Sept. 28, 2012
The Florida Atlantic men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads hit the pool for their first meet of the season this weekend.
The teams are competing in the All-Florida Invite, held in Gainesville, Friday-Sunday, with the women being led by two honorable mention members of the Collegeswimming.com Mid-Major All-American team.
Senior Eszter Bucz added two more Sun Belt Conference Championships to her resume last year. Her time in the 400 IM broke the SBC record, and was one of five school record-breaking performances that Bucz was involved in at that event. She was named team MVP at the end-of-season banquet and won two SBC Swimmer of the Week awards last year.
In her first year, now-sophomore Anett Kovacs set an individual school record in the 200-yard butterfly and was also part of two relay squads that set new FAU standards. During the regular season, she had the conference’s fastest times in two different individual events.
Another freshman from last year, Lublin, Poland’s Iwona Lefanowicz, not only had two top-10 performances in the conference, but two FAU school records as well. She swam a 56.22 in the 100-yard backstroke (seventh in the conference) and 1:59.99 in the 200-yard backstroke (fourth).
On the men’s side, the Owls’ top sprint swimmer returning is senior Eric Williams, who held the Sun Belt’s best regular season time last year in the 50-yard freestyle. He swam a 20.44 on November 18, 2011. Williams, from Satellite Beach, Florida, also had the sixth-best time in the conference in the 100-yard freestyle, a 45.76 achieved at that same meet.
Also back for the men, providing depth and experience, are seniors Alan Forbes and Steven Wright, juniors Erik Erton and John Walsh, and sophomore Torbjorn Persson. The men have 17 newcomers on the roster.
On the boards, Ronald Cortina, returns with two Diver of the Week awards under his belt. The first was for the week November 8, 2011. Then, on the final week of the season, Cortina’s Senior Day saw him finish first on the 1-meter board with a score of 306.10, nearly 30 points higher than any other meet this season. Later, on the 3-meter board, he exceeded his season high by 11 points, finishing at 343.55. The team’s top scorer at the Sun Belt Championships, sophomore Gregory Cox, is also back.