Feb. 3, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla.- Florida Atlantic University's men's and women's swimming and diving teams hosted Indian River State College and FGCU on Saturday morning in the Owls final home meet of the season. Anett Kovacs and Matthieu Burtez concluded the meet as FAU's top finishers both collecting multiple wins.
Kovacs hit the pad in 10:24.44 in the 1000 yard freestyle clinching first-place. The native of Budapest, Hungary went on to win the 200 yard butterfly with a final time of 2:04.70. Matthieu Burtez recorded three wins on the day starting with the 200 yard freestyle. Teammate John Walsh finished the event third with a final time of 1:45.91. Burtez clocked in at 1:39.93, nearly five-seconds faster than the second finisher. The sophomore then collected wins in the 100 yard freestyle with a final time of 46.04 and the 500 yard freestyle hitting the pad in 4:39.30. FAU's Richard Andrews followed Burtez in the 500 free taking second-place honors with a final time of 4:47.20.
Andrews also finished second in the 1000 yard free with a final time of 9:53.13. Agnes Bucz finished the day as one of the women's team's top finishers with a first-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle clocking in at 1:52.31. She then took second-place honors in the 100 yard freestyle with a final time of 52.40. Iwona Lefanowicz captured second-place in the 100 yard backstroke (57.55) and the 200 yard backstroke (2:03.40), missing the top finish by less than a second. Torbjorn Persson was FAU's top finisher in the 50 yard freestyle with a final time of 21.53, good for second-place. Frida Nilsson came in third in the 100 yard butterfly recording a final time of 57.97.
On the diving team, Morgan Wankling posted FAU's top scores for the women's events. The freshman finished second in both the 1 meter dive (259.57) and the 3 meter dive (240.65). The Owls were unopposed in the men's diving events. Tyler Aycock received the top score in the 1 meter dive with a final score of 300.55 followed by Greg Cox with 284.65 points. Cox then received the top score in the 3 meter dive (340.85) followed by Ryan McIntire (331.25.)
The diving team will compete in their final regular season meet at the 2014 All Star Challenge. The three-day event is scheduled to begin on Friday, Feb. 7 in Orlando, Fla. The men's and women's swimming teams will now prepare for the Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, Feb. 25.