Nov. 22, 2009
Eszter Bucz tentatively qualified for the NCAA Division I national championships to highlight Florida Atlantic University women's swimming and diving team's strong performance on Sunday in the final day of the Georgia Tech Invitational.
Bucz, a freshman from Budapest, Hungary, placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke event with a time of 2:15.08 - good enough to top the preliminary qualifying time for the 2010 NCAA championships. The finish was the top performance by an Owl swimmer in the invitational, was a three-second improvement over her time in the preliminary heat race, and tallied 17 team points. Bucz also swam the second leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed seventh for 24 more points.
FAU collected 54 points on Sunday to finish in sixth in the nine-team invitational, which featured many of the south's best teams. FAU's strong Sunday performance placed the team ahead of rival Florida International University and Auburn University. The meet also featured teams from the University of Florida, Florida State University, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, Georgia Tech and Gardner-Webb University.
Bucz was determined to leave her best performance on the final day of the invitational.
"I really wanted to get a (possible NCAA meet) qualifying time and thought it could happen in the 200-yard breaststroke. I still want to get better and hopefully improve my time even better," said Bucz, who believes that the individual medley and breaststroke events might be her best swimming strokes. "The team did a good job this weekend, with a lot of people setting season-best times. It gives us a lot of confidence going forward for the rest of the season."
Nyback continued her strong performance in the invitational by collecting a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle event in 51.47. She helped account for 92 points through performances in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events and three relay races in the meet.
Rounding FAU's scorers on Sunday was sophomore Ewa Jamborska, who had a 16th place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. That was good for one team point.
FAU Men's Swimming and Diving Team Finishes Sixth Among Strong National Field in Georgia Tech Invitational
The Florida Atlantic University men's swimming and diving team kept its best performance for the final day of the Georgia Tech Invitational, collecting points by three individual events and one relay to place sixth among a strong field of the south's best NCAA Division I teams.
The Owls tallied 64 of their 164 team points on Sunday to move ahead of Gardner-Webb University in the eight-team meet, which also featured national contenders University of Florida and Florida State University, along with Clemson University, North Carolina State University, Georgia Tech and Auburn University.
Four FAU swimmers reached the final round of the 200-yard breaststroke event and their performances accounted for 23 team points. Freshman Alex Rodriguez led the team's effort in the race with an eighth-place finish in 2:05.20. Sophomore Csaba Pek collected his second top-10 performance in the meet with a 10th place finish in 2:08.15. Fellow sophomore Henry Samuel came home in 12th place while junior Rafael Pena was 20th.
The Owls also had an impressive performance in the 1,650-yard freestyle event with four swimmers finishing among the top 16 finishers. Junior Michael Shimansky led the way with a 12th place finish, senior Jonathan Van Zee was 13th, Pena was 15th and senior Dan Brancaccio was 16th.
Another top individual performance for the Owls on Sunday included Pek's 14th place finish in the 200-yard backstroke.
The Owls will open their home season with a triangular meet on December 18 against Northwestern University and Clemson. Action is scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m. at the FAU Aquatic Center.
Georgia Tech Invitational - Final Women's Team Results
1. Florida State, 977.5; 2. Florida, 933.5; 3. Clemson, 471; 4. Georgia Tech, 392.5; 5. North Carolina State, 338; 6. Gardner-Webb, 197.5; 7. Florida Atlantic, 154 ; 8. Florida International, 117; 9. Auburn, 42.
Georgia Tech Invitational - Final Men's Team Results
1. Florida State, 1055; 2. Florida, 787; 3. Clemson 486; 4. Georgia Tech 453; 5. North Carolina State 340; 6. Florida Atlantic 164 ; 7. Gardner-Webb 141; 8. Auburn 61.