TALLAHASSEE, Florida, November 16. THE Florida swimming and diving teams faced in-state rival Florida State Thursday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla. at the Morcom Aquatics Center. The Gators' No. 2 men's team defeated the No. 24 Seminoles 167-133 to improve to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC, while Florida's No. 11 women fell to No. 19 FSU 157-143 and are 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the SEC.
The Gators started out strong in the distance events by finishing one-two in the women's and men's 1000 free. Freshman Jessica Theilmann (Newcastle, England) took the win on the women's side with a time of 9:47.10 and junior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) was second touching in 9:51.21.
The men had a one-two-three finish as freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) was first in a time of 9:08.36, followed by fellow freshman Ryan Rosenbaum (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) with a 9:24.11 and sophomore Thomas Veale (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in third with a time of 9:27.64.
Junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) grabbed a win for the Gators in the 200 free, touching in a time of 1:39.80. Then sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) won the men's 100 breast in a time of 55.95 and junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) won the 200 fly with a 1:47.13.
In the 50 freestyle, freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) tied for first with FSU's Tiffany Oliver, as they simultaneously touched in 23.14 and junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) finishing second by only .03 seconds after stopping the clock at 20.20 for his best time of the season.
Florida's women then collected two-straight victories. Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) won the 200 back in a 1:57.36 and sophomore Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) touched first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:17.44.
A one-two-three finish in the men's 200 breast gave the Gators the lead on the men's side. Elliott had his second win on the day after finishing in 2:01.91, sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) was second in a time of 2:02.15 and sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) rounded out the top three with a 2:04.69.
In the 500 free, the Gators swept the top three spots on both the women's and men's side. Theilmann won her second event taking first in a 4:50.53, senior Jamie Bohunicky was second in a time of 4:51.08 and Mathieu finished third in 4:53.38.
With another one-two-three finish, junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) won the 500 free for the men in a time of 4:28.73. Coming in second was Frayler (4:28.88) and senior Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) was third with a 4:33.56.
Earning her second victory of the day was Hinds in the 100 fly (55.17) and Cieslak took the win for the men with a 48.28. Then Beisel, Rainer and freshman Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.) went one-two-three in the 200 IM for the women and Solaeche-Gomez, Cieslak and Wallace took the top three spots for the men to secure the win.
In diving, freshman Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.) was third on the one-meter boards and freshman Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio) took third on the three-meter. Senior Sean Saley (Pompano Beach, Fla.) finished second on the one-meter for the men and sophomore Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.) was the top finisher for the Gators on the three-meter as he took second.