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FAU Men's Swimming & Diving Earns First Win of the Year

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Oct. 22, 2016


Florida Atlantic University swimming and diving saw the men make their mark in their first official meet of the season as they claimed a 137-125 win over Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) opponent Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The men opened and closed the meet with victories, racking up a total of seven wins and 20 top-three finishes. The women made a splash of their own as they saw a win from freshman Sharon Kok and 11 top-five finishes from both newcomers and veterans.

Coach’s Quote
“The team did a great job coming together and pushing each other to achieve a great win on the men’s side against our CCSA rival Gardner-Webb,” said Head Coach Lara Preacco. “A lot of freshmen have stepped up to the plate and really made a difference in helping the team succeed. I also want to thank my assistant coaches for making this first ‘rescheduled’ away meet a success as well as our proud parents for making the trip to support us.”

Making A Splash
  • In the first official competition race for the men, the team of John Brennock, John Nolte, Colin Kozak and Connor Smoak claimed their first victory of the season in the 200-yard medley relay (1:34.97).
  • Team captain and senior Nolte had another strong performance in the 100-yard freestyle taking first in 47.49. Smoak came in second with a time of 48.45.
  • In the 50-yard freestyle, Nolte finished just seven 100 hundredths of a second behind the victor with a time of 21.56. Smoak followed in third with a time of 21.93 in the 50 free.
  • Brennock struck again with a win in the 200-yard backstroke (1:56.39). He also had a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (51.21).
  • With a win of his own, Michael Rahrig swam the 200-yard butterfly in 1:55.43. Sean Arrington was close behind in third with a time of (1:59.63).
  • Marco Leo represented the Owls well in the 100-yard butterfly coming in first with a time of 52.08 as Arrington was on his heels taking second in 52.20. Leo also saw a victory in the 200 yard IM as he swam the race in 1:57.24 while Calvin Lillo came in second (1:57.98).
  • Newcomer Phillip Crouch III had a second-place finish of his own in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.36) followed by John Legge in third (1:00.75).
  • Legge and Mitchell Irwin held it down for the men in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing second (2:10.94) and third (2:13.86), respectively.
  • Shawn String went the distance in the 1000-yard freestyle taking third in 10:10.35. Also racking up a third-place finish was Connor Hodges in the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.42).
  • The men went out with a bang as Brennock, Christian Pineiro, Smoak and Nolte took first in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:08.65) to secure the team win.
  • The women saw their first win of the day from freshman Sharon Kok who had a time of 1:56.69 in the 200-yard freestyle. Later in the meet, Kok had a strong finish in the 200 IM as she swam a 2:13.76 to place fifth.
  • Again freshman Danielle Zacharias stood out beginning the meet with a third-place finish in the 1000 free (10:42.82). Coming in fourth was Julia Alberti with a time of 10:45.09.
  • Senior team captain Hannah Roper claimed fourth-place in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:27.88 and was the top finisher in the 100 breast taking fifth (1:07.80).
  • In a race to the finish, Melanie Doan tied for fifth in the 50 free coming in as the Owls’ top finisher at 25.40. Lydia Musleh also lead her races for FAU taking fourth in the 200 free (1:58.36), just one hundredth of a second behind the third-place swimmer, and fifth in the 100 free (55.33).
  • The 200 medley relay team of Alexis DeLisle, Roper, Kelsey Witkay and Emily Summa started the day finishing fourth in 1:50.30. The 400 freestyle relay team completed the meet for the women as they saw a fourth-place finish from Doan, Witkay, Summa and DeLisle (3:41.59).
  • The Owls were edged out by North Florida (153-109), UNC Asheville (160.5-101.5) and Gardner-Webb (193.5-68.5).
Up Next
The Owls have a busy schedule next week as they travel to Fort Pierce, Fla. to take on Indian River State College on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. and then come straight home to host Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. You can catch all the action on Twitter by following @fauswimdive.



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