Sophomore Csaba Pek provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with a third place showing in the 400-yard IM while women climb to fourth place
Feb. 20, 2010
Sophomore Csaba Pek posted a provisionally qualifying time for the NCAA Championships to highlight the Florida Atlantic University men's swimming and diving team's performance during the third day of the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Friday night in Nashville, Tenn.
The Owls stand in fourth place in the team standings with 336 points. Western Kentucky University holds a 10-point lead over University of Denver in the competitive meet. The University of New Orleans rounds out the top three scores with 411 points.
Pek placed third in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:54.31, a performance that was three seconds better than the NCAA Championship provisionally qualifying time. The finish was nearly one second better than his first-place finish in the preliminary round.
Sophomore Mikolaj Czarnecki finished seventh in the 100-yard butterfly, and was a member of the fourth place 400-yard medley relay team. Swimming other legs of the relay race were junior David Rudolf and sophomores Henry Samuel and Anthony Fermin.
Samuel would earn a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.48 seconds) to gain valuable 13 points to the team score.
The conference championships conclude on Saturday with seven events being completed. The day begins with preliminary competition starting at 11 a.m. and finals set to start at 6 p.m.
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Winning one event and have a runner up finish in another helped the Florida Atlantic University women's swimming and diving team move into fourth place heading into Saturday's final day of the Sun Belt Conference Championship in Nashville, Tenn.
The Owls have totaled 251 points over the first three days and now find themselves 12 points ahead of the University of New Orleans in the battle for fourth place. Western Kentucky University leads the field by nearly 100 points while the University of North Texas is in second place and the University of Denver rounds out the top three teams.
Freshman Eszter Bucz won the second event of the championships with a freshman school record time (4:20.31) in the 400-yard individual medley. The Budapest, Hungary native broke FAU Athletic Hall of Famer Noemi Lung's freshman mark from the 1991 season. It was the second record-setting performance by Bucz and both of those times beat records set by Lung, the head coach of Sun Belt Conference rival Florida International University.
Also contributing mightily to FAU's team score was sophomore Jonna Nyback, who placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.35). The Koping, Sweden native had a slight lead heading into the final 50 yards of the race.
Fellow sophomore Ewa Jamborska had a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.84) to earn 12 points to the team score.
Bucz and Nyback both were members of the 200-yard medley relay team that took home fourth place honors. Other team members were sophomores Elizabeth Starke and Erin Hersey.