BOCA RATON, Fla. - In the battle for the letter of A or I, the I proved the victor in Florida Atlantic University's Saturday morning swim meet featuring FAU, as host, versus FIU. FIU captured the women's only meet 179-118.
From Head Coach Lara Preacco
"Today, the ladies did a great job swimming smart races," said Preacco. "I believe they will continue to polish their skills in this taper phase, and have an incredible Conference Championship in Atlanta. I can't wait to see all the hard work they put in this year, come to fruition in two weeks. Thanks to our men's team for coming out in force to cheer them on ... so proud to be an Owl." Meet Notables
- The Owls opened the meet with a salute to the day's captain Bailey Grabenhorst. Mid-meet there was a definite barbeque smell, as if Super Bowl tailgating had started early. Upon further investigation, it was the FAU men's team truly tailgating at the women's meet, complete with hamburgers. The meet concluded with a cheer for FIU
- Spence Atkins captured the first race of the day by more than 30 seconds, swimming the 1000-yard free in 10:11.05. She later captured the 400 IM with a time of 4:25.36, nearly 12 seconds ahead of teammate Danica Garbett (4:37.41)
- Sharon Kok, Natalie Clausen and Lydia Musleh finished 2-4 in the 200 yard freestyle with times of 1:57.40, 1:57.49 and 1:59.75, respectively
- Abigail Marshall won the 100-yard back with a time of 58.43. Just one other swimmer was under the minute mark
- Danica Garbett won event six, the 200 yard butterfly, with a time of 2:08.13. She was followed by teammate Kara Wilkins with a 2:10.69 time
- Melanie Doan was the winner of the 100-yard free (0:54.45) while FAU's Kyleigh Firman, and Kelsey Witkay finished third (0:54.96) and fourth (55.01)
- Ana Neff-Jendrasko was third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:28.51 finish
- In the 500 free, FAU's Holly Hopson (5:15.82), Madison Rizzo (5:16.24) and Sharon Kok (5:16.63) placed three, four, and five
- Kyleigh Firman was third in the 100-yard butterfly (0:57.37)
- FAU diver Lauren Beyer faced five Panthers to complete the field of six. She tallied a score of 249.22 for a fifth place finish
The Owls will travel to the Conference USA women's swim meet scheduled for February 21-24 in Atlanta, Georgia. For live results of the meet visit www.fausports.com > schedule > select the appropriate day.