individual events and the top-three in the nation in all five relay events after three meets. The women's team ranks in the top-five in the nation in eight individual events and the top-five in four relay events after two meets this year.

Both Gator teams moved to 1-0 against Missouri in the programs' first matchup. The two SEC foes will next compete against one another at the SEC Championships.

The UF men's team extended its unbeaten streak in dual meets to 17 straight with Thursday's victory. The Gators last dropped a dual in a Jan. 2011 meet against Auburn.

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