Beach Leads Florida on Final Day of NCAA Championships
AUSTIN, Texas – Clark Beach led the Gators on the final day of the 2019 NCAA Championships with a First-Team All-American honor in the 200 Back. The University of Florida men’s swimming team closed out the season at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Saturday. UF finished in sixth place with 164 points.
For the seventh-straight year, Florida placed the highest of any SEC program at the NCAA Championships.
The Gators collected 16 All-American nods, six first team and 10 honorable mention, throughout the four-day meet. The 800 Free Relay (Baqlah, Smith, Freeman, Rooney), Kieran Smith (200 IM, 400 IM), the 400 Medley Relay (Stokowski, Guarente, Rooney, Main), Maxime Rooney (100 Fly), and Beach (200 Back) all earned First-Team All-American accolades.
The 200 Free Relay (Rooney, Davis, Main, Smith), Trey Freeman (500 Free), Khader Baqlah (500 Free, 200 Free), Grant Sanders (400 IM), Kacper Stokowski (100 Back), 200 Medley Relay (Stokowski, Guarente, Smith, Davis), Robert Finke (1,650 Free), Smith (200 Back), and the 400 Free Relay (Rooney, Smith, Main, Szaranek) all earned honorable mention nods.
Beach followed his morning swim with another stellar time. He clocked a 1:39.68 and