BOCA RATON, Fla. -
It was a successful year for Florida Atlantic University swimming and diving with the season culminating in a NCAA Championship appearance. The Owls saw numerous school and freshman records fall, and nearly every member of the team surpassed a lifetime best, most in multiple events.
Below are the season highlights for both the men and women.
- The men’s team finished fourth capturing six medals and 12 All-Conference honors at the 2017 Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Swimming & Diving Championships in February.
- FAU Diving Coach Yaidel Gamboa was honored as the CCSA Men’s Diving Coach of the Year while Ryan McIntire earned the title of Most Outstanding Male Diver of the Championship after defending his titles in both the 1-meter (398.35) and 3-meter (414.55) breaking both school records that he previously held. McIntire also competed at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships for the second-consecutive year.
- The duo of John Nolte and John Brennock both medaled at the championship with third-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly (48.78) and 100-yard backstroke (48.67). The pair were part of the 400-yard medley relay (3:20.07) along with Cole Wisecarver and Phillip Crouch III that took third.
- The men ended the CCSA Championships on the podium as Connor Smoak, Wisecarver, Brennock and Nolte earned a third-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:59.42).
- In regular-season action FAU defeated conference opponents Gardner-Webb, Old Dominion and NJIT. Brennock, Nolte and McIntire helped set the pace for the Owls with 16, eight and nine wins each.
- The Owls had 11 men named to the FAU All-Academic Team for the Fall 2016 semester. The team’s efforts in the classroom were led by Dean’s List members Aaron Spence and Connor Hodges.
- Diver Victoria Moretti proved to be an important addition to the Owls’ squad as she was the first diver to advance to the NCAA Championships since Marion Reiff in 2002. The freshman competed in both the 3-meter and platform at the championships after qualifying for both events at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships. Prior to that, she won the 1-meter (296.55) and 3-meter (317.10) titles at the Conference USA (C-USA) Swimming and Diving Championships to earn Diver of the Meet honors. Coach Gamboa was named the C-USA Diving Coach of the Year for his efforts.
- The women set 16 lifetime best times over the course of C-USA Championships and finished sixth.
- The team of Kalanne Krause, Savannah Sawyers, Kelsey Witkay and Melanie Doan had another impressive performance at the FAU at conference championships as they posted a 3:57.32 in the 400-yard medley relay to break the freshman record previously set in 1997.
- The women had a solid regular season with a win over Florida Tech and a seventh-place finish at George Mason’s Patriot Invitational. Senior team captain Hannah Roper helped set the tone as one of the Owls’ top performers claiming four individual wins during the regular season. The Owls also saw freshmen Sharon Kok, Danielle Zacharias and Moretti claim multiple victories throughout the year.
- The women’s team was named a College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team for the fifth consecutive-semester after achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the fall 2016 semester. Twenty-one members of the squad were recognized by FAU for earning a 3.0 GPA or better. Alexis DeLisle and Kelsey Witkay led the way earning FAU Dean’s List recognition. DeLisle also earned C-USA All-Academic honors after holding a 3.911 cumulative grade point average with a major in biological science.
The Owls will continue training to prepare for next season as well as welcome the 2017-18 recruiting class. For all the latest swimming and diving news, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram @fauswimdive and visit www.FAUsports.com.