Sept. 11, 2012
Swimming truly is an international sport here at FAU. Last season, the men's team was led by now-departed seniors Mikolaj Czarnecki (Lublin, Poland) and Csaba Pek (Budapest, Hungary). On the women's side, another Hungarian, Eszter Bucz, won two SBC championships and holds part of four current FAU school record times.
Bucz returns for her senior season, along with another Budapest native, sophomore Anett Kovacs, and two more sophomores, Iwona Lefanowicz (Lublin, Poland) and Frida Nilsson (Nyköping, Sweden). One of the men's divers back from last season is Gregory Cox, who originally hails from White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.
In addition, three new freshmen joining the team for this season are Bucz's younger sister and Budapestian Agnes; Nairobi, Kenya native Talisa Lanoe; and Matthieu Burtez, from Marseille, France. Three other freshmen were born outside of the states and went to high school in Florida: Aaron Custodio (Pasay City, Philippines and Naples), Mauricio Hidalgo (Lima, Peru and Coral Springs) and Stephanie Moeller (Roskilde, Denmark and Boca Raton). Not to be outdone is the coaching staff. Longtime assistant Oliver Agh is not only an FAU graduate, but was a member of both the Hungarian National and Olympic teams, and hired this offseason was another FAU alumae in Lara Preacco, who was also a former Swiss National and Olympic team member.
The teams hit the pool this Saturday for an intrasquad meet at the FAU Athletic Center, and start the 2012-2013 season at the All-Florida Invite in Gainesville, September 28-30.