UF Roundup: Gators take all three men's individual swimming events
Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:33 p.m.
ATHENS, Ga. — The top-ranked Florida men kept up the Southeastern Conference swimming championship momentum after winning two relays opening night by winning all three individual swimming events on day two Wednesday.
The Florida program has broken two SEC records and five school records in 10 possible events so far.
Not only did the Gators win the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley to open up the second day of the meet, but they secured gold and silver in both events. Junior Dan Wallace captured his first SEC title with a 500 freestyle SEC meet and UF record time of 4:10.73. Wallace's time bested the SEC record set in 2011 by Conor Dwyer and represented the first Gator victory in that event since Dwyer's triumph. Freshman Mitch D'Arrigo, the top seed heading into finals, delivered UF's third fastest all-time swim of 4:12.73 for second.
A pair of Olympic seniors led a 1-2 finish for Florida in the 200 IM. Sebastien Rousseau out-touched teammate Marcin Cieslak 1:42.22-1:42.34 for the SEC crown.
Senior Brad deBorde became the first Florida swimmer in program history to break the 19-second barrier in the 50 freestyle en route to his second SEC title in the event. deBorde's win in a time of 18.88 represents the second UF win in the event in the last 21 years.
In the women's meet, Elizabeth Beisel set UF's record in the 200 individual medley (1:54.26) and beat the previous meet record in the 200 individual medley in a silver medal performance.
Softball: Top-ranked Florida won its home opener Wednesday, defeating Jacksonville University 6-0 at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium.
Lauren Haeger pitched a four-hit shutout with no walks and seven strikeouts, improving to 4-0 on the year. The junior also contributed offensively, blasting a two-run home run for her team-leading fifth homer of the year in the fifth inning.
Left fielder Taylore Fuller opened the scoring with a leadoff homer in the third, her third home run of the season.
“I thought we had a lot of good performances,” UF coach Tim Walton said. “We had some good at-bats, really good defensive plays and, obviously, a lot of good hitting.
“Taylore Fuller is getting it going. Really good baserunning by Taylor Schwarz to make some things happen. Overall, I thought there were a lot of bright spots.”
Lacrosse: No. 7 Florida (2-1) continues a four-game homestand at 6:30 p.m. today against James Madison.
Women's basketball: The Gators(17-8, 7-5 SEC) return to the O'Connell Center tonight when they host Missouri (15-10, 4-8) starting at 7.
“I said this before and even though that number is getting smaller and smaller and the end of the conference season is getting closer and closer, the only thing we're really going to be focused on is Missouri because that's all we can control,” UF coach Amanda Butler said. “We can't look at what we need to do over four games. We have to look at Thursday and it will be a one-game season for us.
“We get a chance to rebound here at home and get another significant win. We have to do everything we can to get ourselves ready for that.”