UF roundup: Men's swimming in third at NCAAs
Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 1:42 a.m.
After the first day of competition at the 2014 Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the top three teams are separated by single digits and the Florida Gators find themselves in third place after three school records and seven All-American swims. Florida has 137 points, nine behind first place Texas and eight behind second place California.
Last year's NCAA Champions, Michigan, is fourth with 109 points.
Senior Marcin Cieslak captured Florida's 42nd NCAA title and seventh 200 individual medley championship with the fourth fastest ever swim of 1:40.58. Florida last won the event when Bradley Ally took the title in 2010. Cieslak's time bested Ryan Lochte's Texas Swimming Center short course pool record and was the third fastest ever swim by a Gator. Florida now owns three of the four fastest swims ever in the event.
With the victory, Cieslak becomes only the 16th Gator to win multiple NCAA Championships in his career. After securing All-American honors in his first three years of competition in the event and finishing runner up in back-to-back years, Cieslak earned his first career individual national title. Cieslak was the top seed in qualifying after posting the eighth fastest ever and UF's then third best all-time mark of 1:41.15.
Florida put both junior Dan Wallace and freshman Mitch D'Arrigo in the championship final of the 500 freestyle. Wallace, the SEC Champion in the event, placed second in his first time swimming the event at NCAAs in a time of 4:11.62. Wallace's finish was his highest ever at the NCAA Championships after placing third last year in the 400 individual medley.
D'Arrigo took sixth with a mark of 4:15.75 and was one of two freshmen in the field. D'Arrigo and Wallace were the second and fourth fastest in qualifying after times of 4:12.68 and 4:13.51, respectively. D'Arrigo's swim ranked third in UF history.
Senior Brad deBorde took third in the 50 freestyle in a time of 18.98, missing the NCAA title by .03 seconds. The SEC Champion set UF's record time of 18.86 in the splash and dash to take the top seed in qualifying. The third place finish was the highest career finish for the senior from Longwood.
The 400 medley relay team of Corey Main, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Cieslak and deBorde set UF's school record in a time of 3:04.77. The effort pushed the Orange and Blue to second, which was the highest finish for the Gators in the race since winning the NCAA title in 1991.
The 200 free relay foursome of Sebastien Rousseau, deBorde, Main and Matt Curby broke UF's school record in qualifying with a time of 1:16.52, which gave them the fourth seed at night. In finals the championship finals,
the same group took fifth overall with a mark of 1:16.98. deBorde delivered the fastest 50 leadoff split of 18.97.
Solaeche-Gomez notched his first All-America honor of the meet with a consolation final win in the 200 IM. Solaeche-Gomez's swim of 1:42.67 was the sixth fastest time in UF history. The Spaniard qualified 14th with a time of 1:43.36, and earned a key nine points for the Orange and Blue with the move up.
Women's tennis: No. 4 Florida (13-4, 5-2 SEC) hosts Arkansas (7-5, 2-6) at the Ring Tennis Complex on campus starting at 3 p.m. on Friday.