Boca Raton, Fla. -
Florida Atlantic University swimming and diving opened the new year with a bang as the men saw two more wins over Division I opponents on Monday afternoon, which included a victory over Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) rival Old Dominion.
“This was a fantastic start to the year as the men now have two wins against conference opponents (Gardner-Webb and Old Dominion),” said Head Swim and Dive Coach Lara Preacco. “On our first day back, the swimmers and divers raced well and left it all in the pool. They did a great job and set a good foundation for conference.”
Making A Splash
- The men’s team finished with a final score of 143-98 over ODU and took the win against NJIT 185-54. This marks the team’s third win over a Division I opponent this season, which is the most the team has seen since Coach Preacco took over the program. This is also the second win of the year over a CCSA opponent, as the men defeated Gardner-Webb in their first official meet of 2016.
- John Brennock, Phillip Crouch III, John Nolte and Colin Kozak came out swimming as they began the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay (1:34.19).
- The Owls then combined for a one, two, three finish in the 200-yard freestyle with Nolte leading the way (1:44.07) followed by Connor Hodges (1:44.76) and Cole Wisecarver (1:45.23).
- Not to be outdone by his fellow swimmers, Brennock saw an individual victory of his own in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.06.
- Ryan McIntire decided to join in the fun as he took first place in both the 1-meter (320.80) and 3-meter (289.50) dives. This marks the graduate student’s fourth wins in each event this season.
- The veteran Nolte struck again in the 100-yard freestyle as he took first in 46.62. Brennock answered by finishing first in the 100-yard backstroke (51.31). This is the junior’s fifth win in the 100 back this year.
- With an impressive swim of his own, Hodges claimed first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:43.05, which was more than seven seconds ahead of the runner-up.
- Finally, to end the night, Crouch saw a win in the 100-yard breaststroke putting up a personal best time of 58.44.
- In the first solo event of the night, junior Bailey Grabenhorst finished just under 11 minutes (10:59.99) to earn third place in the 1000-yard freestyle.
- The women’s first win came from freshman Sharon Kok in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.06). That notches four wins for her in the 200 free to date. She also took first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:13.96), which is her third victory of the year in that event.
- Fellow freshman Melanie Doan had a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a solid time of 25.08. Alexis DeLisle also saw second place in the 100-yard freestyle (54.55).
- Diver Lauren Beyer earned first in the 3-meter dive (212.30) by a big margin and fell just short in the 1-meter (182.00) to take second.
- The women had a final score of 86 to ODU’s 151.
The Owls will welcome the University of Florida to the FAU Aquatic Center on Friday, Jan. 6 at 11:30 a.m.