Feb. 17, 2005
The Florida Atlantic University men's and women's swim teams opened competition in the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Thursday with a strong showing. The teams earned three first-place finishes on the first day of the three day event.
The men's team started off strong winning the first event of the meet. Pavel Babaev, Kenny Anderson, Rich Marzonie and Eren Onurlu swam a time of 1:22.44 in the 200 free relay. The time was only .42 off of the school record set last season.
Christian Baker advanced to the finals of the 500 free and placed eighth after touching the wall in 4:39.62, while freshman Kevin Bartells finished sixth in the 200 IM in 1:54.58.
In the 500 free, FAU women filled up five of the eight spots in the finals. Geni Burts (Pembroke Pines, FL) won the event with a time of 4:55.32. Four freshman followed up in the finals to add an additional 54 points to the team score. Jenny Harms finished third (4:59.13), Shawna Griffith fifth (5:03.03), Brittany Fabry sixth (5:06.40) and Colleen Lehane eighth (5:12.58).
Senior captain Valeria Dalmastro won top honors in the 50 free by swimming a 23.65. The men had three swimmers advance to the finals of the 50 free. Eren Onurlu swam a time of 20.74 for fourth followed by Pavel Babaev's 21.06 (6th) and Kenny Anderson's 21.40 (8th).
Diver Nick McMahon picked up 14 points for the men's team after posting a score of 234.15 in the 1-meter event.
The meet continues through Saturday in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1. Western Kentucky--254
3. Florida Atlantic--219
4. New Mexico State--92
6. North Texas--89
7. Arkansas-Little Rock--46
1. Western Kentucky--288
3. Florida Atlantic--200