Florida soccer faces Ole Miss in SEC semis
Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:24 a.m.
The UF soccer team meets Mississippi today at 5 p.m. in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal at the Orange Beach Sportsplex Complex in Orange Beach, Ala.
SEC Tournament semifinals, UF vs. Ole Miss, 5 p.m., today
Florida and Texas A&M shared the 2013 SEC regular-season title with identical 9-2 league records. The Gators are the tournament's top seed based on their regular-season win over A&M. Florida opened its 2013 SEC Tournament play Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Arkansas on a goal by freshman Savannah Jordan.
SWIMMING AND DIVING: The top-ranked UF men (4-0, 3-0 SEC) and the third-ranked women (2-2, 2-1 SEC) swept Alabama at the O'Connell Center.
The Florida men captured 13 of 16 events and won the meet by a total of 169-123. The Florida women seized 15 of 16 events and won the meet by a total of 179-113.
Elizabeth Beisel led the Florida with a trio of wins. She placed first in the 100 backstroke (54.75), 200 backstroke (1:55.94) and 200 individual medley (2:01.04). Her 200 back was a season low, and all three times are NCAA B cuts.
Also for the Gators, sophomore Natalie Hinds took first in the 50 freestyle (23.07) and the 100 butterfly (54.29), sophomore Kahlia Warner fresh off of her first career SEC Diver of the Week award, swept the springboard events. Warner delivered a career best three-meter of 353.03 and a season best one-meter of 307.13 and sophomore Sinead Russell placed first in the 100 freestyle (50.63) and the 200 freestyle (1:46.97). Both times were season lows, and her 200 free was an NCAA B cut.
Nine different Gator men earned individual victory on the day, displaying the team's depth across the board.
Both Florida teams started the meet with a 1-2 finish in the 400 medley relay, setting the tone for the rest of the meet. The foursome of Russell, senior Hilda Luthersdottir, senior Ellese Zalewski and Hinds placed first in 3:39.42, which is a season best and the country's fifth best time. The men duplicated the success as sophomore Corey Main, junior Eduardo Solaeche Gomez, senior Marcin Cieslak and deBorde touched first in 3:13.39. That mark was .09 off of the Gators' nation leading relay.
The Florida men hold a 27-11 record over Alabama. The Gator women are 25-2 against Alabama.