Jan. 4, 2014
MIAMI, Fla. – In their first meet of the new year, the Florida Atlantic University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams returned to familiar territory for the FIU Invitational at the Biscayne Bay Campus Aquatic Center. The Owls’ performance was highlighted by six first place finishes with Agi Bucz and Frida Nilsson each posting two wins.
Bucz hit the pad first in the 200 yard freestyle with a final time of 1:54.16. The sophomore was followed by teammates Katie Dodge and Anett Kovacs to put three Owls in the top five. Dodge finished in third with a time of 1:55.76 while Kovacs took fifth in 1:56.50. Bucz’s second victory came in the 100 yard freestyle, finishing in 53.08. Dodge took fourth place in the event with a time of 54.03. Bucz also posted a fourth place finish in the 100 yard IM clocking in at 1:00.47, just .02 behind the third place finisher.
Nilsson dominated in the 50 yard butterfly and 100 yard butterfly. The junior tied for first in the 50 fly posting a time of 26.07. She then claimed first in the 100 fly earning a mark of 57.10. Nilsson also competed in the 50 yard freestyle, finishing in 24.64 for third-place.
The women’s team also earned points from top five finishes by Iwona Lefanowicz, Anett Kovacs, Katie Dodge and Morgan Wankling. Lefanowicz continued to excel in the backstroke, finishing second in the 100 yard (58.20) and third in the 50 yard (28.12). Kovacs finished third in the 500 yard freestyle clocking in at 5:09.41. Dodge finished just seconds behind Kovacs placing fifth in 5:12.02. Wankling was the women’s team’s top finisher in the 1 meter and 3 meter springboard with a score of 242.90 and 248.55, respectively.
For the men’s swimming events, Matthieu Burtez posted the top finish with a time of 21.91 in the 50 yard freestyle, good for third place. Kameron Sipowski finished sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke with a final time of 1:00.77 while Richard Andrews also collected a sixth place finish clocking in at 1:45.68 in the 200 yard freestyle.
Overall, FAU’s women’s team finished fourth out of 10 teams including the University of New Mexico who finished in first, Duquesne University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, UNF, The College of Saint Rose and Coe College along with Conference USA rivals FIU and Old Dominion University. The men’s team also finished fourth, competing against nine teams including Old Dominion in first, Grand Valley State, Eastern Michigan, Lobo Aquatic Club, New Jersey Institute of Technology, The College of Saint Rose, Romapo College and Coe College.
The men’s and women’s diving teams will compete tomorrow in Coral Springs, Fla. at 10 a.m. FAU will then host Western Kentucky on Saturday, January 11 at 10:30 a.m.