Norfolk, Va. -
Florida Atlantic University swimming and diving opened day one of George Mason's Patriot Invitational on Thursday against some tough Division I squads including Drexel, Seton Hall, University of North Carolina-Wilmington and others. The men made their mark with two key wins as Ryan McIntire captured victory in the 1-meter dive and the 200-yard freestyle relay team claimed first place to open the night's finals.
"Today, the swimmers were eager to do a great job and show everyone how hard they have been working these last few months," said Head Swimming and Diving Coach Lara Preacco. "This means that we had many lifetime bests throughout the day, as well as some great races: individually and relays. Ultimately, what they need to take home from today, is how well they fought with and for each other. Today more than ever, I saw a team come together and inspire each other to be better. Today was a great day. Lastly, the divers had an incredible outing, with first and second-place finishes for Ryan (McIntire) and Miles (Miller), respectively...they were just amazing!"
Making A Splash
- What better way to start off the first night of finals than with a win? That's just what the 200-yard freestyle relay team of John Brennock, Cole Wisecarver, Colin Kozak and John Nolte did with a time of 1:22.01.
- Veteran diver Ryan McIntire had a celebration of his own as he claimed victory in the 1-meter with a final score of 306.25. Right behind him, with his best finish to-date, was Miles Miller in second place with a score of 273.05.
- Brennock was one hundredth of a second from surpassing his lifetime best after claiming second in the 50-yard freestyle (20.58). Nolte followed with a sixth-place finish (20.85).
- Sophomore Connor Hodges saw a career-best in the 500-yard freestyle after taking 10th place (4:35.45) in the final as did Joaquin Garcia Uribe who put up a time of 4:49.39 in the prelim earlier that morning.
- In the 200-yard IM, Marco Leo and Calvin Lillo were the Owls' top performers coming in 10th (1:53.29) and 11th (1:53.71), respectively.
- The men's team finished with 156 points after day one, which secured sixth in the rankings out of eight teams, as University of Maryland, Baltimore County is in the lead with a score of 212.
- The first final of the evening for the women featured the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Melanie Doan, Kyleigh Firman, Emily Summa and Hannah Roper, which had an impressive fourth-place finish (1:36.73).
- Lydia Musleh took eighth in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:10.01 after almost beating her personal best in the morning's preliminary race with a time of 2:07.89. Senior Hannah Roper swam well in the event with a time of 2:08.16 in the preliminary race and 2:08.43 in the final, which was good for 13th place.
- Junior Bailey Grabenhorst set a new personal best in the 500-yard freestyle prelim, surpassing her previous time by more than 14 seconds coming in at 5:08.72.Julia Alberti cut her prelim time by more than two seconds to finish 17th in the 500 free (5:05.02).
- Doan was the lone Owl to compete in the 50-yard freestyle final as she tied for 19th in 24.53 and had a preliminary race time of 24.48.
- After day one, the women are currently in eighth place out of nine teams with 55 points. Drexel University is in first-place with 267 total points.
The Owls go back to work tomorrow, Nov. 18, with prelims starting at 10 a.m., diving at noon, and finals beginning at 6 p.m. on day two of the Patriot Invitational. For news and updates, follow the team on Twitter @fauswimdive.