Athens, Ga. -
Florida Atlantic University diver Ryan McIntire defended his title in the 1-meter dive and claimed the Owls’ first win on day one of the 2017 Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Swimming and Diving Championships with a record-breaking score of 398.35. With the help of fellow diver Miles Miller and the 800-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams, FAU is in third place with a score of 162.
On Deck with Coach Preacco
“It was a great start to the meet for our men’s team with some exciting lifetime bests to lead off our relays as well as a great first-place finish from Ryan (McIntire) with a personal, school, CCSA and championship meet record,” said Head Swim and Dive Coach Lara Preacco.
Making A Splash
- McIntire, the reigning CCSA Diver of the Year, dove his way to the Owls’ first victory of the meet and defended his title by winning the 1-meter dive with a new CCSA, CCSA Championship meet and FAU record score of 398.35.
- Fellow diver Miles Miller also performed well coming in fourth in the 1-meter with a career best score of 324.85.
- In the first final of the evening, the 800-yard freestyle relay, the men’s team of Connor Smoak, Cole Wisecarver, Connor Hodges and Christian Pineiro took fourth place (6:43.25). Smoak led off the race with a lifetime best time of 1:41.00 while Wisecarver followed that up with an impressive 1:38.78.
- John Brennock, Phillip Crouch III, John Nolte and Colin Kozak capped off the first day of competition with a fourth-place finish (1:30.33) in the 200-yard medley relay. Brennock matched his personal best time as he was the first to hit the water and swam the 50-yard backstroke in 22.69. In the 200 medley “B” relay, Alex Taber set a lifetime best as he started the race for the group and swam the 50 back in 23.85.
- UMBC is currently in first place with a score of 187. The Owls are just four points shy of runner-up Old Dominion who has 166 points.
Day two of the CCSA Championships will begin with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and conclude with finals at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. The day’s events will include the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, 50-yard freestyle, 3-meter dive and 200-yard freestyle relay. The free live stream for both sessions can be found at www.BigSouthSports.com/Watch.