Atlanta, Ga. -
Florida Atlantic University swimming and diving set one record and 12 lifetime best on the final day of the Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships.
In the first event of the final day, senior Abbey King took sixth in the 1650 free with a time of 16:55.28. Junior Sahra El-Hamaki finished the event in 16th place recording a lifetime best time of 17:31.87. Right behind El-Hamaki was Julia Alberti claiming 17th place with a time of 17:37.06. Junior Breanna Saukas rounded out the group finishing 19th overall with a time of 18:33.17.
On the diving boards, Kiley Kuether was the top Owl performer in the platform dive. Kuether claimed 6th in the “A” final with a score of 205.40. The sophomore Alexa Elkins finished in 10th overall competing in the “B” final of the event with a score of 159.60. Also competing was Cory Melcher who finished in 15th with a score of 133.55.
Freshman Paulina Boeger had a strong swim in the 200 back earning ninth place recording a time of 1:59.08. Boeger set a lifetime best in this event and also set a freshman school and conference record. Boeger broke her previous record set in the prelims of the 200 back 2:01.53.
The next event was the 100 free, where senior Agnes Bucz recorded another top three finish earning a medal. Bucz tied for third with a final time of 50.32. Senior Katie Dodge was the next Owl to finish placing 13th with a final time of 51.84. Dodge set a lifetime best time in the final round after previously set one in the prelims of the 100 free (52.02). To round out the group, competing in the “C” final freshman Emily Summa placed 21st with a lifetime best time of 52.61. Summa also broke her record that was set earlier in the 100 free prelims (52.69).
Hannah Roper performed well again today earning fifth in the 200 breast with a lifetime best time of 2:17.47. Freshman Bailey Grabenhorst competed in the “C” final claiming 17th overall also setting a lifetime best time of 2:23.63. Teammate Claire Green was right behind her placing 20th with a time of 2:30.10.
The team of Bucz, Dodge, Summa, and Roper competed in the 400 relay to end the championships claiming fifth in the event with a time of 3:26.74.
In addition to the lifetime bests mentioned above, the following swimmers also put up career best times: Kyleigh Firman 100 Freestyle 53.37, Megan Digulla 100 Freestyle 53.98, Hannah Roper 200 Breaststroke 2:19.07, Megan Reuter 100 IM 1:01.08.
“Our Lady Owls had a great 2016 C-USA Conference. They fought through some very fast competition, and came out with many Freshmen, School Records, as well as Life Time Bests which lead the FAU Swimming & Diving Owls to achieve 4 podiums." Said Lara Preacco, Head Coach, "As a Team we will continue to work hard in and out of the pool to achieve even better results next year. Thanks to our seniors, for their hard work and dedication to FAU. GO OWLS!!!”
After four days of competition, the women finished in fifth place with a score of 380.5.