Feb. 1, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - In the first of their final two home meets of the season, the Florida Atlantic University men's and women's swimming and diving teams hosted Conference USA rival FIU on Friday afternoon. The Owls collected four first-place finishes against the Panthers.
Highlighting the meet was a special ceremony held during the second diving break. The swimming and diving teams partnered with Team IMPACT allowing 11-year old Madeline Food to join the Owls as an honorary member. Team IMPACT is a program that helps to enhance the lives of kids with life-threatening illnesses by matching them with college athletic teams. Madeline suffers from chromosome 7p duplication syndrome, chromosome 10p duplication/10q deletion syndrome, and Sprengel's Deformity. As an honorary member of FAU's swimming and diving team, the student-athletes will serve as mentors as Madeline pursues her dream of qualifying for the Special Olympics.
For the women's team, FAU started the day with a second-place finish (1:47.60) in the 200 yard medley relay. The team consisted of Iwona Lefanowicz, Hannah Roper, Frida Nilsson and Rachel Crino. In the following women's event, Agnes Bucz recorded a final time of 10:25.43 in the 100 yard freestyle for second-place. Lefanowicz clinched FAU's first win of the day in the 100 yard back clocking in at 57.53.
In the 200 yard butterfly, the Owls collected two top-three finishes with Anett Kovacs in the lead for the event. Kovacs hit the pad in 2:03.52, nearly five-seconds faster than the next finisher. Teammate Laura Conoscenti finished third with a final time of 2:11.08. Nilsson also recorded a first-place finish at the meet with a final time of 24.45 in the 50 yard freestyle. She then finished with the top time in the 100 yard butterfly (57.00). Katie Dodge hit the pad first in the 100 yard freestyle with a final time of 53.43.
FAU's men's team swam unopposed at the meet. The top team in the 200 yard medley relay consisted of Alen Dervisevic, Kameron Sipowski, Matthieu Burtez and John Walsh who clocked in at 1:37.30. John Nolte hit the pad first in the 1000 yard freestyle with a final time of 10:18.54 nearly 10-seconds faster than the next finisher. Kameron Sipowski finished first in the 100 yard breaststroke clocking in at 59.22. Burtez took the top times in the 50 yard free (24.45), 100 yard free (46.66) and 200 yard IM (1:56.73).
The Owls compete next on Saturday at 11 a.m. when they host Indian River State College and FGCU in their final regular season meet.