Athens, Ga. -
Florida Atlantic University men’s swimming and diving took three bronze medals at the 2017 Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Championships on Friday night as the Owls set 18 lifetime bests throughout the course of the day. Senior John Nolte took third in the 100-yard butterfly, John Brennock earned the same in the 100-yard backstroke and the men’s 400-yard medley relay team claimed the Owls’ last bronze to conclude the evening.
On Deck with Coach Preacco
"Great battles today from all of our swimmers, who stepped it up and showed great determination in every race," said Head Swim and Dive Coach Lara Preacco. "Good job to (John) Nolte, John (Brennock) and our 400 medley relay for three podiums and posting splits very close to our school records."
Making A Splash
- Sophomore Marco Leo began the night with a sixth-place finish in the 400-yard IM championship final with a lifetime best time of 4:00.93. In the “B” final, Calvin Lillo came in third (4:05.33) and Aaron Spence followed in seventh with a personal best (4:09.16).
- Nolte did not disappoint in the 100 fly as he took third and beat his personal best time by nearly two seconds (48.78). Michael Rahrig, Sean Arrington and Colin Kozak came in 11th, 12th and 13th overall in the event. Rahrig and Kozak set career-best times of 49.93 and 50.24 while Arrington posted a 50.16.
- In the 200-yard freestyle “A” final, Cole Wisecarver blew his lifetime best time out of the water as he swam a 1:39.67, which was good for fifth. The “B” final featured Connor Smoak, who took seventh (1:42.78), and Shawn String competed in the “C” final where he placed fourth in 1:45.39.
- Phillip Crouch III represented the Owls in the 100-yard breaststroke claiming 10th overall and second in the “B” final with a new career-best time (56.77).
- With the second medal of the night, John Brennock claimed third in the 100 back with a personal best time of 48.67. Pineiro followed in eighth posting a 50.26. Alex Taber came in fourth in the “B” final and set a new lifetime best (50.36).
- To cap off a successful day of competition, the team of Brennock, Crouch, Nolte and Wisecarver claimed the men’s third bronze medal of the night with a 3:20.07 in the 400 medley relay.
- The men are now in fourth place with a score of 763. UMBC has maintained their first-place spot with 1,001 points followed by Gardner-Webb in second (827) and Incarnate Word in third (827).
- Leo put up a 4:02.98 to be the Owls only swimmer to move onto the 400 IM “A” final. Lillo will compete in the “B” final after swimming a 4:05.71, and he will be joined by Spence who swam a lifetime best 4:10.78 in the prelims.
- In one of his signature events, Nolte will represent the Owls in the 100 fly “A” final after posting a personal best time of 49.27. Rahrig, Arrington and Kozak will swim in the “B” final. Rahrig and Kozak posted career-best times of 49.85 and 50.93 while Arrington came in at 50.20. Rounding out the group will be Hodges in the “C” final as finished the prelim race in 51.42.
- Wisecarver took fifth overall in the 200 free preliminary with a lifetime best time of 1:39.74 to move on to the “A” final. Smoak will be the lone Owl in the “B” final as he claimed a time of 1:42.35 while String will compete in the “C” race as he saw a prelim time of 1:45.58.
- Crouch just missed an “A” cut in the 100-breast prelim with a personal best 56.86. Teammate Matthew Menendez also set a new lifetime best in the 200-yard freestyle time trails (1:44.63).
- Brennock will take part in the 100 back championship final as he closed out the morning for FAU with a career-best 48.62 in the event. Pineiro will join him as he took seventh in the prelims (50.26) with a new personal best. Taber will compete in the “B” race after posting a lifetime best 50.72.
The CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 18. The day will begin with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and end with finals at 6 p.m. The day’s events will include the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard freestyle “A” relay. The free live stream for both sessions can be found at www.BigSouthSports.com/Watch. You can also follow the team on Twitter @fauswimdive for live updates throughout the meet.