ATHENS, Ga. -- Numerous members of the Florida Atlantic University men's swimming and diving team set new career times on Friday at the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Championship.
Saturday will be the final day of the tournament and a champion will be crowned.
Friday was a record day for several Owls. Overall, 14 lifetime best times were achieved on the day.
Colin Kozak highlighted the day for FAU, earning the silver medal in the 200 yard freestyle. He swam a career best time of 1:39.33 to make the podium. Three other Owls had top 10 finishes in the 200 free. Reilly MaGuire finished in eighth place with a time of 1:41.35 in the 200 free, while Connor Hodges and Cole Wisecarver followed closely behind finishing in ninth and 10th place, respectively. Hodges broke his personal best time previously set in the morning session with a 1:40.56 finish and Wisecarver clocked in at 1:41.10.
The 400 yard medley relay team of Alex Taber, Phillip Crouch, Sean Arrington and Colin Kozak narrowly missed the podium with a fourth place finish in 3:22.49. The group's finish earned the Owls 30 points overall in the tournament.
Reilly MaGuire was inched out of medaling in the 100 yard backstroke by a fifth of a second. He swam a career best time of 50 seconds flat after setting that record earlier in the day during prelims. Alex Taber finished two spots behind him in sixth place with a time of 50.68.
Phillip Crouch III earned a seventh place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, checking in at 56.85. Earlier that morning, Crouch swam a career best 56.73.
In the 100 yard butterfly, Sean Arrington earned recorded a 49.73 time in the finals for a 12th place finish. Skylar Hamilton set a new career time in the event in the preliminary round, clocking in at 50.56, and went on to reset that career time at 50.35 for a 15th place finish. Jason Woodburn also recorded a lifetime best time in the prelims at 53.16.
Coach Preacco's take on day three:
"After a hard morning, our men stepped it up this afternoon and achieved a total of 17 LTBs. I am proud of the way they have been racing and fighting for every millisecond. Tonight LTBs culminated into a second place for Colin Kozak. I am looking forward to a lot more great swims tomorrow. Go Owls!"
Sean Arrington kicked things off with a bang for the Owls, recording a school record in the 100 IM clocking in at 51.86.
Logan Downey once again claimed second place in the 3 meter diving event with a zone qualifying score of 328.25. His score was also a new personal best. The freshman earned silver in both diving events for the Owls this week.
Calvin Lillo and Arrington finished within a second of each other in the 200 IM. Arrington took 10th place with a time of 1:52.71 and Lillo claimed 11th with a 1:53.54 time.
FAU had a pair of top 10 finishes in the 50 yard freestyle. Collin Kozak had a time of 20.73 for sixth place and Cole Wisecarver followed closely behind with a 21.05 time for eighth place.
The Owls took the podium with a third place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a team of Kozak, Wisecarver, Connor Smoak and Reilly MaGuire. The squad finished in 1:22.37 and earned FAU 32 points in the tournament.
Coach Preacco's take on day two:
"Another great day and team effort from our men's team, which ended with countless lifetime bests, as well as a third place finish from our relay and a silver medal for Logan. To cap the day and summarize our men's work ethic: tenacity and hard work - a school record from Sean, who has been after it for more than a year. Great job from everyone."
Logan Downey made the podium, earning second place in the 1 meter diving event with a score of 351.50. That score is a personal best for Downey and an FAU freshmen record.
The 800 yard freestyle relay team of Colin Kozak, Reilly MaGuire, Connor Hodges and Cole Wisecarver also earned a medal, finishing third with a time of 6:40.44. For Kozak, it was the first time swimming his leg of the race in under 1:40.00.
The 200 yard medley relay team of Reilly MaGuire, Phillip Crouch III, Sean Arrington and Cole Wisecarver earned fourth place with a time of 1:30.87. Maguire cut a whole second off of his 50 yard time during the event.
Coach Preacco's take on the first day:
"They had an incredible start to the CCSA Championship with six lifetime bests, a third place finish with our 800 free relay and a second place finish from our diver Logan. The men's team really went into this meet giving 100 percent and supporting each other in the best possible way. I am looking forward to an amazing weekend."
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