Oct. 23, 2010
Atlanta, Ga. - The Florida Atlantic University men's swimming and diving team posted four event victories among 20 top-five performances in a triangular meet against Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky University on Saturday in Atlanta, Ga.
The Owls suffered a loss by a 185-113 score to Sun Belt Conference opponent WKU and fell 195-97 to Georgia Tech.
Junior Csaba Pek paced the Owls' effort with two event victories and a runner-up showing in his three individual races. The Budapest, Hungary native won in dramatic fashion in the 200-yard backstroke, edging Western Kentucky's Adam Dajka by three-tenths of a second with a time of 1:52.80. He trailed with 50-yards remaining before rebounding with a strong final stage. Pek also came in first in the 200-yard individual medley (1:54.54) and was second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:37.32).
Senior Adam Corbin won in dominating fashion in the 500-yard freestyle event, scoring a three-second victory (4:38.23). He also earned a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.80).
Meanwhile, junior Mikolaj Czarnecki also had a flare for the dramatic in winning the 200-yard butterfly race. He held off a charge from WKU's Nick Slattery to win the event by three-tenths of a second.
Sophomore Eric Williams recorded two top-five finishes with fourth-place efforts in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races. Senior Michael Shimansky finished fourth in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:43.76) while senior David Rudolf had two top-five performances, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke event (1:53.17). Sophomore Alan Forbes had a fourth place in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.58).
In diving, freshman Ryan King earned fifth-place honors in both the 1- and 3-meter boards.
The Owls will return to the pool for a road dual meet against Nova Southeastern University on Friday, October 29 in Davie, Fla., starting at 2 p.m.
************************************* (Women's Swimming and Diving Recap)
Three event victories and seven top-five efforts highlighted the Florida Atlantic University women's swimming and diving team in performances against Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky University in Saturday's triangular meet in Atlanta, Ga.
The Owls dropped both dual matches, falling 214-75 to Georgia Tech and 210-85 to WKU. Standout sophomore Eszter Bucz extended her winning streak to 10 races after three more first-place finishes on Saturday. The Budapest, Hungary native edged a WKU Hilltopper for the top spot in the 100-yard breaststroke by a half-second, winning in 1:04.24. She came from behind to win the 200-yard breaststroke event (2:18.58) and had a three-second victory in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.45).
Junior Jonna Nyback tallied three top-five performances, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.92). The Koping, Sweden native also had a fourth-place effort in the 100-yard freestyle (53.11) and came home in fifth place in the 50-yard freestyle (24.80).
In diving, sophomore Maegan Butler had another strong day with runner-up honors on the 3-meter board (245.20 points) and third place off the 1-meter board (253.85 points).
Other strong FAU performances included junior Erin Hersey, finishing in seventh place in both the 100- and 200-yard butterfly races; sophomore Michala Nowak, who had a sixth-place showing in the 1,000-yard freestyle event; and freshman Emily Scraggs, who earning a sixth in the 200-yard freestyle.
The Owls will return to the pool on Friday, October 29 in a road dual meet against Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla., starting at 2 p.m.