UF roundup: Swimming and diving adds SEC titles
Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.
ATHENS, Ga. — The top-ranked Florida men jumped into first place in the overall standings after two more individual wins on the third day of competition at the Southeastern Conference Championships. The Gator women earned their first two SEC championships of the meet, and stand in second place out of the 12-team field.
The Florida men have captured seven out of a possible nine swimming championships so far, which is two more than the reigning conference champions had in 2013. The Gators executed in prelims and put 10 men in the ‘A’ final and five women in the ‘A’ final on day three.
Elizabeth Beisel captured her fourth consecutive 400 individual medley SEC title to become the conference’s second swimmer to win the event in all four years of eligibility. Beisel and yesterday’s 200 IM SEC Champion Georgia’s Melanie Margalis flipped finishes, as Beisel used a strong backstroke leg of 59.24 to separate herself from the pack and finish in the nation’s fastest time of 3:59.26.
Ellese Zalewski won her first career SEC title with a gold medal finish in the 100 butterfly. Zalewski out-touched the field with an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 51.58.
Marcin Cieslak won his first individual and third total SEC Championship of the meet. Cieslak added .10 to his fastest time in the nation from prelims, but still won the 100 fly title for the third time in his career with a mark of 45.69.
Sebastien Rousseau earned his second individual SEC gold of the meet after beating Cieslak in the 200 IM last night. Rousseau stopped the clock in an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:33.23, and touched the wall ahead of UF’s Mitch D’Arrigo (1:33.95).
Sophomore attack Carly Ross scored a career-high five goals to help lead the No. 7 lacrosse team past James Madison, 21-8, on Thursday night at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. A total of seven Gators scored, each with multiple goals.
"Defensively, our entire defensive unit did a phenomenal job tonight," UF coach Amanda O'Leary said. "They made adjustments in game and I’m really proud of everyone’s performance on the defensive end of the field. Offensively, I was very happy to see how much we shared the ball tonight and those numbers really speak for themselves.”
Reigning ALC Offensive Player of the Week Shannon Gilroy also scored a team-leading five goals and added a career-high three assists for a game-high eight points.
“Shannon had another monstrous game," O'Leary said. "She came into a face guard situation and used it to better her teammates. Shannon played very unselfishly tonight and she did a great job of finding her teammates on the field.
The Gators finish their four-game home stand on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., when they host Cincinnati at Dizney Stadium.
Following a stretch of five games in six days at McKethan Stadium, the No. 20 Gators (4-1) head to Coral Gables for a weekend series with Sunshine State rival No. 17 Miami (2-2). Junior lefty Bobby Poyner (1-0, 0.00) will face Hurricane junior left-hander Chris Diaz (1-0, 1.80) in Friday’s opener at 7 p.m.